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Minimalist Life

New Year Realizations | Letter to My Future Self

January 4, 2023

No big goals, just enjoying everyday adventures. Thankful for another year filled with new experiences and little moments with people who matter.

This 2022 recap came 4 days late, but I am no longer living for the deadlines.

There were so many beautiful experiences – from visiting new places in the country (thank you Tourism Promotions Board), traveling internationally after 2 years, attending events as a content creator (still here in the industry!), to enjoying my first incentive travel (as a Financial Advisor), and traveling/spending time with family and friends. I value each day as a gift especially a slow life at home where I just hang out with my parents.

Most of these experiences were documented in my Instagram @ruthilicious. I joined in the fun of creating a 2022 year-ender post in the Instagram Reels, that probably made sense just to me. 😀 I am happy to see my friends’ recaps and know that I am part of that moment in space in time.

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I love that Minimalism is receiving a lot of attention on social media. A lot of people I know think that minimalism is all about the black outfits and Scandinavian aesthetics, but I am not here to give a prescription.

Every destination is desirable when decision-making is a process of discovery.

I am in this journey for years, and I am continuously eliminating clutter (home clutter, calendar clutter, relationship clutter) that gets in the way for me to enjoy the life that I really want. You truly get much more in life with less.

I always say that I enjoy adventures – as much as staying home, or attending events and learning new things. In the year 2022, I got to know myself more. I chose to wear the Slytherin scarf even if I am sorted as Gryffindor.

Not chasing the wrong things and always enjoying the flow. Living simply surrounded by family/friends, and knowing how to manage different emotions (because happiness is a default state, and it is okay to feel sad/angry/confused).

I just want to keep the balance and peace. God gave me exactly what I wanted – and more; and I am thankful.

At the start of the year, I always write myself a letter that I read before the new year. This 2023, I just want to tell myself – Just continue doing you.

#RuthingForYou too.

Silence the noise, and reflect on what you really want.

Happy 2023! ✨

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