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
There is this saying in nursing that it is the only profession in which we “eat our young”. That is to insinuate the more tenured, experienced nurses have a habit of mentally / verbally beating down their newer counterparts. To be fair, a large part of this is “tough love” and a heightened awareness to … Continue reading One-Size-Fits-All Works for Hats, Not Minimalism.
"What are you passionate about?" That's an icebreaker that Joshua Fields Millburn likes to use instead of the monotonous and misused opening line of "What do you do?" The former forces one to evaluate themselves from a perspective not often thought of. Some of us have multiple passions about which we could ramble on for … Continue reading Living on Purpose and “Embracing the Suck”
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.
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.
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)
We've all been there. After a hectic day at work, there’s the kids’ soccer practice, a quick bite to eat, followed by grocery shopping and the minions have been bickering and biting at each other’s heels the whole time. Do we have children or Chihuahuas? For a moment, we take solace in knowing the weekend … Continue reading The Start of Something Beautiful…