The Joy of a Curated Life

Curating my days provides much needed space for solitude

Words by Jen Ditchik

I officially started my minimalism journey four years ago . . . almost to the day, to be exact. After watching Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things at the end of 2016, I realized my innate beliefs and values had a name. I found my tribe. 
I have always gravitated towards simplicity, a clean space, and an orderly existence. But after connecting with the film, I began my journey of truly exploring all the flavors of this lifestyle and unpacking the why behind it. 
There’s no one formula for this way of life, and as I continue discover and grow, I leave space for fluidity and change. The first few years of embracing minimalism gave me an opportunity to examine all the things I was consuming and holding on to. The “stuff” part was easy. Letting go of tangible items, memorabilia, trinkets, clothing, books, and collectables has never been a challenge for me; however, I began to understand that consumption also meant all things that I allow into my space. What I eat, drink, read, watch, and listen to, as well as the people I connect with and what I say “yes” to, are all key to living an essential life. 
Minimalism has led me to a deeper state of emotion, a deeper level of calm, pure love, and appreciation that I cannot access through clutter, noise, and distraction. This beautiful way of life is ever changing for me. I continue to explore and experiment. I give myself permission to change my mind. When something stops working for me, I let it go. 
Living an intentional life and curating my days provides deeper meaning to my existence. It allows for much needed space and solitude. It’s within the silence that I receive the guidance.

Jen Ditchik

Jen Ditchik serves as SVP of Global Marketing Operations at Lionsgate Entertainment. In her work, she employs the possibility of visual interpretation and emotional ideas by using strong graphic shapes and a variety of color. Jen attempts to create, in each instance, a specific narrative of suspended existence between dream-state and reality.  


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