A Minessententionalist is a hybrid word I made up for someone who identifies as a cross between a minimalist, essentialist and intentionalist.
I even Googled the word I made up just for fun to see if it existed because Google must validate everything, right? Well, it kind of does.
Check out my four screen shots for Minessententionality, Minessententionalism, Minessententionalist and Minessententional showing zero results in Google.
Where the lines draw out for me when it comes to what I chose to bring into my life, is someplace between minimalism, essentialism and intentionalism. So, I get Minessententionalism. Hard to spell and say: Min-essen-tention-al-ism! But hey, the word Sarathlete is hard for other people to spell and say, too.
Minessententionalism: the minimal things I own or bring into my life with intention behind them which are essential to my me, life and my views.
What are some things (people, places, items, experiences) that are minessententionial to you?
Here’s my list of 5 items/experiences I’ve recently brought into my life, and how they are intentional, essential and minimal to me:
- Apple Watch Ultra:
- How it is Intentional: Getting back on track for my fitness goals as a come back from an injury and rebuild my body. I want to be very intentional with my training. A watch that will last me on long runs that can track my sleep and get me where I need to go without having to be tethered to a phone is exactly what I need.
- How it is Essential: Movement is essential to me and an extremely important part of my life before, during and after recovery.
- How it is Minimal: One watch. Simple. No more distractions from my phone. One device that can do it all and not leave me dependent on a potentially distracting device.
- Heated blanket:
- How it is Intentional: I needed a heating pad because my old one broke. I’m always cold. I found a heated throw and decided to try it as an alternative to a heating pad. Now I’m always warm when I’m under it, helps increase blood flow for my entire body which aids in muscle recovery for athletic performance, and it takes the place of having a heating pad.
- How it is Minimal: Solves two problems for me as one item.
- How it is Essential: When it’s that time of the month, a heating pad is essential for pain management. The last heating pad that I had broke, and I needed to buy a new one for myself.
- Steam mop with reusable steam mop heads:
- How it is Intentional: I wanted a way to lessen my carbon footprint. I wanted to throw less stuff away. I want to do my part to saving the environment. Previously, I was using products that were one-time use and then throw them away for cleaning my floors.
- How it is Minimal: Less waste is coming in and going out overall.
- How it is Essential: To me, having a clean house essential to living. My house needs to be clean. When I say “my house”, I say it collectively and am referring my house as my body, mind and spirit. However, for the sake of this blog post, let’s roll with the physical house I live in. Clean floors are apart of having a clean house. Bonus: I get a deep clean with steam, without the nasty cleaning product smell that I had before. This change was a win for both the environment and a win for my health.
- Show tickets to see Don Carlos at Lyric Opera and A Christmas Carol at The Goodman:
- How it is Intentional: I have something to look forward to doing. It feeds my mind and soul, shows me new things and I learn a lot.
- How it is Minimal: I am gifting myself experiences and not stuff. Experiences keep me going. They feed my soul.
- How it is Essential: Live cultural experiences like dance, plays, musicals, operas, symphonies or even movies are essential to my mental health and well-being because they bring me to a place of peace and bring me so much joy. The joy of what is to come gives me something to look forward to, I find peace at the event and there’s peace and meaning and feeling after the event is over.
- YouTube fireplaces and other winter scenes to watch and listen to while I write
- How it is Intentional: I want to create a space that I can write in that is cozy and makes me want to write for both my work and my life. I want to create Hygge in my home.
- How it is Minimal: It’s on my TV. It’s ad free because I can’t stand YouTube ads. It takes up no space beyond the TV I have and internet connection I use.
- How it is Essential: The fireplace creates a cozy space for me to write. Writing is part of my work and life. We all need a space.
I thought it would be fun to exemplify some of the overlaps between the three components of Minesssententionalism. There’s a lot of overlap between the three categories of intentionalism, minimalism and essentialism.
And just for fun, we have a new word mashup along the way. You know, Straight No Chaser is coming to the area in December. That would align with Minessententionalism and me! Who doesn’t love A capella music and a good mashup?
Have a good minessententional day!