In lieu of making a long list of New Year’s Resolutions, because let’s face it, who doesn’t roll their eyes when someone says ‘New Year, New Me’?, the #OneWord365 project encourages us to choose one word to serve as the ongoing theme of the upcoming year. This one word should encompass your main goals – such as who you want to be, what you wish to accomplish, what you want your life to become, etc.

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For the year 2017, I choose to Minimize.

When it comes down to what I really want to accomplish this year, cutting down the excess in my life is my main priority. The idea of minimalism really appeals to me because I recognize the increasingly materialistic attitudes of people (including myself) nowadays even though when you really think about it, we don’t need anything apart from basic essentials such as food, shelter, clothing, medicine, etc. We were conditioned to believe that owning more = more happiness to the point where we cease to own our stuff and our stuff starts to own us.

I want to minimize the clutter and the excess in order to see clearer and focus on the things that truly matter. In the words of The Little Prince,

“Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

We can’t buy true happiness; the “things” that fulfill us aren’t things at all.

‘Minimize’ is a good, versatile word because I can use the principle of cutting back on frivolous things to make room for more meaningful undertakings in my life.

Below is a list of ways in which I wish to apply the principle of minimalism to my life:

  1. Minimize unnecessary spending. 
  2. Minimize stress.
  3. Minimize screen time.
  4. Minimize unhealthy habits.

I tend to be someone who leans more towards excess (I’m a Sagittarius, so that’s pretty much a given). In order to live a balanced life, I figured ‘Minimize’ would be a good word to live by.

On that note, I’m going to keep this post short (see? I’m not doing too bad huh). I wish you all an amazing year! Let’s welcome 2017 with open arms, start anew, and learn from the lessons that 2016 has taught us.

What’s your #OneWord365?

Wish you all the best,

Ana