The Concept of Stuff


Scoopshooter: Danielle Sanson


Since we are approaching the “most wonderful day of the year” I can’t help but think why we all need SO much stuff to give and get and run around for. I know myself that I have enough if not more than I need, but do fall into this trap too. For the past 100 years we have been programmed to consume on the regular. Holidays such as Christmas up the anti where we are encouraged to overspend and take out the plastic where we simply just pay for it later – literally. Take a look at Black Friday in the USA & now in Canada. There are people that get trampled on when the store doors open — just to save a few bucks.

I can’t help but introduce this new way of living called Minimalism as it has come across my path three times today. And when things happen repetitively to me like that , I take the hint from the Universe and dig a little deeper and ask myself what does this really mean? It does seem quite opposite to the way we should be thinking during Christmastime… so bear with me. 

From time to time I will go on de-cluttering sprees where I will go through my closets and donate a whole whack of clothing (I love variety- just ask my friends & family). I just recently listened to The Rich Roll Podcast where he interviewed the famous “Minimalists” Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who first wrote a book on Minimalism entitled Everything That Remains and then later turned it into a documentary that you can now catch on Netflix.

They each packed a small duffel bag for a 10 month book tour around the USA with the intention to spread the word on becoming a Minimalist and BONUS — how much happier you can become! One of the quotes that stuck out for me is: “People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.” 

There is also another nugget that came out of this Doc called Project 333. For 3 months you wear nothing but 33 items from your closet. This concept was created by Courtney Carver who was overwhelmed, overworked and downright stressed in her everyday busy life. She was diagnosed with MS in 2006 and in her journey to heal, she developed Project 333 – where the main nugget is to “Be more with less”. So Juicy!

Personally, in the kitchen, I have a philosophy where I use what I have. I try to not go out to five different grocery stores to prepare just one meal. I find when you have limited ingredients, it forces you to be more creative in the kitchen. This proved me right when I was in Costa Rica this summer. We might have had some beans, fresh herbs, but minimal spices. Lots of Veg, (no meat and dairy as I was rooming with Vegans) Quinoa and Rice and that was kinda it. We made due with what we had and made some delicious meals in the process. Thank you Joanne, Morgan and Allie!

I think we all can learn a thing or two from these Minimalists. I can hardly wait to get my hands on my closet and perhaps even try out this Project 333. Anyone want to join me on this journey!?