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
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
A couple of weeks ago, a close friend was telling me about an invitation she received to weekend away with her soon to be sister-in-law and her girlfriends. My friend was a bit frazzled. Between work and other obligations, she really didn’t have the time to go and was trying to figure out how to make it happen. So I asked her, “Why don’t you just tell her you can’t make it?” Her response, “But I told her I would. She’ll be upset. I don’t know what I would say.” Continue reading Permission To Say No
I’ve always prided myself on my budgeting skills. I could tell you where every dime was going and pay the bills on time. But over the last couple of years my income and expenses have changed slightly and instead of re-evaluating and adjusting, I kept on the same path I’d been on. Instead of actually budgeting, I realized I’d only been accounting for my expenditures after the fact without any real plan. Continue reading Do You Budget?
Anyone close to me knows I’m a minimalist. It’s not to hard to figure out if you take a moment and look. I live in a 600 sq ft. condo, I don’t own a television or have cable, my vehicle is a 9 year old Honda Fit, my go to outfit is a black t-shirt, jeans and chunky clogs. If you visited me at home, you’d also find that I don’t have a lot of stuff, but the setting is still zen and inviting. If you dug a little deeper you’d also see that I don’t own a dresser and I have empty cabinets in my kitchen. Continue reading Meal Planning As A Strategy For Less
Ah…the shopping list. It can be the most important tool in a life with less. You see, when you approach all your spending with intention, you will get more of what you need and less of that which just catches your eye. Continue reading Making A List…
When we’re young, everything is an adventure. New experiences are thrown at us left and right and we jump in with either gusto or trepidation, but regardless, we jump in. As we get older, this starts to change. We begin picking and choosing according to our tastes. Sometimes we stop trying new things altogether in favor of the familiar. Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid To Be Uncomfortable
There are some people who always seem to have their homes in order. You walk in and everything is in its place. For others, it’s a little tougher. When our lives get busy, house cleaning and straightening can take a backseat. My theory is this, when your surroundings are clean and organized, the space becomes calmer and helps us to move through our days a little easier. Continue reading A More Organized Home In 4 Simple Habits
One month ago I decided to make a pretty drastic change to my diet. I gave up processed foods. What does that mean exactly? Well, for starters, anything with more than one ingredient is off the table unless I’ve prepared it myself. Since many canned items contain loads of salt, sugar and preservatives, my staples include mostly fresh and frozen foods. I buy my grains, legumes and pulses in bulk and am working on making the switch from canned to dried beans. Continue reading Thoughts On Whole Foods vs. Processed
Now I have never been a super fit girl, but I have tried to take good care of myself and consider myself relatively healthy. I eat a primarily vegetarian diet, cook a lot of my own foods and do my share of moving and shaking on a regular basis. But moderation has never been a strong suit of mine and sugar has been a consistent weakness that I have been unable to quash.