Thoughts on Minimalism-things aren't evil

Vintage Bulgarian pottery. Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen 

Vintage Bulgarian pottery. Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen 

I'll admit that I follow some minimalism blogs and that I do embrace the ethos of minimalism. Yet, I often feel like I'm being shamed for some of my life choices. 

For example, I saw a post on facebook the other day that said 'our memories are not in our things' and I have to disagree. While in Bulgaria recently I bought a few things for my home. They were handcrafted and in almost every instance I met the craftsperson who told me the story about their work. That type of experience and connection is magical. 

Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen

Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen

Now, every time I see the green ceramic bowl I bought from an elderly gentleman in Veliko Ternova whose family makes pottery (which you can see in the different designs) I'm reminded of that place and also the grand adventure I had with my friend Barry.

Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen

Photo credit Kandy M. Christensen

Within my home I am creating a space that is functional, peaceful, inspiring and reflects me. Everything I bring into my home has either been enjoyed and loved by someone else or has been made by hand. 

I think it is important to look at how we consume and the impact we have on our earth and human rights, but I also do not believe that you have to get rid of all of your belongings and backpack around the world to embrace a minimalist ethos. Make considerate buying choices but if that green bowl from Bulgaria catches your eye and you love it, then buy it. Today that bowl sits on my counter top holding my onions and garlic. It's beautiful and functional, but even if it wasn't functional-that's ok. 

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