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The Simple Guide To A Minimalist Life

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Why is it, do you think, that we just don’t feel like we’re ‘good enough’ unless our lives are full? Of tasks and errands and appointments, but also of stuff – toys and gadgets and the latest gear. The dream car, house, life. The latest phone or laptop. What is it about our overfilled lives that is really so appealing?

We’re so busy trying to get everything done and attain all of life’s goodies, that we forget to stop and look around every once in a while. To even acknowledge the possibility that less, perhaps, could be more.

Take just a moment to consider what it is that’s truly important to you. Start with experiences – what are one or two activities that you truly love (or think you’d love) to do? And how often do those things feature in your life? If life really is *now* (and I’m pretty sure it is), as opposed to something you’re going to get to once you finish being busy, then shouldn’t those things happen daily? Weekly at the very least. Now how about possessions? Think of a handful of items that really matter to you. Things that you’d grab in a fire. Perhaps your book collection, a treasured piece of art, an important piece of jewelery. How frequently do you have the opportunity to enjoy or even notice these things in your oh-so-full world?

And don’t you ever get sick and tired of the endless need to be, have, do, keep up? You know you’re never going to finish that to-do list. You can push yourself as hard as you like, but you’re never going to get to a point where it’s all done, or where you have it all. Kind of wearying, isn’t it? Unless, of course, you decide to give up the chase. To pare back your life until it contains only the bare essentials. I’m not talking about living a spartan existence, but about cutting out the clutter and noise until the only things left are those that really matter to you. Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been busy paring back one previously all-consuming part of my life – my email account. I must have unsubscribed to over 50 newsletters and blogs. I’ve actually been quite shocked at how long this took me to do, I really didn’t think I’d signed up for that much stuff! As someone who regularly receives over 100 emails per day, and who has somehow managed to link feelings of anxiety with high numbers of new emails each morning, you can imagine my delight when I woke up a couple Saturday’s ago to just 4 new emails. All of which were welcome and interesting to me. It was quite the revelation, even if it did leave me wondering how on earth I was going to fill my morning (hmmm, perhaps with something I actually want to do).

And it made me think –

What else can I change? Being a visual person, I decided it was time to attack the way my workspace looked. Out went the old notes to self, the bills (I entered the due dates into my online reminder service), the cards and discount offers I’d been holding on to for who knows what reason. Next came my wardrobe. I threw out boxes and boxes of rubbish, and donated nearly an entire carload of clothes. By the time the day was over, I was on a rampage of file deletion, household Spring clinging and unnecessary-appointment-canceling. And it’s really been quite mind-blowing, the effect all this has had on my life in these past few days. It’s – liberating. By stripping much of my life back to basics I feel, more than anything, as though I’ve cleared out my head. As though I can focus on the things I want to be filling my time with (and time is something I suddenly have so much more of, now that I don’t have to sort through things to find what I want, empty my inbox every 2 hours, waste my time at useless meetings).

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I’ve been slowly pursuing the path of minimalism for quite a while now. Almost unwittingly – I think I’d just had enough. But my inspiration to really take things to the next level? To consciously eliminate and to actively start saying no to more? A simple ten buck e-book. It’s called The Simple Guide To A Minimalist Life, is written by Leo Babauta, and is far and away one of the easiest reads I’ve come across of late.

In fact, I skim-read the entire thing in around 15 minutes, including stopping to implement some of the advice on simplifying my MacAir desktop, which is now the calm-inducing image you see on the left, as opposed to a mish-mash of icons, applications, a loaded dock, and a bunch of files that I’m supposedly going to read.

