The bottom of the river

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The bottom of the river

The bottom of the river

The journey is not about becoming perfect. As Dr. Brene Brown says, perfectionism is just a shield–a desire to be so faultless that we are above judgement.  It is unrealistic and unattainable.  There will always be mess.  There will always be judgement, no matter what you do. The journey is about realising that you are already enough. It is about stripping away the layers of stuff, mental and physical, that you cling on to.  All of those things you hide behind and self-medicate with. Pema Chodron has an analogy that I return to often. Imagine you, your life, as a

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Don’t be a minimalist snob!

When you first discover something that excites you or makes you feel good, it’s perfectly normal to want everyone else to feel that way too. Whether it’s meditation, budgeting, running, religion, a new album, good coffee, clean eating or minimalism, it’s easy to become evangelical about it and to want to share the thing that is transforming your life with everyone else.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that–that’s how people discover new things, and make positive changes in their lives.  That’s what I’m doing, in part, with this blog. But, while there will undoubtedly be some who jump on

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Three mistakes beginner minimalists make

Now, it’s true that minimalists come in all shapes and sizes, and I definitely don’t subscribe to the idea that there is a criteria for being a minimalist–but I would like to talk about three things that I have caught myself doing at the beginning of my minimalism journey that are not necessarily helpful.  You might recognise these behaviours, too! 1.  Believing that buying a certain kind of object makes you a minimalist. Yes, I have done this.  I have searched on eBay and Amazon for ‘minimalist jewellery’ or ‘simple tea light holders’.  I even bought myself a Daniel Wellington

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Coffee and a chat

Hi, I’m Louise.  Welcome to Minimal Belle!  It’s great to have you here. Those of you who have been following me for a short time on wordpress.com will know that I tend to write about my journey into minimalism and better managing my finances–though I also touch on other areas of my life, such as teaching, veganism, mindfulness and my family’s current experience of Alzheimer’s.  (My mum is caring for my beloved grandma at the moment, who is succumbing to the latter stages of the disease.  I will write more about her in another post.) My main focus is really

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