Understanding why I want to take the journey to minimalism will help me stay motivated on my journey, it will help me to know what exactly minimalism means to me. Minimalism is simply taking control over your life and distilling it down to it’s most important parts. By seeking a minimalist lifestyle I identified priorities in my life and intentionally tried to optimize everything around those things. So in the end minimalism isn’t about clutter, how I dress, or how to get rid of stuff; It’s about me making room, mentally and physically, for what is most important to me. Each are at odds with each other. To adopt all three has it’s challenges. On one hand you are trying to follow the minimalist’s ideas of buying less, therefore using less & being as frugal as possible on all purchases. Add to that the idea of spending money to gain a little return on your purchases. I found that since I neither fly or spend much time pursuing the advantage credit offers me with regards to dining, entertainment or travel, I have conflict. I dine out monthly once, sometimes twice or at most three times. I only use a stay in a motel as a result of poor planning or an emergency. As far as air travel, I have a fear of flight, along with the realization that the sights I’m passing up for speed is counter-productive, you miss so much at 30,000 feet & the hassle at the airports are a necessity that I want to avoid at all costs, time wasted as far as I’m concerned. Money is part of the deal, I’m not motivated by money but I also don’t want to spend unnecessarily when I can avoid it. When I first got my cards I was diligent in the quest, gaining bonuses for meeting spending limits, but soon found I was purchasing many unneeded items just to meet the goals. It was a costly buy off, and didn’t play out too well with my adoption of minimalism. Credit card companies make money when you use the cards, or pay the interest & fees. They don’t want to keep you in debt but do want to keep the accounts active. It just doesn’t work well with my lifestyle. So, I will let others ‘play’ that game.