Over the last few years, I’ve moved home several times, including once across the world. Every time, I had to pack everything I own into suitcases and boxes and drag them into a waiting vehicle, ready to be driven off to my next destination.
With all of this work, it’s no wonder I developed my minimalist tendencies to black belt level. I also don’t like to leave ‘unfinished business’, so I tend to get rid of everything I’m not taking, rather than leave stuff behind. It’s quite an exhausting experience to pick up and move, not just physically but also emotionally – saying goodbye to the people I care about (Skype is amazing but it’s not the same as being present) and beginning the next journey with all it’s worries and expectations of what my new life will be like and not knowing what the future holds.
At the same time, it’s exciting, which is why I love to travel and moving is something I’ve learned to take into my stride. But there were many times I wondered what it would be like to settle down, even for just a little while.
Now, for the first time in years, I have finally found a place where I have decided to stay for more than just a few months. I have moved in with one of my closest friends into a neat little studio apartment in the middle of a wonderful city.
Everyday, I experience something new. I can actually buy normal things like a laundry rack knowing that I will get good use out of it. I can rekindle my love for playing the piano. I can read paperback books. I can have my own set of colour pens.
landing pad vs. launch pad
One of my tech heroes Gwen Bell once wrote about this subject and even though the post is no longer on her blog, it resonated with me so much that I still remember it - is a home a landing pad, or is it really a launch pad?
If I think about it, all of my projects and goals start right here. Everything I want, plan and will do begins with goal setting and research which I do from my home, wherever that is. So, for me, it’s not just a place to wind down but also a place to begin my next endeavour.
With that in mind, I’m actually looking forward to exploring all of the possibilities I have now that I’ve stopped moving for a while. Travelling offers amazing opportunities but having stability has good points too.
I may have a couple new luxuries but I haven’t turned into a hoarder. I still love to travel, and I still don’t like the idea of having more clothes I can fit into a single suitcase. Wherever I am, it’s in my nature to cultivate a minimalist environment.
The blog will of course continue (thank you for all of your support so far) and I feel I will be shifting more towards minimalism at home rather than minimalism and travelling (for now).
And finally, even though now I have the chance to start growing some roots, I haven’t forgotten one of the most important teachings I’ve learned over the last few years, it’s written on my window to remind me everyday – nothing lasts forever, so why not make the most of every moment?
ps. Apologies for how ‘me-centric’ this post is, it’ll be back to normal next time
- The secret to minimalist travel
- A beginner’s guide to one bag living
- Simple philosophies – live with less