#WeekendCoffeeShare: Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

"I'll have 1 grande cup of dark roast coffee with 2 shots of espresso and a little splash of pumpkin spice cream. Meet me at the table when you get your order so we can talk today. Yes, that is my own photo for #WeekendCoffeeShare... finally!"

It is quite sad that we live in a society where a lot of people think that they are always right and if you disagree with them... well you are wrong. I have seen first hand how family, parents and/or friends will try to force others to live life exactly like them. As if they created the golden manual on how to live the best life possible on Earth.

Over the past few years, friends of mine have slowly started to implement having a minimalism lifestyle. Instead of spending money on high-price tag materialistic items like clothes, entertainment activities, and cars, they allocate their finances in a different way.  I have seen friends begin to travel around the world more and more, yet I never quite understood how. It was their thirst for adventure and exploring other parts of the world that made their perspective make sense. Instead of spending $200-$300+ going to clubs, parties, mundane activities in the area, etc., every month they saved that money. After their goal was met, they were gone to a different country.

I’ve never been the type of person to spend extreme amounts of money on name brand clothes or shoes. When I decided to start living a minimalism life a few years ago, I could notice a huge change in my lifestyle. I was happier and more relaxed exploring nature, traveling to different states all around the country, hiking with friends, and more. The journey of constantly being surrounded in various environments helped me understand that there are so many different perspectives of how to live a happy life.  Even if I don’t agree with some of them for personal reasons, other people are happy with their lives so I respect their decisions.

So if you have ever experienced others trying to dictate how you should or should not live your life, hopefully this shows that you are not alone. There are people in my life who still think I should live by their manual… unfortunately for them that will not happen. For those who are completely okay with living a mediocre life content with never seeing parts of the world you watch on TV everyday… remember, somebody is out there doing it and it is not you.

Explore the world, take an unlimited amount of photos, and create a journey worth telling for years to come!

PS (and off topic)... NaNoWriMo starts today! I am drinking a lot of coffee just so you know and this blog post may or may not be inspired by the novel I am writing this year. :)