good reads: minimal


When I started my minimalism journey in 2016, I came across many inspiring people that had a lot of good information to share, one which is YouTuber Madeleine Olivia. I found her online during my decluttering phase and loved watching her videos about her journey, how she used to be a shopaholic and finally came to the conclusion that it didn't make her happy. When I decided to go vegan she also helped me with delicious recipes and informative videos on the subject. I've been following her ever since and her content continues to get better. (P.S. If you like watching renovations videos, she also has a great series sharing the process of renovating her first house.)


At the end of last year she announced that she had written a book, so I immediately pre ordered it and waited anxiously for its arrival. I stopped buying physical books a couple years ago, but I knew this one was going to be a great reference guide and I couldn't bear to wait for a library copy, I wanted to read it as soon as possible. The book arrived mid January and I read the whole thing in three days. I LOVED it! Even though I already knew a lot of the information from my own research and experience, it was great reading it from her perspective and getting to see things in a new light. I also appreciated how the book included prompts for you to answer and space to write down notes. There is so much great content in her book that I would definitely recommend to anyone that is curious about living a more sustainable life but feels overwhelmed and unsure of where to start.


Minimal makes simple and sustainable living attainable for everyone, using practical tips for all areas of everyday life to reduce your impact on the earth. Leading environmentalist Madeleine Olivia shares her insights on how to care for yourself in a more eco-friendly way, as well as how to introduce a mindful approach to your habits. This includes how to declutter your life, reduce your waste and consumption, recipes for eating seasonally and making your own natural beauty and cleaning products.

So whether you are an eco-warrior or just dipping your toes in the sustainability pool, this book has in-depth information that will help you understand why living a more sustainable life is so important, and what you can do to get there. The books is filled with resources and research to back up her arguments as well as delicious vegan recipes and beauty care D.I.Y.'s. And if, after reading this book, you end up wanting more, she has two e-books on her website that are great additions to this one: Versatile Vegan and Minimal Beauty.

Who are some people that helped you on your journey?

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