Anyway, here’s a listing of the chapters:

  • A small irony
  • Notes on using this book
  • What is a minimalist life?
  • Overall minimalist principles
  • How to become a minimalist
  • Contentedness
  • Rethinking necessities
  • Simplify what you do
  • Clearing clutter
  • Minimalist home
  • Minimalist workspace
  • Minimalist computer
  • Going paperless, digitizing
  • Minimalist travel
  • Wardrobe and grooming
  • Minimalist food
  • Minimalist fitness
  • Minimalist finances
  • Finding simplicity with kids
  • Dealing with non-minimalist loved ones
  • Minimalism is the end of organizing
  • Step lightly upon this world: on sustainability
  • FAQs
  • Other resources

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Leo runs Zen Habits, which is one of my favorite blogs and one of the only few to survive the culling of my inbox. I’ll admit I don’t agree with the nutritional advice this book – Leo is a vegan. I don’t think I need to remind you that veganism is pretty much the complete opposite of what I teach (and certainly not a sustainable or green approach to nutrition in my mind, never mind the considerable short and long-term impairments to your health – more in an upcoming post). The great thing even on this point, however, is that Leo does a fine job of demonstrating what has worked for him and allowed him to pare back his home, work, and life to the point where it truly only is about the things he loves, without ever implying you have to follow in his exact footsteps. Each chapter provides brief, clear and very ‘easy-to-believe-in’ advice. I particularly like his use of quotations throughout the book, my favorite being that by Antoine de Saint-Exupe –

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Leo’s own definition of a life of minimalism is that it’s “one that is stripped of the unnecessary, to make room for that which gives you joy.”

And isn’t that what we all ultimately are looking for? More joy, in whatever form that may be for you? For me it starts with more headspace, with the gradual removal of the self-inflicted pressure to be so many different things all at once, and to get everything checked off that never-ending list. And I’m getting there, bit-by-bit. If something similar sounds appealing then click here to purchase your own copy of The Simple Guide To A Minimalist Life. For just $9.95, it just might help you change yours.

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

Rebel.
Upstart.
Fuck the system; screw the rules.
Won’t do what they told me.
Too much.
Unreasonable.
Ridiculous.
Unprofessional.
Crazy!

Should I go on? I could, but I think you get the picture.

You’re the one who is not only not like the other PEOPLE, you’re also not like the other entrepreneurs.

They, they actually think they’re different; non-conformists?! Don’t make me laugh. You and I both see it as it is:

They just wanna be told how to build a pretty little website and a pretty little social media page or three and a pretty little online product or course and get their pretty little headshots and do a pretty little pre-scripted dance all over the internet so that other equally pretty fucking bland and boring and same same-y peoples pay them money,

And they can all sit in a pretty little womans circle together patting each other linking elbows and stroking each others hair and singing Kumbaya as the sun sets over another day of sinking ever deeper into the unremarkableness that is their lives.

They are the ones who are not only willing to jump through hoops, they also want to build more hoops for other people; they want to perpetuate the hoop jumping life and their whole sales pitch is basically some version of “I will help you to have a better and shinier hoop, come see!”

lolol

BUT REALLY.

Meanwhile, you –

You’ve tried the hoop-jumping life, maybe more than what you care to admit. And, whilst you’ve nothing against sitting around with other ladeez and stroking each others hair, you and your girls; the real ones?

You don’t exactly fit in in the typical woman’s circle.

You don’t feel at home with the pretty-preneurs, not even on the internet let alone in real life.

You don’t actually GIVE a fuck about having all your shit perfect,

Polished,

And just so –

And the idea of having sales and marketing and content processes which you have to systematically pre-plan and then work through and endlessly join dots with?

Makes you want to hurl.

Sure –

You’ve bought in at times to do the idea that maybe you DO gotta do it as they say.

An automated webinar, perhaps?? Facebook ads which carefully and smartly tell the world who you are and how you can help? A sales plan proven and tested by the greats. The gradual sinking slow decline of your soul, your joy, your dreams, and even your pussy as everything within you that once knew she could HAVE IT ALL AND DO LIFE HER WAY SLOWLY DRIES,

WITHERS TO NOTHING,

AND DIES?

Sure –

Why not

And look.

