I might be on to something.

An old college buddy of mine just wrote on my Facebook wall last night. He said, “So, while packing, the thought occurred to me, “stuff is bondage.” And then I thought, “Maybe Dazz [one of my nicknames] is on to something…”.

I’ve gotten a fair share of comments like that from friends over the past year and a half. When I first declared myself as a minimalist or one who chooses to live by simple means, I got a lot questions. It seemed radical to others, and in a sense it was in certain areas of my life. However, I had the opportunity to explain and live out my ideals to those watching, and what I stressed was that simplicity looks different for each individual. I think that message is finally starting to sink in with most people.

Joshua Becker is true when he says, “Surprisingly, I have found that the principles of minimalism resonate with most people…I always enter with the mindset that I am on stage to simply remind the audience of what they already know to be true”.

Simplicity is great, and I believe the more so, the better. If you can be as radical as those who complete the 100 Thing Challenge, then you’re experiencing a freedom I have yet to taste, but then again not everyone is in a position to do that (i.e. families). However, every person should strive for simplicity in one degree or another. Constantly reevaluating their lives to see how they can improve to make living a more enjoyable experience. And for those of you who still haven’t caught on, money is not the enabler.

Simple Shopping for Singles

Singleness offers offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. That includes when and how you eat. Instead of meal plans like most diets, try portion plans. Assuming you’re wanting to eat healthy, here’s a few tips to help along the way.

  • Calculate you caloric intake
  • Determine your daily food intake
  • Once you know your daily food intake, multiply that by 1-2wk (depending how often you go shopping)
  • Now go out and do your shopping
  • Assuming you’ve cleared out all the junk food out of your house, you can eat anything in your cabinets as much or little as you want within those 1-2wk.

We all are hungrier on some days than others, so why bother sticking to specific meals that are allotted per day.As long as your calorie intake is less or equal (depending on your goals) than your calorie expenditure, then you’ll be ok.