This picture is a visual representation of my goals for the new year. I I never make resolutions because I feel they are silly, but my goal is to remain on my minimalist journey. So far, so good.
I have identified as a minimalist since the early 2000's when I got rid of my book collection which was over 3,000 volumes. That was my first step and it was incredibly liberating. Over the years, I have slowly decluttered and reshaped my perspective on consumerism and capitalism and various other lofty ideas. In the last few years, minimalism has been a hot topic online and is now a trend! There are tons of videos on Youtube, multiple talks on TED.com and many insightful and inspiring websites. I am especially inspired by the minimalist youtubers (is that a word? oh well, it is now).
Minimalism spills over into every corner and facet of my life. For instance, I started out with the goal of more space in my living room to dance, and now I make healthier food choices because of minimalism! When I go out to restaurants I allow myself to have whatever I want, but at home I simply do not buy meat anymore. All my meals at home are vegetarian. This is a huge step for me and I feel so much better in body, mind, and spirit. I am greatly inspired by Jenny Mustard, a vegan minimalist who makes beautiful and creative videos. I watch her almost every morning with my one, precious cup of coffee. Sometimes I watch certain videos over and over again, just to keep the minimalist lifestyle fresh in my mind.
Minimalism is a personal, daily practice that can be accessible to anyone who desires a healthy, intentional lifestyle. I encourage you to research and experiment with this wonderful way of living.
Stunningly beautiful TED talk. He talks about the serpentine movements of Khmer classical dance and I feel such a kinship with him! We as belly dancers really strive for that serpentine look and style. I am very humbled and inspired by this video. Enjoy!
"I am driven by a lot of really, kinda ugly anger."
Henry talks about his life and his anger in this awesome video. He has been with me (in my heart and soul) for over 25 years. I have seen him speak eight times, shook his hand at Amoeba Music in L.A., bought and read every single book he ever wrote, and once I stole the set list off the stage after a Rollins Band show in Petaluma. I know it is sometimes difficult to understand that people like me and Henry walk through life seething with rage but the real truth is usually a pretty ugly truth. Angry nonconformists exist. I do not see the world through rose tinted glasses, I am wide awake and I am angry. This has cost me a LOT in my life: jobs, friends, lovers, and family. But I am now in my '40s and this is simply who I am. Hopefully, like always, I can follow Henry's (Black Flag's) advice and RISE ABOVE the bullshit that is thrown my way.
Here's a pic of me in Seattle at the punk rock exhibit at the EMP museum in Seattle.
This guy is my new hero! And he's a millennial? Will wonders never cease! Dear readers, even if you have no intention of deleting any of your social media accounts, I strongly urge you to watch this amazing TED talk anyways. Lots of incredibly useful information.
It's been about a week since I deleted my Instagram. Life is wonderful out here on the fringe. I still have friends and job offers yet that low-humming anxiety is totally gone. How lovely.
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