Welcome to the start of a new monthly series, Behind The Scenes (unless someone suggests a better name for it). In this video, I cover what we’ve been up to for the last month or so, and what you can expect in the near future from the blog and YouTube channel (hint: a tiny house wood-fired sauna)! I also share some resources, links, and updates on the soon-to-be-released audiobook as well! [Read more…]
There’s a major disconnect between what we say we want in our daily routine, and how we’re actually spending our time.
And for me, the origins of this daily routine disconnect started more than a decade ago.
In the spring of 2004, I was a second semester freshman at Eastern Michigan University living in the on-campus dorms. Perhaps my first brush with minimalist living, I shared a 160 square foot room with my friend (and roommate) Sean while sharing a bathroom with the suite next to ours. It wasn’t glamorous, but when we ran out of breakfast cereal, it certainly made it easy to see if the neighbors had any.
More importantly, a few months earlier a guy named Mark Zuckerberg launched this thing called The Facebook and people were pretty excited about it. When The Facebook launched, it wasn’t available to anyone and everyone; it started at Harvard University, then slowly expanded to the Ivy Leagues, then other prestigious schools. My girlfriend at the time attended a more prestigious school than I, about 20 minutes away. I remember receiving the text message saying she had signed up, and all her other friends were already on it as well. [Read more…]
There’s more to success than what we would typically think. It’s not all about habits, consistency, and hard work—although those are all important parts of success.
I’ve recently had some experiences that made me realize there’s something that matters more than good habits.
Since early January, we’ve been down in Phoenix, Arizona house sitting for my in-laws while they are caring for Amy’s grandmother in Taiwan. [Read more…]
Feeling stuck can be the absolute worst—you know you’re really not happy with your current circumstance, but also might not know where to start to get unstuck. With millions of “solutions” out there, there is no shortage of offerings for things to buy, diets to try, and quick-fix answers to your problems.
Most often, the answer requires nothing but a little bit of science—lifestyle experiments, to be exact.
Over the last few years, I’ve tested dozens of lifestyle experiments to see how the change would influence my and Amy’s life. In fact, you could call our rounds of decluttering and downsizing as several lifestyle experiments—ones that led to the eventual launch of this website and massively positive life changes over the following years. [Read more…]
It’s hard to overstate the importance that reading has had in my life.
I remember focusing my attention on the nonfiction/personal development section of my favorite book stores back in high school, and that attraction still hasn’t left me. Some of the best things I’ve read were book recommendations from close friends who enjoyed reading them as well.
Many books have influenced my own perspective over the years and after the release of my own ebook, I’ve received many requests to share some of those book recommendations. Specifically, books on minimalism, habits, and creativity—the core principles of Break the Twitch and my work in these areas. This list will be updated as time goes on, so feel free to bookmark this page for later reference. [Read more…]