It’s not that any of these things are bad or wrong. Maybe right now you’ve got to a certain point by playing by the rules … kind of. Following what ‘logic’ suggests you do. Breaking free here and there with wild little jaunts into over the top madness, noticing how THAT lights you up and also how people respond to it … but ultimately continuing to go back to trying to find the right fucking system to get you to where you want to go,

Because this thing of trying to just be you interspersed with trying to get it all right and make it work, well –

It’s God damn tiring –

But also, in the end, if we’re going to be black and white about it, it hasn’t got you to where you want to be!!

You KNOW you should be making SO much more money.

NOW.

With consistency, and yeah, while of course of COURSE you’re down for doing the work, you also feel like it SHOULD be a lot easier, more flow

And you know that you know that you know that you’ve still not let out the most unrestrained and fully expressed side of you!

– The you they can’t look away from
– The you they are MAGNETIZED by
– The you who automatically commands a huge freakin’ following, and sales to match it

You know who I’m talking about –

THE MILLIONAIRE REBEL YOU!

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The revolutionary fucking leader who tears SHREDS off of normal every damn day before the rest of the world has barely sipped its coffee!

Who is FULLY unleashed in what she says, how she shows up, how she does business, how she does life.

Who does not give a fuck about following rules! Or sales systems! Or strategies! Who can and will do what works for HER, and if it happens to resemble other ways people build an audience and make a fuckload of money online, cool, and if not, so what! That is not the point! The point is –

She knows what works for her.
She backs herself unapologetically.
She DOES it.

And she gets the damn results. The BIG results. The CONSISTENT results. The FUCK yes results, not just with money but with the VIBERY of it all.

Imagine …

Waking up every day and KNOWING you have crushed the day before it already begun because THAT IS WHO YOU ARE AND HOW YOU ROLL!

* Your shit sells (at any and all price point)
* Your creativity and inner ideas machine flows endlessly (you always know what to put out into the world and that when you speak people PAUSE EVERYTHING AND LISTEN, whether it is with free content and shenaniganery or with your paid stuff)
* You don’t even have to think about low end or high end or how to take people through a value ladder or some such bullshit, the value ladder is YOU CONTINUING TO BE YOU, and the more that you DO you the more people just take themselves through whatever it is you’re offering!
* It is easy, natural, fun, and OBVIOUS how to build your automated income, funnels, the ‘cash machine’ side of your business.
* In fact the whole damn thing feels fun and easy and like you’re just being you (the full on you, the too much you, the rebel you, the fuck all of ’em THIS IS WHAT I STAND FOR AND NOW I’M GONNA TELL YOU you!),
* and at the same time you have the DEEPLY grounded and certain knowledge that the way you’re doing it, hot mess and chaos vibes and all, is WORKING. PS – the reason you feel certain of this is because your bank balance and soulmate audience and their feedback reflects it, not bc your spirit guides told you it’s coming

All of this is ALREADY available to you.

It is who you are and what you were born for.

You did not come here for normal!

You are one of the truly crazy ones, who has something inside of her that will leave the world BREATHLESS –
and allow her to make millions and impact millions –

BUT NOT IF SHE CONTINUES TO DO BUSINESS AND LIFE BY TRYING TO SOMEHOW BE A NON-CONFORMIST WHO CONTINUALLY CAVES AND CONFORMS.

For this to work,

REALLY work, like next next NEXT level $ and life flow work,
you’re going to need to FULLY turn your back on the idea that your breakthrough is waiting on the other side of you adjusting, filtering, compromising, playing the game the way the other entrepreneurs are playing it, or worrying about what the fuck your social media looks like!

What you’re going to need to do is simple:

FLICK THE DAMN REBEL MILLIONAIRE SWITCH BABY.

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All in on madness.
All in on crazy.
All in on chaos.
All in on the TRUE epic awesome ridiculousness and too much-ness of YOU.

REBEL MILLIONAIRE

Starting January 18th!

For those who were born to run the damn thing,

To turn the world on its head and dance on top of it,

And who are ready to do just that.

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