Working to Afford the Life You “Want” and Having No Time to Live It

A friend of mine asked, "How does it make sense to work to afford the type of life you want, but not have time for that life because you are too busy working?" Try this:  Make a list of everything you've bought in the last 30 days...  Everything...   Strike out all of the non-essentials … Continue reading Working to Afford the Life You “Want” and Having No Time to Live It

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Chasing “The American Dream” is Depressing… Literally.

Awkward, lanky, less scruffy, teen me. My wife and I actually got to have a meaningful conversation this evening (a less frequent occurrence than should be). She asked me my thoughts on the increased incidence of teen depression (suicide as a side topic). One reason I gave was an increased focus on diagnosis (much like … Continue reading Chasing “The American Dream” is Depressing… Literally.

Minimalism Is Simple. It Just Isn’t Easy.

I have a confession to make… In Beginning Minimalism in Three Easy Steps (and 10 Places to Start), I think I oversimplified the minimalist lifestyle.  If you agree, I'm sorry, but I did so on purpose. “Then, why are you apologizing?” See, if you’re anything like me, you appreciate the acronym K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, … Continue reading Minimalism Is Simple. It Just Isn’t Easy.

Beginning Minimalism in Three Easy Steps (And 10 places to start)

So, you've heard about this minimalism thing and you're kind of diggin' the concept.  Of course, the whole idea of reducing the amount of clutter in our homes and simplifying our surroundings makes sense for a more calming being.  That said, now we're frozen in our tracks when faced with the catastrophic degree to which our … Continue reading Beginning Minimalism in Three Easy Steps (And 10 places to start)