Recently, I took some time to reflect on the process that Amy and I went through to begin decluttering our home. While we did quite a bit early on, much of the decision making about what we actually want in our lives continues to this day. If there is some secret minimalism achievement that unlocks an effortless, amazing life once we own few enough possessions, we sure haven’t hit it yet. But things have gotten a lot better since we embraced the idea of owning less and it’s absolutely worth the pursuit. That doesn’t mean that it’s not without difficulties, though. [Read more…]
At a certain point, we have to decide whether we intend to be available for the fleeting moments when life bring us fulfillment and joy.
On what could have been a typical Sunday, I sat down for a moment on our big two-person recliner in the living room. The morning sun was peering through our southern windows, gracing the Minnesota winter with its much needed light. [Read more…]
I am not a morning person and if you are, I commend you. I’ve done the early rising thing and while I can make it work, I’ve found that an extra hour in the morning simply isn’t as productive as an extra hour in the evening. That being said, I do highly value my mornings and have found that there are certain things that help start me off on the right foot.
I still believe in the power of a relatively decision-free first hour each day, as I wrote about previously, but I’ve shifted away from time-intensive things in the morning. More recently, I’ve learned to embrace my midnight bedtime and in doing so focused on creating a morning routine that fit a few rules: [Read more…]
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
While this phrase might be heard most often in classrooms, it can be applied to improve how we build sustainable habits as well. With each action we take, there is an invisible force providing resistance in the opposite direction. Whether it’s pushing against a wall or walking up a flight of stairs, the opposite force is there.
The same law can be applied to habits and daily actions and creating meaningful changes in our lives. [Read more…]
There is no doubt that social media has become a major part of modern life and I can’t see that changing much in the near future. Facebook usage continues to climb with the average user now spending upwards of 50 minutes per day on the site, yet more studies show that the more time we spend on Facebook, the less happy we are. So what exactly is going on here? Click below to read on or watch the video near the bottom of the post. [Read more…]