"If you refuse growth, then what are you living for?"


It inspires us, it educates us, it motivates us. But what is it about movement that makes the concept so perplexing?

It may be the changes it brings upon our lives. It may be the grace, chaos, and overall mystery it symbolizes. Or maybe, it is simply the fact that it challenges us with a multitude of obstacles. We are constantly challenged as a result of movement throughout our lives, in both beautiful and detrimental ways.

Each time we receive a challenge, we are instilled with the power to decide how we will handle it, or if we will face it at all. Most of the time, we tend to disregard the little things in life. The little things that make us happy, the little things that brighten our days – the little things that lift our spirits and give us a reason to keep going. Yet, the more we disregard the little things, the bigger the challenges they tend to create for us in the long run.

When we acknowledge these things, and we take charge of the challenges, we are moved. We feel a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of worth. Movement forces us to create lives for ourselves and find our true purposes. We are pushed to excel and strive toward our goals. We look ahead to our individual futures and examine the ways in which we will be moved to choose a path that suits us, as we question the idea of whether or not we will choose the path less traveled.

Does it hold all of ones hopes and desires, or will it leave us fearful and emptyhanded? One may never find the exact answer they are looking for, though if you execute hard work and aspirations to the fullest of potentials, that answer may be closer in reach than expected. If you refuse growth, if you remain stagnant and unmoved, then what are you living for?


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If You Own 6 Of These 10 Brands, You Are 100 Percent Basic

How basic are you?


For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

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6. Patagonia

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7. Hunter Rainboots

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9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!


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Minimalism Addresses Our Culture Of Consumption

Decluttering your life and consuming less allows you to live in the moment.


Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.

The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.

Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.

Minimalists are people who…

  • Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
  • Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
  • Consume less and intentionally.
  • Gift experiences rather than material possessions.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.

If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.

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