Ever since the beginning of the year, I’ve been making some significant changes with my lifestyle and choices. They are: (1) living a minimalist life, (2) being anti-consumption and anti-materialist, and (3) being environment friendly by reducing my waste.
So far, I’ve been doing pretty well on all three fronts. But, as it often happens, I’ve been itching to throw in something to the mix. Looking at those three changes, we can easily lump them all together in the environmentalism spectrum. So I thought to myself, why not take things to high gear?
Namely, I’ve been thinking more about adding simple living, being frugal, and striving towards financial independence, and sticking to a plant-based diet.
On Simple Living
I’m a minimalist, but boy, do I love my creature comforts. As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that I don’t really need a hyper and fast-paced lifestyle to be happy. I’ve grown to appreciate staying indoors with a good book, curling up in bed with some TV series or movies, or simply taking a walk around the neighborhood to say hello to dogs or admire flowers.
I need to work more on being mindful and contended, and I think I want to take up at least 5 minutes of meditation everyday. I will also keep updating my happiness journal and practice gratitude. I hate negative emotions (in myself and in others) so I need to work to keep my sunny disposition. I mean, I may look emotionless, but deep inside I’m a pretty happy person!
On Being Frugal
I am by no means a big spender. I don’t have a fetish for high end handbags and purses and shoes (they’re all from my mother or relatives, so technically I didn’t buy any of them). I have no desire to own or drive a car. I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs, so I don’t have any wasteful habits.
However, I could stand to be more conscious of my spending. I don’t care about blowing a lot of cash on eating out. I don’t mind shelling out money while traveling to make sure I could get the comfiest seat, the softest bed, or the best view. I don’t mind ordering food every day so it means I won’t have to cook or wash dishes. I don’t even think twice of using Uber, Grab or a taxi service as long as I won’t have to sit beside other people.
If I took all of those into account and replaced them with their more sustainable and frugal alternatives, I’ll have a lot more money on my savings account (which coincidentally is one more thing I need to minimize. Surely I don’t need multiple healthcare and insurance policies?).
So starting today, I’ll be more conscious when it comes to spending. I’ll bring lunch to work, I’ll take public transport, I’ll limit my restaurant-hopping to scheduled dates with my boyfriend. I’ll amass more amounts which I could funnel into savings. Which, in fact, aligns with my next point.
On Striving Towards Financial Independence
In relation to my previous points, with simple living and frugality, I’ll be able to achieve financial independence faster. Honestly, I’m not that financially independent – I work, yes, but I also study post-grad (law). It’s pretty difficult to balance finances for now, and I’m grateful that my parents have been generously supporting me. They even pay for the apartment unit that my brother and I are currently occupying.
It stings, though. I WANT to be 100% financially independent, and I’m thinking that if I tweak my finances a bit or apply for a higher position, I’ll be able to live in the same comfort but without my parents’ support. (I already applied for a promotion, btw. Fingers crossed that I get it!)
I don’t mind cutting out expenses because a side hustle or second job is not really realistic right now. Between law school and work, I won’t be able to get enough sleep! But anyway, I’m confident that I’ll be able to get there soon enough.
On Sticking to a Plant-based Diet
I think I’ve started a plant-based diet multiple times – and all attempts have failed. However, seeing the state of our planet, I think it’s high time that I stick to the plant-based way of eating because, really, eating meat isn’t doing our environment any favors.
I love the taste of meat. If I could, I would eat raw beef every single day. But I love the environment even more, and if I have to sacrifice one aspect of my lifestyle towards helping, I will do it without any qualms.
Anyway, enough talk. Here are some recent bonus pictures!
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