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…]
Note: This is a guest post written by Ali Cornish of Everthrive.
What is boredom?
Boredom is the experience of frustration when we want the stimulation of a satisfying experience, but are unable to achieve it. Boredom leaves its victims craving relief from a very unpleasant state.
It’s terrible to be bored. At least, that’s what I’ve been told from a young age. [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…]
Note: This is a guest post written by Colin Ashby of Rebel With A Plan.
Living a simple and intentional life has been my goal for a while. I don’t want material possessions and stuff to weigh me down and keep me from doing what I want to do. Over the years I’ve decluttered, given stuff away, and focused on what was important. I feel proud to live a life with stuff and experiences I truly value, I just didn’t expect the anxiety that came from the label of minimalism. [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…]