This is a great question for me to answer as a Minessententionalist because I don’t own that much stuff, but the belongings I do own mean a lot to me.
I’d say that the most valuable things I own are practical things that I use every day, and they are all kept in my car or on me at all times.
Here’s the list:
- 6 pairs of dance shoes (tap shoes, dance sneakers with suede bottoms from Supadance, dance sneakers from Fuego that I can wear to dance on other surfaces, 2 pairs of International Dance practice shoes – one leather and one mesh pair, ballet slippers)
- Sketch book with Micron pens
- JBL Bluetooth Speaker
- Rode video microphone with tripod vlogger kit
- iPhone (currently iPhone 13ProMax
- Apple Watch Ultra
- iPadPro with Apple Pencil
- Nikon D7200 (DSLR) with 2 lenses for photography, one for unclose and one telephoto lens
- Hiking boots with wool socks
- My car (2012 Prius C)
- MacBook Pro
- Plant collection for The Rare Plant Haus and my personal collection of Orchids and Aroids
- Art collection that decorates my house of art that I’ve done over the years
- 3 ballgowns that I cannot seem to bring myself to let go of because they are works of art.
- My hybrid bike (Cannondale) and my road bike (Trek Lexa SC)
- 3 pairs of NoBull sneakers (they are like works of art and are my favorite sneakers)
- YouTube subscription
- Apple One subscription
That’s it. Those are the possessions or things I have in my life that I hold dear to me. If there was ever a fire, these are the things I would save or try to hold onto. It’s not that much stuff at all. Pretty compact and minimal and all keys to things I enjoy doing.
Minessententionalism isn’t about owning nothing. It’s about owning what you need (essential) with great intent in what you do own (intentionalism) without owning a ton of stuff (Minimalism). It’s where the three ideas of Essentialism, Intentionalism and Minimalism cross.
Reviewing the list, you will notice the activities that I enjoy go into the businesses that I run and they all kind of feed one another. If I was reviewing the list, and made an assessment about myself, I’d say I’m a person who is into photography, shooting photos and video for social media and personal projects, who loves the outdoors, loves dance and loves to listen to music and nerd out on tech, and is very likely some kind of endurance athlete. I’d say I’m a person who loves to be in nature and likes to travel around town but also loves to walk around. I’d say I love plants and art.
Yes, I do own other items, but these are the items that are most dear to me at this time. This list is in constant flux as well. The meaning of the items I chose today has a lot to do with what is going on in my life at the moment. If I’d made this list 3 months ago, I wouldn’t have had the dance shoes to put on this list, and I would’ve forgotten about the ballgowns because they are in the back of my closet and I haven’t thought about them in years. I’ve recently gotten back into dancing and coaching dancing again, so the dance shoes are very recent additions to the list.
I’ve intertwined my loves and passions, the stuff I do care for and my life and businesses. They all go together. They all define me. I believe in doing whatever it is you’re passionate about so you never have to feel like you’re working a day in your life. Monetize your life if you can. There’s truth in phrase “do what you love” because why not if you are fortunate enough to do it? It takes time to build up to doing what you love as a full-time gig. Trust me, it’s taken me 20 years to get to the point I’m at in my life where I can just do what I love. That’s not something I take for granted. I remember the years I worked in corporate and taught dance as a side gig just so I could keep doing what I loved to do. I remember the day I left corporate on August 17, 2021 and the only thing I knew to be true was that I’d NEVER go back to corporate America because I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Live a life you’re passionate about, and the personal items you have will reflect the passions in our life. What items do you have in your life that mean the world to you? Do personal items and business items overlap for you like they do for me? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I’d love to hear your story!