Guest Post From Sam: The End Of One Obsession And The Growth Of Another

This is a guest post from Sam Spurlin — now of

When I recently froze my minimalism and simplicity blog, The Simpler Life, Gip invited me to write a guest post to share with his audience.

Any time a fairly popular minimalism blog shuts down (I can call The Simpler Life fairly popular, right? Moderately popular?) it seems to cause some consternation. Changing my focus away from minimalism is not a critique on the minimalist movement itself.

In fact, I still think minimalism is pretty great, actually.

In a nutshell, I moved my writing and digital presence over to because I’ve become more passionate about positive psychology and personal development than minimalism.

In fact, I’ve been writing about these two topics on The Simpler Life for the past couple months. I probably could have continued in that vein if I wanted to because those two topics can be tied tightly with minimalism. But I always felt a little “off-topic” when I started talking about flow, optimal experience, and autotelic personalities on The Simpler Life. I’m also attending graduate school for positive psychology in the fall so I decided my best course of action would be to just start fresh with a brand new site.

But I’m not here to bore you with the details of why I write under one URL and not another. Nobody except me cares about that. Instead, I’d like to briefly talk about how minimalism has directly impacted the recent change in my plans.

Minimalism Beyond Stuff

For a long time I focused solely on the decluttering and removal aspect of minimalism. I had a lot of shit, so that makes sense. It felt great to get rid of things and make space in my life. The more space I made in my physical environment by getting rid of stuff I didn’t value and reducing my purchasing habits, the more space I felt in my mind. For me, this was the easiest and most fun part of minimalism.

Sadly, many people seem to get stuck at this point. I decided that making all of this space by adopting a minimalist lifestyle would seem awfully silly if I didn’t carefully think about how I wanted to use it. Clearing the space was easy, filling it mindfully isn’t. In fact, being mindful about how use your mind and what you surround yourself with is a large part of what positive psychology is all about. That’s the facet of minimalism that interests me the most. What should you do when you’ve opened yourself up to the possibility of living a radically different lifestyle?

Minimalism allowed me to work part time for the past two years and develop my writing and coaching abilities. Without minimalism, I would have had to take a full-time job a long time ago merely for the paycheck. Without minimalism, I would have never discovered my passion for positive psychology, writing, and coaching. Minimalism has been good to me and I want to do it justice by not being content with living an empty life.

The Simpler Life may be dormant, but minimalism is not. I continue to advocate that lifestyle to friends and family because it has given me this life that I love.

Follow the Journey at

If you enjoyed my writing at The Simpler Life, I hope you’ll consider following me over to

There won’t be much direct talk about minimalism, but if you’re interested in living a more conscious lifestyle I’d love to have you as part of my community. Living consciously is exactly what minimalism is about. I’d love to have you along for my own quest for a better life and I hope I can teach you a thing or two along the way.

And here’s a question from Gip: Will you be following Sam on his adventure into positive psychology? Are you already? Comments are open, of course.

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  1. Good point that just because something is no longer the primary focus of your writing doesn’t mean it isn’t still important to you. I think readers can be quick to make assumptions sometimes, forgetting that a blog is not the sum total of it’s owner’s life. It’s just what he chooses to write about, and is, at least for now, probably passionate about.

    1. Yes, that is a good point. I think people sometimes forget that while some bloggers are sharing their lives in intimate detail, others are only sharing a small piece of it that relates to a specific topic. Both are fine.

  2. Hello all,
    I’ve been following kidgas and each site has been exciting. I think of Sam changing blogs kind of like, ok I’ve lot all the weight and now exercise. If that has been accomplished, then you go on to another blog on your life journey as a slim, healthy person. Or, you had a blog on making it through graduate school. You made it, graduated so there is no more story on “getting there”. You make a new blog on what to do with either a slim, healthy body, or a graduate degree, or now that you have minimalized your life you go on to a blog show how you continue your journey.
    Makes sense to me.

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