I have something new to say about living a simple life and being a minimalist.
Usually, you will see a lot of people talking about throwing away all of your stuff, living in a small house in the middle of nowhere and wearing only one piece of clothing. Even though I kind of adore these ideas, the main concept of living a minimal life is to become more productive. To have more time at your disposal to do what you want to be doing.
It’s not about making more space just to have a cleaner house. It’s about making more space for the things that actually matter in your life.
So, Who am I?
My name is Ivaylo Durmonski and I’m 30 years old dude (while I write this). I grew up in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. That’s in Europe. I went to school, graduated, started working when I was 16. I don’t have a fancy story about becoming a minimalist or a guy who is uberly productive. I become those two things, work my ass off, because I had to. I never had the luxury to travel the world or to go on fancy vacations – at least not until the present days.
My Simple Story
This site isn’t based on academic theories – even though I go in a lot of details in some of my articles – it’s based on my experience.
Born and raised in a modest family. One of my dreams, when I was a young boy, was one day to earn enough money so I can spend them on material possessions. As a boy, I was constantly jealous of the other kids. My parents didn’t have enough money to buy me the stuff other people had and I was consumed by the thought that I can only be happy when I have a lot of things. I bought my first car at the age of 26 and I felt like I’m constantly falling behind in this imaginary race towards owning a lot. At that time I thought that more, was happiness.
I was able to convince myself that I can only be fulfilled when I have the things on this list: cool clothes, a lot of gadgets, a car (even two), sneakers, apartment.
Well, I was able to cover everything from the list above before I turned 30. The cars, the apartment, the wardrobe full of clothes and the sneakers. At some point, I had it all. Everything I wished for was no longer a dream. I’ve done it. It cost me a lot of time and a lot of work. I’ve achieved success according to my standards. Was I happy? Was I fulfilled? Not even close. I wanted more. More clothes, more stuff. Not that I wasn’t satisfied with my life in general. I was. But there was always something missing. I didn’t know what it was but I thought that It can be bought. I often caught myself scrolling online for hours, searching for more stuff to buy. Stuff, that had to fill the void and make my life complete.
I knew that there is something wrong but I didn’t quite realize what it was. Until it finally hit me. I finally understood what I need to do.
Nowadays, everything slides towards chaos, mayhem. Everything is so noisy. You can’t even hear your own thoughts. The tools that supposedly had to solve our problems are only wasting our time.
A lot of people will complain from the system, will say that the government is responsible for their financial situation or whatever. A lot of people are lazy.
We’re not earning enough money and we’re not living the life we want because we’re unproductive. We’re wasting our time doing things no one cares about – like posting our dinner on Instagram and daily visiting the mall to buy more clothes, clothes we’ll never wear.
What minimalism can give you is a chance to channel your efforts towards something valuable, something meaningful. A way to block the noise and room to do what you want.
From a guy who owned more than 30 pairs of jeans, I became a person who now owns only 3 pairs. I was able to trim down my possessions, activities, relationships, to a list of few. I now no longer wonder what I need to wear or what I need to do. My tasks are already defined, waiting for me. I simply need to get up and start executing. From a guy who was previously spending most of his time going out and drinking, I now exercise every-single-day. I eat healthy – kind of. I rarely drink and besides going to my regular job, I also write 3000+ words per day. Except when I’m sick.
I’m kidding. I don’t get sick. I haven’t been sick since 2012.
What You Will Find here
What I learned from being poor, being rich, and being unsatisfied after “having it all”?
Two main things:
- You don’t need much to be happy;
- Your future depends solely on yourself – with a little push from the people you love.
My main mission here is to help you gain back control over your life. We lost the war between us, humans, and the fellow machines a long time ago. A simple phone can make you procrastinate half your day, which can lead to your dismissal from your job. Which on the other hand, can make you homeless. Modern devices were designed to steal our attention and they’re doing a heck of a job. It’s a daily struggle to keep our focus towards the important things.
Minimalism aids exactly in this direction. It’s a way to focus. A way to set your top priorities straight and direct your life towards executing. It’s not about throwing all of your possessions. It’s about making space for what truly matters.
In short, you will find:
- Articles that will help you become more productive.
- Honest conversations with creative people who will share interesting tips about their process.
GET IN TOUCH
Thank you for taking the time to read my brief story. I hope that at least a small part of what you read here has been useful to you. If you’re interested in learning more about why start a minimalist lifestyle is important, you can go ahead and read my introductory article.