Enough!

Flowers 1When reviewing my summer capsule, at one point I paused to anxiously survey the contents of my wardrobe. Would it be enough, I wondered?

Here’s the thing …

The answer to that will always be a resounding – Yes.

  • We have more than we think
  • We need less than we imagine
  • We always have enough

Right – that’s enough profundity for one post – back to the capsule!

I wrote recently about a trip to Amsterdam where my only clothing option was to wear one pair of jeans, one pair of sandals and a variety of tops. Before that trip, I wouldn’t have considered that to be enough. But it was. That situation was born out of circumstances rather than a planned action, but it was still okay. I had enough.

More than that, it gave me quite a sense of freedom.   Once I got my head around it and accepted the situation, it was quite liberating.

There is a lovely Swedish word, lagom, which apparently means ‘just the right amount’. And of course, the right amount for me may not be the right amount for you; enough for me looks different to what’s enough for you. I don’t think there’s a short cut to minimalism as a lifestyle – there is no recipe or template. I find great freedom in that, but it can also be a bit difficult because you have to figure it out for yourself.

Minimalism doesn’t lend itself to too much definition. It’s a way of bringing meaning to your life – yours! Trying to classify different degrees of minimalism isn’t very helpful and I think can be born out of fear or anxiety. ‘Am I doing this right?’. ‘Am I a proper minimalist?’. ‘I don’t think I’m as minimalist as someone I’ve just seen on You Tube’ – they only own twenty items!’ And so on.

So, yes, I have enough in my summer capsule. I love and enjoy nearly all (hmm … more of that in a future post!) of my pieces and certainly have plenty to make numerous outfits. As the saying goes, happiness is not having what you want – it’s wanting what you have.

Have a great week 😊

  6 comments for “Enough!

  1. July 17, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I love those three opening points, Lorraine! Ditto when it comes to ‘happiness is not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have’ – short and sweet but it speaks volumes. I can always trust your posts to get me into a philosophical mood. 😊

    I’ve often had that nagging panic of ‘will it be enough?’ and I’ve unnecessarily bought multiples of clothing items in the past because of that fear, thinking that I’d never find anything quite the same, that the design would surely be discontinued, that nothing else would fit quite so well. Of course, none of those fears ever materialised, but I guess in my old mindset I didn’t have the instinct I now have for knowing what constitutes ‘enough’. Oh, the wisdom of hindsight!

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    • July 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Hi lovely Lisa, thanks so much for your comments. Glad to have helped spark a philosophical mood!! Oh, I’m so with you regarding the multiples of clothing items! I used to do the whole ‘if you like something, buy it in every colour’ and then proceed to only wear the black coloured one!! I’m much more relaxed about styles or skincare or make-up being discontinued now – whereas before I would have stocked up. Wisdom of hindsight indeed!!! Lxxx

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  2. July 15, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Just like our design philosophy..there is the Perfect LBD for everyone! I’ve always told my kids that the right amount of freedom, responsibility, love, money (especially) money is enough. Too much of anything in excess always causes stress! Love those red petunias!

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    • July 16, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Hi Laurel, beautiful analogy with the perfect LBD! And totally agree about too much excess just leads to stress. I love these petunias – the stripes just cheer up the garden – Mr. Minimal-Lol is responsible for these!! Lxxx

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  3. July 15, 2018 at 9:22 am

    My father grew those petunias. I wondered if Jack And Meg White knew about them…

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    • July 15, 2018 at 10:54 am

      🙂 It could surely be their emblem!!! Mr. Minimal-Lol grows these petunias for me – he’s so good. He knows they’re among my favourites and always makes sure there are some in the garden. The striped variety were a new departure this year and I love them. Thanks so much for reading, Lxx

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