The Site:

The Bum Inside is about creating time for yourself. It is about living carefree instead of living according to society’s expectations.

This site is inspired by the simplicity of our childhood. We can spend time playing video games, learning to play an instrument, or learning new skills. We can spend time with friends, spend time with family, or meet new people. We can stay home, explore the city, or travel to a new place. It was the best time of our lives.

Eventually, you enter the real world. Responsibilities increased and time became scarce. Suddenly, you feel limited by the time you have each day. But, that should not be the case.

My name is Kiko Dacanay. I started this website to share my journey through minimalism, the lifestyle I discovered to create time for myself and pursue my interests. It is a work in progress, but this is where I will share my thoughts and experiences as I discover what I can get through a minimalist lifestyle. In here, you can expect to read articles on:

  • Decluttering
  • Living simply
  • Productivity
  • Time management
  • Achieving goals

Occasionally, you might find random stuff, including my interests:

  • Fitness
  • Travel

My Story:

After graduating in 2008, I began living the bum life. Three months later, I was sleeping at five in the morning and waking up by lunchtime. My energy was low and my sleep cycle wasn’t normal. That’s when I said I needed to do something productive.

So, in July of the same year, I became part of the workforce. Suddenly, I had clients and bosses to serve and commitments to fulfill. I had to go to company events and, being in my mid-twenties, felt the need to keep up with friends.

One day, I woke up and realized that three years of my life has passed. I felt I have only done so little during that duration of time. There was an itch I needed to scratch by leaving my job to cross out items in my bucket list.

In the middle of 2011, I quit my job. Finally, I thought to myself, I can begin the best time of my life!

In the first month, I did nothing. It was great in the beginning since I did not have to worry about anything. I convinced myself that I deserved a break. Then, I started to come back to the irregular sleep cycle I experienced years ago. Other than that, the money I saved was dwindling away.

From that moment until 2013, I took on different projects to have an income stream and somehow not have a full-time job. At least, I’m not restricted by the 9 to 5 schedule and I can work on projects when I wanted to.

As the projects came rolling in, the “not restricted by the 9 to 5 schedule” took a different meaning when I found myself working on projects until four in the morning to keep up with deadlines.

That was when I realized I was being immature. I had to accept that I cannot go back to the life I had before. That’s when I decided to change my mindset and behavior. I cannot regress to the life I had before; I can only progress to the life I want to live.

In January of 2014, I went back to the workforce and a little after that, discovered minimalism. Through it, I learned how living with less helped me create time for myself. The clutter surrounding me lessened. I became more organized, productive, and also learned how to manage my time.

From there, I got to travel more, crossed out some items in my bucket list, and now I’m also able to find time to focus on projects for my future self.

Right now, I’m still feeling the urge to go away from the 9 to 5 schedule. But compared to before, there is now balance. I’m already on the right track to where I want to be.

Contact: kiko@thebuminside.com