Be both minimal and maximal? More resourceful, solution oriented, and less wasteful, minimalism is as present as maximalism in my life. I love collecting, decorating, and organizing treasures, usually go big on most projects, carry personality traits to the nth degree, and live life to the fullest every day. While I do that, I am very aware of my footprint. It makes sense to me to minimize certain things to live maximally.
Freedom to Choose Less
- Buy books secondhand
- Borrow from the library
- Enjoy digital and audio books
- Waste less, use all parts of produce
- Work less, gotta love leftovers
- Use less plastic
- Avoid chemicals
- Shop secondhand for home and clothes
- Create less angst, choose kindness and healthful living
- Avoid crowd protest, gossip, and possible mayhem
- Less anarchy (support democracy, elected officials, vote!)
- Stifle disrespect, support faith and clergy
More and more I am finding that the treasures and best things in life are often not new at the store and they are not procured with a lot of angst. They are local or even at home. They are handmade, homemade, recycled, and have the patina of love, care, and choice. My greatest pleasure, and I went big, are my four kiddos who teach me all the time so I can love life even more.
Respecting authority and our God given freedom of choice, choosing wisely, and simplifying my corner of existence so that my footprint is on track is a spiritual journey. My treasures and my pleasures may be maximalist but I try to be intentional and do minimal harm. Minimalism and maximalism are central to a lifestyle of “better and less”.