Minimalism is about intentionally choosing what you focus on to that which brings your life the most value. It’s about being conscience of what you bring into your life — including things, people, places, experiences and commitments. Focusing time on things that are meaningful to you is an important part.
Financial independence is the point where you have the funds needed to live without needing to work day to day. You could think of this as the point at which your investments (stock, real estate, anything else) are generating enough income to support your needs indefinitely.
Mindfulness is awareness. Externally, but internally as well. What are your motivations, and concentration on. One side of mindfulness I’m passionate about is the philosophy of Stoicism which is about living a focused life. A quote from /r/Stoicism on Reddit offers a concise description.
Stoicism is a philosophy of life, a practical guide to applying wisdom to your daily choices, focused on living life as a thriving rational being, characterized by excellence in judgement and the fulfilled happiness that is to the mind what robust healthy fitness is to the body.
What Do They Have in Common?
There are a lot of things in life I love. My fiancee, my dog, programming, video games, watching movies, playing board games, travel, making cocktails, having deep conversations with friends — just to name a few. The topics this blog are focused around share one common theme — they’re topics that allow me more time to enjoy the things I love. Luckily for me, I also love minimalism, financial independence and mindfulness, but I think of them as tools in order to live a happier, more authentic life.
Here are a number of links related to these topics.
- /r/onebag – Subreddit on fitting everything you own into one bag
- /r/BuyItForLife – Practical, durable and quality made products that are made to last a lifetime
- /r/simpleliving – Ideas and inspiration for living life more simply
- /r/TinyHouses/ – A resource for living large in small spaces
- /r/financialindependence – Early Retirement/Retiring Early (RE)
- /r/personalfinance – Get your financial house in order
- /r/tax – A community for redditors interested in taxation
- /r/leanfire – FIRE on under 40k/year