Where I’ve Been, Updates, and a Minimalist Journey

Hi! Hello! Long time no post!

Prepost disclaimer: this is a long post with a lot of words and very few pictures. If you don’t want to read it, that’s fine with me and I will not be offended. But if you’re wondering where I’ve been or where I’ve gone, the following will explain all of that. 

I posted on Instagram last week about being MIA for the past couple weeks. On the one hand, I’m sorry because I didn’t plan on being away for so long. But on the other and slightly more accurate hand, I’m not sorry at all because I needed the space and mental break. Soooo basically, I’m not sorry. I’ve been using the past couple weeks to reevaluate my goals + purpose for my little space of the internet. And that is what I’m here to share with you today.

My last post at the beginning of this month shared some August favorites and discussed how ready I am for the Fall season. And then Labor Day weekend hit. To be honest, the week leading to Labor Day was rough. We had some family sickness + a death in the family so while Johnny and I planned to be traveling separately over the weekend, he woke up Tuesday morning and left town for an entire week. Meanwhile, I traveled with my family to North Carolina for our annual Labor Day beach trip.

I would normally prep my blog and YouTube posts over the weekend. I do this because 1. it’s a lot of work to prep posts.and 2. I work a full time job during the week (I don’t get paid from blogging or YouTube; just clarifying because this is a thing now) so this saved me time and made things easier.

While I had initially planned to do prep for the following week’s posts over Labor Day weekend while at the beach, I was exhausted by the time we got there and decided I needed a break. I could feel myself getting burnt out and knew if I didn’t take the time to allow myself to recover, things would not end well. I ended up taking the week off from blogging and the next weekend we were traveling again, so I took another week off.

Normally I would have worked to get a post up during the week but I was strangely okay with taking the time off. I needed the mental break + space and used the time to reevaluate my goals + purpose for this space.

I’ve blogged in the past on other sites I’ve had, and I’ve stated this before but it still rings true so I’m saying it again: the thing about blogging is that you have to have something to say. You have to have something to share. And I just didn’t feel like I had anything to say or share at this time.

I was going through a time of trying to figure out what I want to do with my life (aren’t we all? does anybody know what they want to be when they grow up?!) and then I found this post on this blog…and it clicked.


I’ve read about minimalism over the last few years and have always been intrigued by the idea…but not enough to really go all out, full fledged “minimalist”; although I have applied concepts and ideas to certain areas of my life, especially my closet. That’s the beautiful thing about minimalism – it can mean different things for different people. There is no one size fits all formula to follow in order to be a “minimalist.” But something about reading this (a different time of life maybe, a different perspective) just clicked. And I read the entire blog in a day, no joke, during my spare time at work.

I was inspired and motivated. I went home and wrote down notes I had quickly typed on my phone while reading during the day. And over the next several days, I allowed myself time to think through how I wanted to apply these concepts to my life. I discussed with friends and family who are also inspired by minimalism and found more inspiration, thoughts, and ideas to consider and include in my new mindset.

I followed Jennifer’s direction and thought through what kind of life I want to have + how my core values will help shape that and my minimalism journey. The two words that came to mind constantly, were FREEDOM and SIMPLICITY.

Not just freedom and simplicity in the amount of things I own, which is the popular thought to minimalism (and very much apart of it!) but also in my schedule and other various areas of my life.

So without making this post too incredibly long, let me get to the point. I’ve decided to take a permanent break from blogging, YouTube, etc.. Like I said above, I don’t feel like I have enough to say or share on a regular basis to maintain the blog and amount of work it takes. But I also feel overwhelmed with various parts of it and am looking to simplify for the time being. I have other projects I’m working on that I’d like to be able and am looking forward to devoting more time to. And I think this journey will be good for me.

I’m not getting rid of the blog or my YouTube channel, at least not right now. And I’m not saying that I will never post on them again. Who knows, I may come back to this in 2 months and document something different. But for right now, I’m taking a break and have no current plans to continue. This has been a fun thing for me to do and I don’t regret it. I believe it’s a piece of the puzzle that I needed at the time to come to where I am now. But at the same time, I didn’t want to disappear and leave you guys hanging wondering where the hell I’d gone. So where am I? I’m over here enjoying my life and simplifying. If you’d like to talk more about minimalism or anything in the post, please feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to openly discuss or hear your thoughts towards the subject of minimalism and how it’s affected your life. If you’re interested about minimalism and want to know more, I’ve included several links to some resources I’ve found particularly helpful and inspirational in my process and I’d encourage you to check them out. They state things a whole lot better than I can.

I love you all and thank you for reading this little space of mine. Until next time.

Updates and Minimalism by Cramped and Cozy

Minimalism Resources:
Un-fancy (a blog about capsule wardrobes and simplifying clothes, one of my first encounters with minimalism): un-fancy.com
Simply + Fiercely (a blog about minimalism, my lastest encounter with minimalism and inspiration to continue my journey): simplyfiercely.com
Minimalism To Me YouTube video by my sister in law who has loved minimalism for forever and who I enjoy good conversation with.
This article I found on Pinterest gives 5 blogs on minimalism that are worth reading. I didn’t fall in love with any of these blogs but I thought they were good to look through and get ideas from.


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Hi. I'm Ryan Strobolakos. Cramped & Cozy is my little space of the internet where I blog about everything lifestyle and home decor. Stick around, why don't ya?

One thought on “Where I’ve Been, Updates, and a Minimalist Journey

  1. Hi Ryan,

    What a great post (yes, I read the whole thing! It wasn’t that long :P). All I have to say is, I get you. It’s funny, you feel like you have so much to discuss, but when it has to be this forced, regular thing (aka, running a blog), the words become dry. I completely understand your decision and reasoning. Blogging is time consuming and hard, and sometimes, life is just more important. I also love your ideas on minimalism and will be reading the links you put here. I’ve loved following your blog & social media. Wishing you all the best, and will keep a lookout if you decide to blog again!

    Eire | http://wolf-and-stag.com


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