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“Does this spark joy?” If you’ve done research on minimalism then you know this a common phrase you should ask yourself. When going through your items to decide if you want to keep them or not, you are to hold each item and see if you have any emotion to it. I’ve found this extremely helpful while cleaning and organizing my things. Just recently I was cleaning out a storage bin and found a key chain with my name on it. I remember the exact time and place I had purchased it but when I held it in my hands, I had no feeling towards it. It was a great memory and experience but I had not used the key chain in years and had no intention of using it again. Another thing I found in the bin was a painting of a volleyball and a drawing of Rolie Polie Olie I had done in the 8th grade. I can’t remember the last I had them out on display but seeing them and holding them in my hands gave me a rush of emotions. I am in no way, shape, or form an artist. My art teacher had worked well with me and extended my deadlines to give me extra time to work on my projects. In the end, my painting received a good grade and the drawing was displayed in the art showcase in the school hallway. These I found acceptable to keep, and in storage, because they still bring happiness to my life when I see them.
Alright, so I think you’ve got the basics of it, yes? Moving on!
My recent trip to Los Angeles was my first vacation since becoming a minimalist so I thought I’d share the items that I bought and why!
First off, a huge majority of my money went towards transportation, food, and experiences. I can honestly say that I had no problem swiping my card or pulling out cash for any of things that I purchased – even food. During the trip I realized that this is why I wanted to become a minimalist. I wanted to experience this place I’d never been to before. I wanted to try all the food I could that I wasn’t able to get back home. I wanted to go to all these different places and experience as much as I could.
My purchases in Los Angeles are as follows:
- Beetlejuice earrings from Hot Topic
- Browsing around City Walk after a day at Universal, we went into Hot Topic. They had a Beetlejuice section, as it’s the 30th anniversary, and I fell in love. These earrings caught my eye right away and are a style that I like very much. It was an instant purchase and I’ve received so many compliments by wearing them! This one passes as an acceptable purchase because it’s something I wear frequently and it gives me joy every time I wear them.
- Sweet Pumpkin Crunch Body Scrub from Nectar Bath Treats
- Nectar Bath Treats is an extremely cute store. I looked at their website and it doesn’t list any store locations but you can order items! If you do get a chance to see this store though I highly recommend it! All the products are vegan and handmade. But the best part? They all look like desserts! Macaroons, pies, ice cream – you name it! While browsing, an associate told us about their body scrubs and had us try some samples. Right before the trip I just happen to run out of my scrub and was very pleased with theirs so I bought one! It’s kept my skin super smooth and the smell is amazing! After using it frequently for the last couple of weeks, I can honestly say I won’t be purchasing body scrubs anywhere else!
- Cat Ring from the CatCafe Lounge
- If y’all know me then you know I’m obsessed with rings. It’s my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear. I have a total now of 7 rings that I wear every day and all are very special to me. While visiting this cafe I saw that they had cat jewelry and apparel. The jewelry caught my eye right away and the ring was so simple and beautiful. Another fun fact about it: The woman who makes the jewelry gives the proceeds to help cats be spayed and neutered – how amazing is that!? I purchased the ring because it was very cute and fit perfectly on my thumb(where I happen to be wanting another ring) and knowing that the money goes to a great cause makes it that much worth it to purchase.
- Tank Top from the CatCafe Lounge
- My second purchase here was a tank top. I love anything cat related, as you can tell by my above purchase, and I love supporting small businesses. This shirt is everything I live by and so it was absolutely fitting for me to get. It’s also a great reminder of an experience I had with some beautiful cats(who are all up for adoption!)
And there you have it! Outside of food and travel, I only purchased 4 items my entire Los Angeles trip. Before I would have bought everything I liked or get a bunch of souvenirs. Now that I’ve started this new lifestyle as a minimalist, I know that many purchases I would have made would have brought me joy at the beginning but would have no real impact on my happiness in the long run. It also saved up money that I used for other things like trying new foods or drinks and not feeling guilty for spending that money.