Hi! I’m Joan – a 20-something millennial.
Why Did I Choose To Be a Minimalist?
Minimalism is usually described as a tool for you have room for more focus for the important things in life. Less stuff to worry about, more time for relationships. Less parties that you hate, more time for healthy living.
It’s all about the plus and minuses in life and we want more pluses than minuses.
How can you benefit?
I’ve created a small community on Facebook for Singaporeans interested in living a Minimalistic lifestyle.
Things that resemble my current life:
I am a meaningful life, and it’s not easy.
I was a full time tutor when I first embarked on minimalism.
In my spare time, I would rescue animals, hit the gym and read blogs that preached about financial independence. Feeling burnt out and setting high goals of financial independence, I felt that there was more to life than the pursuit of money. In fact, I wanted life to be simpler yet more productive. That goal has since lead me down the road of minimalism to live a simpler yet more meaningful life.
Being a minimalist meant less time shopping and more time to work on my health, volunteer and learn. I’ve made huge mistakes in my early 20s that lead to intense life lessons. This includes personal boundaries, emotional maturity and a clearer vision in life.
Things I did:
I graduated with 2 degrees from the University at Buffalo, NY in 2012.
Degree 1: BSc Business Administration; Marketing Concentration
Degree 2: BA in Psychology
Award: Cum Laude
Things I have removed from my life:
- Purchasing stuff unconsciously
- Purchasing processed food (ie. health supplements)
- Too many commitments (due to the inability to say no)
- Watching cartoons
- Drinking more than 2 alcoholic drinks per social event
- Changing my phone every 3 years
- Fostering animals (my 5 rescues are turning senior citizens)
- Instant coffee (coffee is now a treat, not a staple)
- Lack of vision and actionable goals.
- Purchasing really crappy shoes/ shoes I barely use.
Goals for 2019:
- To tutor another 5 more students
- Impart personal finance lessons to my students with a clearer curriculum.
- To complete my trading course and join in the ranks of teaching adults
- To manage my personal finance on point
- To work on my health goals to get to my goal weight of 40kg. (Currently at 43kg)
- To work on constantly improving my relationships with my partner, family and friends.