Since starting out on our intentional living journey, my understanding of the role that physical things play in my life has changed significantly. It may have been a bit of a blanket concept, realizing that those small, consistent purchases I was making weren’t actually bringing me prolonged happiness in relation to the money I was spending on them. They were bringing me happiness though, sort of. [Read more…] about How to Make Intentional Purchases
In two days, there will be a box sitting on your front porch and it may be the one thing that’s going to ruin your life.
It’s funny to think that such a small, seemingly harmless movement–the click of a mouse–could be so damaging. I bet it doesn’t even burn 1/5th of a calorie doing it.
So you spent $23 on a new phone case that you didn’t really need. So what? [Read more…] about How Buying One Thing Can Ruin Your Life
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After several audience requests and some personal encouragement, my wife Amy joined me for a video! In this one, we discuss how we met, what it was like decluttering as a couple, what inspired our intentional living journey, and Amy introduces herself to the Break the Twitch family.
Many people often ask what to do if a partner isn’t on board with minimalism and the decluttering process. As a minimalist couple with some different opinions, we offer some advice and thoughts on the topic. While being a minimalist couple is rare, that doesn’t mean there aren’t disagreements. It can be difficult, but we have some tips on how to compromise and how to move on to make more progress.
Life gets better, you will be happier, and you’ll have more time to pursue what matters to you. That happiness will inspire others and spark questions as to how you did it. The best way to encourage people is to be living proof of what is possible by owning less stuff. In a sense, this creates a chain reaction that will influence more and more people in your life. Just stick with it, and you’ll eventually get there with the people you love.
I hope you enjoy the video. This is Amy’s first video with me on YouTube, so let’s give her a warm welcome.
If you’ve been hanging around with me for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of books. I’ve read a wide variety, but typically end up in the nonfiction section. I love learning about the world through different people’s perspectives and sharing my own ideas on what I read.
Every now and then, a book that really hits the nail on the head comes along and changes the way I think of things. Sometimes that change is simply a reinforcement of the way that I already view the world, and sometimes it’s a complete shift all together.
Last week, I received an advance reading copy of The More of Less by Joshua Becker, and have really enjoyed reading through. I can safely say that this book will be an impactful, helpful guide for those seeking to change their lives in a meaningful way. [Read more…] about Thoughts on The More of Less, by Joshua Becker
I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism recently, specifically the idea of living with less stuff and prioritizing experiences. Over the last two years, this philosophy has been incredibly effective in helping Amy and me slowly craft our lives into what we’ve wanted them to be. There are just so many different considerations that it can sometimes be overwhelming to think about whether or not we’ve landed where we should be. [Read more…] about Creating Checks Points for Living Well
I’ve spent the last week in my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m heading back to Minneapolis today, but I have had a great time visiting family and friends here. I’ve been staying with my parents, in the house where I grew up, which means I’ve spent quite a bit of time sitting in a great deal of my own history. [Read more…] about How An Early Failure Jumpstarted My Intentional Living Journey