It's good to have a purpose. this applies to so much more than just finances and living with less.
This applies to your life. To your job. To your relationships. To your parenting styles. EVERYTHING is better when there is a purpose. Otherwise, well, it just doesn't make much sense.
If you are chosing to live minimally, (minimalistically), then there needs to be a clearly defined purpose behind it. And everyone's may be different.
For me, minimalism started as a conviction. I felt like God was telling me to live on less and to get rid of things. To de-clutter my life. Then, as I have mentioned before, it escalated into other areas of my life.
To my family, living minimally is a choice, but it was an easy one to make. It's about following God's plan for our life which involves living debt free and living with the concept that our happiness comes from relationships, not through our "stuff".
What is your purpose for being on this journey? I saw that over the weekend this blog was ready over 300 times. Not as many as I would like, but it's a start. :) So over 300 people found me on purpose or on accident. Some of the keywords used to find my blog were "living on less", "living minimally", "What is minimalism" ? This tells me that so many people in the world (at least 300..hehe) are looking for something in their life to help them. They are looking for happiness. They have come to the conclusion or are on the journey to find the conclusion that their material possessions are actually causing them stress, not the happiness they had expected.
I guess I write this post so that you can ask yourself... what is your purpose? What to hope to gain by living on less? What do you hope to gain by getting rid of things that you don't need? Good questions to ask yourself, and for me they are wonderful questions that remind me of why I am here. They allow me to find the strength during the difficult times when I am wanting to go back to old habits.
So one more time I ask... what is your purpose?