2014: A Life Changing Year

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in


I have a habit where I breeze past all the good things in my life and I don't acknowledge what I have accomplished.

It’s a habit that I am trying to leave behind.

I have been trying to prioritise more time to go over what I have done. When I do it, it helps me get rid of the thought that I am not being good enough and that I am not doing enough. When I don't, I seem to be more rushed and frantic with my activities.

To practice my new habit  I decided to focus on and write down what went well in the previous year.

1. Started Project 333

Project 333 Winter Edit

Project 333 Winter Edit

2014 was the year I started taking my dream for a capsule wardrobe seriously and started Project 333. I was hesitant to start, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep practicing it every season. 

2. Settled into my first home as an adult

In 2013  I finally did what I wanted to do for a long  time, I moved out from my parent’s house.  It took a while to get used to all that freedom. In 2014 I finally felt my  independence and self reliability fully. 

My bedstand in my home.

My bedstand in my home.

3. Participated in my first #minsgame

Probably the most fun way to declutter!

Probably the most fun way to declutter!

On the first day of the month you get rid off one item, on the second day you get rid of two, and if you have a lot of stuff you continue to end of the month where you have to get rid off 31 things (varies month by month).  That's the gist of #minsgame.

4. Found my path

Too proud of self to function normally #derp

After a couple of years of focused minimalism I figured out that I was not happy with where I was going with my life. And, so I changed my trajectory.

I gave myself plenty of time to think and to just be to figure out where I wanted go.  Eventually, it lead me to study holistic health. Late 2014 I finished my course and I get to help people to be well, do good, and change the world.

5. Got healthier

Started with a green smoothie, and now it's all about the swirls.

Started with a green smoothie, and now it's all about the swirls.

As part of learning more about nutrition and holistic wellbeing I started implementing what I was learning at school on myself. Not only was it good practice for future clients, my health dramatically improved.

I quit sugar, gluten, and coffee. I found out that they make me cranky, bloated, and give me PMS.

I don’t have hay fever anymore. After three years of antihistamines I don't need them anymore.

6. Started a local MeetUp

A bunch of minimalists.

A bunch of minimalists.

As I continued to be a minimalist I felt a little lonely. I found that with family and friends I had to explain continually why I wanted to be a minimalist. I got tired, so I started a MeetUp group in Melbourne. 

As a result, every two weeks I get to meet people who are just as interested in minimalism as I am. Currently, we have over 183 members on Facebook, and 130 members on the MeetUp page. 

7.Went to Sydney for my first conference

Most scenic yoga experience so far.

Most scenic yoga experience so far.

While I have travelled overseas by myself before, I hadn’t travelled interstate by myself. This year I got to tick that off, as I got invited to an amazing conference held by IIN. My experience in Sydney was overwhelming, beautiful, busy, and delicious.

At the conference I met other nutrition students who also had big dreams to make the world a healthier place. Got to participate in various fun activities with fellow coaches such as practicing yoga in the Botanic Gardens  just off the beach overlooking the Sydney Harbour bridge. 

8. Learnt how to make a fluffy gluten free pancakes

Buckwheat pancake take number three.

Buckwheat pancake take number three.

If you have ever ventured into cooking gluten free pastry you’ll understand why making a simple pancake rise is a feat in gluten free cooking. Earlier in the year, a few months month into eating solely gluten free, I tried making one of my favourite foods - pancakes. Except, it turned out be a sad and flat experience.

Through a  lot of trial and error I managed to get it rise. Not only did the pancakes rise, they were actually good. They were so good  that even my gluten eating friends loved it. 

9. Started wearing more ethical clothes

People Tree was the best place for new clothes, as they are fair trade and mostly organic.

People Tree was the best place for new clothes, as they are fair trade and mostly organic.

This year I stayed paying more attention to the ethics of what I wore. As I was dressing with less items, what I had I was wearing them more, which made me notice how uncomfortable and poorly made some of my clothes were. 

In my search of better quality clothes I came across the topic of ethics in the clothing industry. I learnt about how our clothes are made,  who is involved in the processes from fabric to what ends up on the shopping racks. 

Based on  the new information I had gathered  the right thing to do from then on was to make make better, fairer, and ethical decision with my shopping.

10. Slaughtered an organic chicken

The hardest part was cleaning the chicken.

The hardest part was cleaning the chicken.

As a meat eater I had always wanted to test my self. I believe that if one eats meat they should be able to come to terms with the truth that a life ends because of their dietary wants/needs. Also, I think it is strange when people eat meat, but they can’t deal with the idea that they are eating an animal. 

As you know, I was quite scared. However, I had made deal with myself that if I couldn’t kill my assigned organically raised chicken I would become a vegetarian on the spot, then and there. 

 As a meat eater I can now live well with my decision to eat meat. 

11. Wrote my first book

A Guidebook for the  Young and Depressed is now a real book that exists in the real world outside my brain.  I wish I was aware of something like this before I got depressed, it would have made a whole lot of difference.

P.S. To make the book writing easier I took the 30 Day Ship It Challenge. Thanks to the challenge I wrote the whole thing, edited it, and published it within ( almost) the 30 days. Thanks Fizzle!

P.P.S. Right now I am working on a new and improved Version 2.0 

12. Met my heroes

With The Minimalists.

With The Minimalists.

I met the Minimalists in REAL LIFE! It was amazing and I had the Melbourne Minimalist Meetups crew with me (A more comprehensive post on The Minimalists event coming soon)

13. Got on the newspaper ( Herald Sun)

Yes, it is Anne Frank to the left of me.

Yes, it is Anne Frank to the left of me.

Lastly but definitily not the least, I got on the newspaper. I got interviewed by  the Herald Sun to talk about living with less, and the Melbourne Minimalist Meetups! 


Looking back I can see that  this passing year I got to live my life as I wanted to. I was scared when I started this new chapter.

When the year 2014 rolled in I was  still not completely sure of myself as I searched for the good life, the purposeful life, and the joyful life. I wasn’t sure if I could experience it. I wasn’t even sure if it existed, but I took a calculated chance and it has paid off. 

Let’s hope that in 2015 I can keep on walking my talk and keep on being well, doing good, and hopefully change the world for better. 

With love and simplicity,

Nyamka