The Mall Is Not Your Friend

When I was teenager, indoor malls were just starting to pop up all over middle class suburbia.  I remember how shopping went from being a necessary task to entertainment seemingly overnight. Inside you could find food courts and gift shops, specialty clothing boutiques and art stores. There was something for everyone and every age. And just like that, the mall became something to do instead of somewhere to go when you needed the essentials. Continue reading The Mall Is Not Your Friend

I Can’t Change Anyone But Myself

I’m a fixer at heart. I want to fix the world. When I see someone that’s doing it wrong (translation: That’s not the way I would handle that.) or inefficient (translation: My way is so much faster and easier!)…I want to jump in and rescue the poor souls from their tedious methods and propel them into the awesomeness that is “my way” of whatever it is they’re doing. Continue reading I Can’t Change Anyone But Myself

Please Put Your Phone Down!

On second thought, put it away.

Yes, yes…we all have moments when we check our messages, respond to a texts and have to take a call. But when does it all become too much?

Recently I lost my patience with a friend. This person came a long way to see me, yet spent meals, movies, and conversations bent over her phone following and talking to other people instead of engaging in the moment. Continue reading Please Put Your Phone Down!

Cut Out The “What If”

When I talk to friends about streamlining their possessions, one question always comes up. What if I need (or want) it sometime in the future?

While everyone has to decide what they are and aren’t going to make room for in their lives and in their homes, storing items away for that magical “what if” is almost always a recipe for disaster. Continue reading Cut Out The “What If”

Mindful Spending

There is an excitement that comes with purchasing something shiny and new. The rush begins when we start thinking about all the great things we are going to do with our new widget. We start to believe what the advertisers are feeding us. If only we own this (insert unnecessary purchase here), our lives will be more exciting. Friends will find us more interesting. Neighbors will envy us. We will be happier. None of this is true, however, and we usually find ourselves with less money and one more possession to add to the pile. Continue reading Mindful Spending

Letting Go Of Bad Relationships

At the very heart of living with less is the ability to let go. And yet that seems to be the hardest part. We tend to often tie our self-worth and identity to the things we own and the people we associate with. When that happens it feels like losing a bit of ourselves when we have to relinquish them. And while material things in and of themselves aren’t really destructive, hanging on to relationships that are no longer functional can be mentally and sometimes physically damaging. Continue reading Letting Go Of Bad Relationships