Lately, a friend of ours has been working on paring down the amount of material possessions she has, and has been having a heck of a time with many items. When we ask her why those in particular are a sticking point, even though its sometimes quite clear to us she doesn’t enjoy … More What is involved in gift giving?
Lately, there is a coworker of mine who has taken to occasionally bringing in banana milk to work to share with all of us at the bakery. Most of us were suspicious of it at first, as we hadn’t tried it before, yet we rapidly found the few of us sharing the shift … More Make kindness a habit
In my life and in the lives of many friends of mine, the topic of what is to happen to the belongings of our parents has been coming up with increasing regularity. The generations of our parents are getting close to stereotypical retirement age, and considerations about moving in to smaller arrangements than … More Millennials don’t want their parents’ stuff
For many, the wedding day is one of the most important days of their life. Thousands of dollars can be spent on the perfect dress, location, and meal, all to create the “perfect day.” My partner and I are getting married in only a few months, and we have been spending copious time … More It’s just a room
One of the most important steps in simplifying your life is deciding the direction you should take it. Where do you see yourself at the end of this journey, what will it take to get you there? This allows a degree of focus which is otherwise lacking. For myself, this direction is … More What is the point of your life?
When simplifying our lives, it is important to spend as much time focusing on what we are gaining from our efforts as we spend working to pare down, to minimize, those aspects we have deemed extraneous. An example I was struck by this past weekend came from waiting for a table at our … More Take time to live slowly
The idea of a curated life is one which has become widely known with the proliferation of social media and its use as a primary source of contact with so many of the people in our lives. A curated life is a social media presence which is designed, either consciously or not, to … More Curating our lives for others