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Who am I?

My name is Jessica Dang. I am the writer behind Minimal Student, a running fan with a little bit of an obsession with Japan. A few years ago, I had an epiphany.

It was was so simple, that I could not believe that there are people who don’t see it. Each of us have only one chance to live life. It sounds obvious, but how many of us are putting happiness aside so that instead of living life, we’re working or wasting it away? I was working at a job I hated, just so that I could buy things that the TV or people around me told me I needed to ‘be happy’. At the same time, school was sucking my life away – I was forced to learn about things I didn’t care about or were no use to me, and I was feeling burned out and aimless all the time.

When I finally woke up, I finished up with school, quit my job and began my search for something challenging, something worth doing, something extraordinary.

What is Minimal Student about?

What is happiness? What does it mean? Where does it come from and how can I find it? Two years ago, I decided I would find out the answers before it was too late. My journey lead me to Buddhism and from there, thanks to some great people, books and blogs, I discovered a whole new world of minimalism.

Over time, I learned that the best things in life aren’t things, and yet we spend out whole lives trying to accumulate stuff – clothes, cars, houses, fancy dinners, big televisions. There are people that have all of this stuff and are still unhappy, and there are people that have none of it and are happy – because they lead fulfilling lives that make a difference in the world. Clearly, stuff doesn’t equal happiness – great experiences and meaningful relationships do.

Since then, it has become my philosophy to live simply, so that I can achieve my dreams and have a piece of happiness too. I decided I wanted to be able to fit my entire life into the back of a car and leave home for university. Then, I decided to reduce all of my belongings to fewer than 100 things (that’s one suitcase) and move to the other side of the world for a year. I’ve travelled all over Japan and parts of Asia, meeting the most interesting people, listening to their amazing stories, eating deliciously heart-warming foods and seeing some of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Minimalism has transformed my life so much that I started this blog to talk about minimalism with people who want to change their lives too. Now I aim to live my life fearlessly, constantly learning and exploring what it means to be human. If you’re wondering about my minimalist credentials, you can check out my minimalist:

Or if you’re new to Minimal Student, why not check out the most popular posts? – And if you’ve been reading for a while, thank you so much for supporting me, it’s because you are so awesome that I can carry on writing even when all I want to do is sleep ;) If you have any comments or suggestions for topics, let me know via minimalstudent@gmail.com or hit me up on twitter @minimalstudent. Enjoy!

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