A Minimalist’s Brief Origin Story

My story begins on May 12th, 2016 in Kibler, AR while on vacation visiting my parents. That morning, my father woke me up so I could take their dog to the groomers for an 8 AM appointment. The trip alone took me about 20min total and when I finally got back to the house I found my father on the patio and he wasn’t breathing. I called 9-1-1 and immediately started CPR, but CPR would not bring my father back that day.

After the funeral and getting back to Galveston, Texas, I started thinking about my life and the decisions I had been making as an adult. I was stuck in a job as a police dispatcher working constant overtime while suffering mild depression and severe anxiety every workday. I made the decision to find a way to control my stress and anxieties by creating a Beach Day Challenge for an entire year! I had no idea this challenge would change my life for the better because on day 103 I made the decision to quit my job as a dispatcher and move back to AR and help my mother on her property. After the move, I had a lot of down time since I wasn’t working full time and I was putting all my effort on the property, so I took to Netflix. I discovered a documentary titled, “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things”. After watching, I realized that I had been practicing minimalism for a while now since I tend to have no issue throwing out materialistic objects and/or donating my possessions; I still had the issue with buying loads of shit that wasn’t needed and only took up space.

A couple weeks later I still had minimalism branded in my brain and I started thinking about EVERYTHING. I had always been against the most common “American Dream”, but thought I would end up owning a nice size house and paying on a mortgage for 25-30 years, because what else was there to do? I had a nice childhood with toys, lived in a nice house, and my parents had two cars. So, one would think that’s the norm and I grew up thinking that’s what’s expected of any/every adult. But at the age of 29, I finally broke through mentally and decided that I was going to create my own dream as a minimalist. When it came time to move back to Galveston, TX I had to figure out what I was going to do for a home. My dream is to own a tiny house now, but that dream isn’t for the present, so I ended up moving into a 732sq ft condo and I donated about 90% of my belongings from my childhood and adulthood! To give you an idea of how many possessions owned me (See what I did there?), I had a 5×10 storage unit almost completely filled. That’s a lot of shit for one person!

And that’s my origin story. This is the beginning of a new journey for me and I’m very excited about my future now because it is FILLED with endless possibilities. I hope to put out a post once a week about my experiences and how I’ve managed to make this lifestyle change.

Thank you!

– Minimalist of Galveston Island

 

 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Bobbiejean says:

    Wow! That’s an incredible story. I’m sorry about your father. It’s inspiring tho to see how the event shaped your life. Good luck on the journey ✌

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    1. Thank you, Bobbie and thank you for taking the time to read my post.

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  2. Looking forward to more on your journey. Life is a better place when we connect with one another. Hoping for some Karaoke sharing from you as well 😉 Incidentally, might you recommend an off leash friendly piece of beach? Heading to your island with my granddogger tomorrow (thanks)

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn! Maybe one day there could be some karaoke sharing 😛
      Well, usually dogs have to be on a leash at all times, but I’d recommend the west end of the beach near the beach accesses. Usually, tourists don’t go that far out, but it’s worth the drive.

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      1. Thanks! Used to hit the State Park but post Ike, it is smaller and more populous. We like to swim out far and away. Leashes and swimming…kind of freaky.

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    2. And thank you for taking the time to read my post 🙂

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  3. Carolyn And says:

    I enjoyed reading your journey and will continue to read them. You and Hubert were great friends as children you should reunite I see a lot of similarities. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad as I know that feeling all to well and I lost him when I was 24 and it hasn’t gotten easier buy I’ve learned a lot of and about death and loss. Love to u Jeffrey
    Mom Post Anderson

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    1. Carolyn, thank you so much for your response. I have so many fun and great memories of spending time with Hubert. Dad’s passing was very hard, but our family pulled through with help from each other.
      I hope you and your family are doing well and I’m so glad we are able to start catching up more!
      And thank you for taking time to read this post. Means a lot 🙂

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