Flawlessly flawed!

Flowers 3I am a perfect minimalist.

I consume very little.

I appreciate each and every item I own.

I don’t shop any more.

I count my possessions to ensure they don’t exceed a number I have in my head.

I apply my minimalist principles 24/7 in all aspects of my life.

I only ever …..

Oh sorry, I seem to have drifted off there for a minute and ended up in some kind of fantasy land 😉

So, I spent some time with a friend this weekend. We had a wonderful time together. We had lunch, we chatted, we laughed, we caught up on those tiny details in a way that’s only possible when you have unlimited time. And then we shopped. I bought some pretty things.

Did I need them? Nope!

Did I review my wardrobe for gaps in advance? Nope!

Did I research them first? Nope!

I bought them – just because.

And then an attack of the guilts set in when I realised that – shocker – I am not perfect – I am a flawed minimalist, flawlessly so! Sometimes I buy things when I know better.

Now, I will make sure I use and enjoy the things I bought, more so because none of them were essential items.

But – full disclosure – one of my first guilty thoughts was – no-one must know about this! Because I’m supposed to be – you know – a minimalist!

Then realism and common sense took over.

My blog’s tagline is ‘Journey to Simplicity’ for a reason. I’m not perfect – this is an evolutionary process and for every step forward I take, I often take one backwards. But at least I keep trying. And as Martin Luther King said:

‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.’

I thought it might be helpful to share this little story on the blog. Sometimes I read other blogs and think those people have it all sorted. Maybe they do but maybe they don’t. And for those who don’t, you are not alone!!

Have a great week 😊

  10 comments for “Flawlessly flawed!

  1. November 6, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Oooh thought you were the perfect minimalist, for a minute haha. Thank goodness, lovely and normal like the rest of us. Not sure if I’ll ever be a true minimalist (whatever that is). However, at least I have a lot less stuff now especially in my wardrobe. Great post. Cheers Axxx

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    • November 6, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Hi there, couldn’t agree more – what is a ‘true minimalist’ anyway?! We’re all just doing our best here. Really enjoying all your travel blogs lately and your lovely photos, Lxx

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  2. November 6, 2018 at 2:53 am

    We all have our ups and downs. I love the fact that you are open about your journey. Anybody who claims to be perfect is not someone who is relate-able. Thanks for keeping it real! 🙂

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    • November 6, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Thanks Cristy – my life is all too real when it comes to failures and setbacks so I may as well just embrace it! Even the failures teach us something and so are a step forward! Lxx

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  3. November 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Hahaha! One of my biggest ‘failures’ is the absolute mess my garage is in. My house is almost empty, but my garage looks the same as it did when I started decluttering the house seven (?) years ago. I always think of the garage and wonder if I am a “real” minimalist. But I know that in my heart I am. It is a journey for all of us and thank goodness we can be imperfect at it 😊

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    • November 5, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Well said, Faye, couldn’t agree more! One of these days, no doubt, your garage will be sorted but it’s all part of the process! Thanks for reading, Lxx

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  4. November 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

    No one has it “all” sorted and that’s the beauty of our world and each of us in it! Ironically, our post scheduled for Monday takes another little jab at the “perfect” minimalist!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Once again, my friend, we are on the same page! Will look forward to reading Monday’s post! Lxx

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  5. November 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Hi Lol, I wonder if sometimes people project who they want to be, rather than who they really are. The truth is we’re all flawed and imperfect – I think that’s what makes us human and interesting. And, as you say here, it’s OK to accept ourselves as we are – “flaws” and all.

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    • November 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm

      Absolutely Julie! You’re so right. I read other people’s journeys and they sometimes seem like a straight trajectory, which is fantastic for them. All I know is that mine is not – but that’s fine for me – it is what it is. And, as you say, the key is acceptance not perfection! Lxx

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