Minimalism defines a lifestyle different to what advertising campaigns sell us. We get up, exercise, commute, work, commute, eat, sleep and repeat the process five times a week. Weekends are spent recovering: cleaning our homes, washing clothes, grocery shopping, meal prepping, seeing friends and family and getting ready to start over again. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? The Minimalists preach a different life than the one advertising campaigns sell us: a smaller house, fewer possessions, rich relationships and better health. Today I will delve into three important messages I got from The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus’ book, Minimalism.
Nothing boosts me up and inspires me more than a great podcast. Mia Freedman is the owner of the world’s largest female podcasting network with a range of shows go across a number of areas from work and career, health, politics, fashion, art, parenting. Where does this book review fit on a website that is curating resources and creating a new narrative for millennials and finance. The answer is everywhere! Today I will delve into three important messages I got from Freedman’s book, Work, Strife, Balance that have fuelled my financial journey.
How often do you buy new clothes? What do you do with your old clothes? Do you know what your clothes are made from and who makes them? I bumped into my neighbour, Meg, and she shared with me her new business, Robe & Crown a business where Meg is selling high quality, natural fibre, second hand clothes. In our conversation we got talking about the Slow Clothing movement and Meg lent me her friend Brisbane based entrepreneur and author, Jane Milburn’s, book Slow Clothing. I had seen Jane speak at the 2016 QUT TEDX event and feel quite a lot closer to the ideals she speaks about after I visited India and the garment factories for work with my clients in 2017. This article provides an overview of three lessons I learnt from Milburn to apply to my personal finance journey: repair items, repurpose items and do your research.
How far are you willing to go to reach your financial goals? I’ve recently hit a wall with my budgeting. A high wall. A $16,500 wall that 15 months is mentally crushing me. It’s is not that much considering how far I have come. Considering that my board and amount of savings I need to budget to achieve my goal is sitting at about 60% of my net income. I’ve come back to Harvard Professor, Angela Duckworth’s book for inspiration. In this article I’ll share with you my recent continued hardaches and the three elements I have come back to in Duckworth’s research to recentre and recalibrate.
Have you ever had the courage to contact a stranger on social media? In January 2018 a post from Underspent author, Rachel Smith, showed up in my Linkedin feed. Rachel has merged her talents, hobbies and passions across different areas: she is an advocate for cyclists advising internationally on transport planning and infrastructure, she is passionate about the environment, minimalism and reducing waste, where I most admired Rachel centred around a large challenge that she set for herself in 2014 where she bought nothing new or second hand for over a year. This helped her to save 38% of her salary, $52,680. I plucked up the courage and sent Rachel a private message on Linkedin and we ended up arranging to meet for lunch. I have since read Rachel’s book, Underspent, which details her year of giving up shopping in 2014. This article provides an overview of three lessons I learnt from Rachel to apply to my personal finance journey: making new rules, getting organised and rewarding yourself with experiences.
What sorts of systems do you have in place to help you think about your budget? The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, provided me with three great takeaways: the implementation of an electronic envelope system, a reassessment of superannuation and although I can’t participate in the idea of a “hot financial date” each month the encouragement to share my journey…