A more meaningful life

Steph at Make More Meaning recently asked me to contribute a post to a series she has created called Meaningful May. She is exploring different aspects of what brings meaning to our lives and in what ways. Thanks for including me in this lovely series, Steph.

 

DaffodilI have been reading about and actively pursuing minimalism for a number of years. Within the minimalist community, there is often a focus on ‘what now?’. That is, I’ve de-cluttered, I’ve pared my clothes down, I don’t have a junk drawer any more, I can see the work surfaces in the kitchen, the cat is no longer buried under a pile of washing – what now? The key purpose of minimalism is to get rid of the excess to make room for that which is most meaningful in your life.

Well, I did it the other way around! I had a set of circumstances in my life, whereby a loved one was ill. It was uncharted territory for me, there wasn’t a lot of support around (my family and most of my friends are in Ireland) and my job had entered a particularly demanding phase. Of necessity, I had to pare back on the non-essentials, to concentrate on the most important element – my loved one and their road to recovery. But it wasn’t enough. And I didn’t know what to do.

One particularly bad day, I could feel the waters closing in over my head and I felt panic wasn’t too far off. Years ago, doubtless, I may have headed to a library! But I booted up the all-knowing Google and typed in ‘how can I make my life simpler?’. I got a lot of nonsense back about minimalism and was cross that Google had let me down. I didn’t need to be distracted with looking at sites about gorgeous interior décor (a welcome hobby but just not now). Then I typed in ‘simplicity’ and again, all these recommendations came up about minimalism.

Impatiently, I clicked on one of them. And then another. And then two hours had passed and I was still reading about this thing called ‘minimalism’.

Turns out, it’s not about interior décor and having white walls! It’s literally a whole other world.

A world of meaning, a world of less. Less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less worry.

A world of meaning, a world of more. More time, more energy, more clarity, more significance.

So, when lovely Steph asked me to be part of this series, I jumped at the chance. Steph writes about how she brings meaning into her life and all the different facets involved. I write about how my road to meaning is paved with minimalism. It saved my sanity. It gave me the tools to stop worrying about the ‘stuff’ and start focusing on what’s meaningful and important.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have all answers. It hasn’t been an easy ride and I still have a long way to go. But I truly don’t know where I would have been if I hadn’t discovered it. Something would have had to give. And I don’t like to dwell on what that might have been. I am lucky and blessed. And I want to give others the chance to find out more about it, in the hope that it may bring more meaning to their lives too.

Have a great week 🙂

 

  18 comments for “A more meaningful life

  1. June 19, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Reblogged this on SEO.

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    • June 19, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Ellustar, thank you so much for re-blogging this post, sincerely appreciated, Lxxx

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  2. June 4, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hello Lorraine! I’m pretty late in getting to reading this post and it’s now June, but I figure that it’s better late than never! (I’ve been in study lockdown lately!)

    What a lovely contribution to Steph’s series; thank you for sharing an intimate part of your minimalist ‘back story’ with us, Lorraine. It’s interesting that you found minimalism the other way around, so to speak. It seems that sometimes people go searching for simplicity and sometimes it finds them. Either way, I’m always inspired by reading others’ stories and their unique journeys. I love how you say that minimalism is both a world of less and a world of more – well said, Lorraine, it’s so true. 🙂

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    • June 4, 2018 at 8:42 am

      Hi Lisa, welcome back to the blogosphere! I figured it was a hectic time of the year for you regarding study – hope all is going well. Thank you for your kind comments. I thought Steph’s series triggered a whole gamut of different experiences from us all – I loved reading all the posts, including your own insightful contribution, and seeing how the ‘meaningful’ aspect was interpreted in various different ways. It was lovely to have been a part of that. Lxx

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      • June 4, 2018 at 11:04 am

        Thanks for the welcome back, Lorraine! I have missed you!!! At the moment it feels a bit strange to be a person who stays intentionally un-busy but then being temporarily really busy! Reconciling those two things feels a little tricky…

        Definitely agree that Steph’s series has been a great experience and I’ve really enjoyed connecting over it. 🙂

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        • June 4, 2018 at 11:05 am

          Missed you too, my kindred spirit!!! Lxxx

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        • June 20, 2018 at 8:45 am

          Kindred spirits we are indeed! xxx 😘

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  3. June 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I started out by reading the book Stuffocation by James Wallman, which is fascinating. He delves into the history of consumerism as well as simplifying your life. Brilliant. Now I listen to The Minimalists podcast, essays and read about other people’s experiences too. Also, keep decluttering too, of course! Xxx

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    • June 1, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Hi there, thanks so much for stopping by. I always enjoy reading your blog and especially looking at your beautiful photos. I’ve also read Stuffocation, it’s a brilliant read. I’m a big fan of the Minimalists’ podcast too. And you’re right about the de-cluttering, it sometimes seems never-ending!! Lxx

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  4. May 29, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing how you discovered minimalism and why it’s been so meaningful for you. I’m so glad this simple concept was able to help you through such a rough time. It’s truly remarkable how many different things add meaning to our lives!

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    • May 30, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Hiya Steph, thanks so much for including me in this lovely series. It’s amazing how different people see different things when they start to examine meaning in more depth! Lxx

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  5. May 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing more of your story. We arrive at this journey with all sorts of motivations, and caring for a loved one who is ill surely brings much into focus in terms of priorities. I love how you put this so eloquently: “A world of meaning, a world of less. Less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less worry. A world of meaning, a world of more. More time, more energy, more clarity, more significance.”

    This expresses so well the reasons I aspire to a more minimalist lifestyle as well. Thank you!

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    • May 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you so much, Cristy – I’m glad you liked it, Lxx

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  6. May 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    A post on a Tuesday? I’m impressed! Have to chime in on the minimalism and white walls comment of course. You are exactly right! As designers we often have to work in the reverse with clients and tactfully tell them painting something white will not change their lives! To our firm, a minimalistic design is about working with less to achieve more….an then not having as much to dust! Great post!-Laurel

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    • May 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Laurel. I can’t take too much credit for the Tuesday post as it’s part of a series and Steph at Make More Meaning posts on a Tuesday!! I like your outlook regarding working with less to achieve more – minimalism in a nutshell!! And who doesn’t love less dusting?!! Lxx

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