My friend Mark is a free spirit. He has no profile on Facebook, no Twitter and no blog. I’d find it hard to believe if he had an e-mail address nowadays. Mark has an active social life, which he fills with new people constantly. He takes life as it comes, even if that means having to go through difficult situations sometimes. He threads lightly on this earth, usually not owning more than a handful of things. If he has his guitar, a good read and some clothes on his back, he has all he need.
Mark was my witness when my wife and I got married, some seven years ago. We met eachother by fate and by fate lost sight of eachother again. Mark and I met when I was 21 years old. I was a single guy, living in a small apartment downtown. He was living in a youth shelter nearby, for one reason or the other. Mark started attending our church and that is how we first met. We got along really well and eventually, we decided to share my flat.
Is there room for collections and keepsakes in a minimalist home? A tough question. Collections of things can add up to clutter fast. Keepsakes are nice to remember a certain event, but in the meantime they must be put somewhere. Is their added value bigger than the space they require? What about moving? Are you willing to spend time on carefully packaging your collections, or is it better to just sell all of it?
Have you ever stopped and wondered what your legacy will be? Everyone is leaving behind something when they meet other people. Are you showing others to become better people or are you one of those ‘bad influences’ our mothers have warned us about? While you might think you’re living your life and nobody takes notice, quite the opposite is true: Whether we like it or not, some of our values will rub off on other people when we encounter them. This can either be positive or negative.
Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly why you’re so attracted to minimalism? Is it because you long for a clean and tidy home, with ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’? Perhaps you yearn for more time to spend on travel or with family. Nina Yau just wrote two posts about the alluring beauty of minimalism. Perhaps she’s right and it is a seductive lifestyle for those who are not into it yet. Maybe we are showing people another way of life, which is very different than theirs, but nevertheless very beautiful. If any of these reasons is your reason for pursuing a minimalist lifestyle, than good!
For the forth post in the ‘minimalist menu Monday’ series, we have an encounter with the powerful Nina Yau, author of ‘castles in the air‘. Nina recently quit her day job and is now ready for adventure! A few weeks ago, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan and who knows what’s in store for her… Today, she shares with us her insights on eating, the minimalist way.
If you’re a minimalist eater yourself and care to be featured in one of the upcoming Monday posts, please feel free to e-mail me. I’ll send you the questionnaire and you’ll be good to go! *Note that you do not need a blog or website to be featured!* Any requests may be sent to