• Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Can A Person Leave Minimalism Behind?

    Not too long ago in the grand scheme of things I decided to leave the minimalist lifestyle behind. I felt that it was fine for someone who traveled a lot (or perhaps didn’t have a family) but that it no longer suited my needs. Here lately though I’ve found myself looking around my home and wondering how in the world…

  • Education,  Life,  Success

    How to Defeat Panic and Accomplish Your Goals

    My daughter and I started college this past Thursday. We woke up bright and early to eat breakfast before we got started. Katie began to cook while I turned on some relaxing classical music. After a brief phone call from Auntie wishing us a happy first day of college, we talked quietly as we ate before settling down in our…

  • Happiness,  Life

    The Art of Stepping Back From Your Problems

    In 2011 I achieved the dream of being a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter. I had managed to build a successful writing business that supported us for several years. Then Life happened and the Internet changed. I saw my book royalties dropping and couldn’t think of a way to fix it due to the panic I felt since it…

  • Happiness,  Health

    Do Nothing

    In a few short days my life is about to get extremely busy. While I would like to say that I am approaching the busiest I’ve ever been, thanks to the minimalist practice of eliminating the unimportant this would be a lie, so I refuse to mislead you. Regardless of the exact details, the truth is that I have undertaken…

  • Minimalism,  Productivity

    The Facebook Fast

    As time ticked closer to the start of my first semester I began to worry: where would I get the time to attend college? I work more hours than ever at my public job; between that and my writing business (not including my regular household duties) I was already approaching my limit. Perplexed, I revisited my old friend Minimalism in…

  • self-improvement

    There is no White Knight Coming to Rescue You

    So life sucks. You’re perpetually broke and unattractive enough that all of the “good ones” pass you over for the younger, cuter models. Your only hope of having the good life is when the weight disappears, your flaws are magically fixed, your distant relative leaves you an inheritance, and a complete stranger begs you to accept a job offer that…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    The Art of Standing Firm

    There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to stand firm in our decisions, when we have to straighten our shoulders and move forward despite opposition from others–and even ourselves. These decisions can encompass anything. The details don’t matter; what matters is that you maintain your resolution. The people around you may not understand what you…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    You Can’t Change Your Past

    Every so often I encounter someone who shares with me their belief that they cannot be successful. “I’d love to [insert dream here] but I can’t. My parents were abusive/poor/absent so I’ve got too much of a disadvantage.” If it’s not some variation of that excuse, they claim that they got married or had kids too soon. Sometimes they’ve even…

  • Education,  self-improvement,  Success

    How to Deal With the Demon of Doubt

    After a long night at work I returned home to discover a surprise in my inbox: “Congratulations! We are excited to inform you that your application has been reviewed and you can start studying at UoPeople in the upcoming term!” I sat and stared at that email for an hour. I was accepted? Just like that? They’re joking, right? I…

  • Inspiration

    Counting the Shifts

    Having experienced freedom in the past I am likely more spoiled than most. I know the pleasure that comes from waking up when you like and having the freedom to arrange your schedule as desired. That is why on some days I dread going to work. Even as much as I enjoy my job I watch the clock tick closer…

  • Finances,  Productivity,  Success

    Why the Turtle Beats the Hare to Success

    One of the blessings that come with age is patience. Time has a way of making you realize that instant wealth or success is a fairy tale concocted by marketers to place your cash in their pocket by taking advantage of your impatience. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses how mediocre companies develop long-lasting success. His research…

  • Finances,  Housing,  Organization

    The Value of Household Inventory

    I opened the last tote of kitty litter this morning. As soon as I topped off the litterbox I sat down and penned a note to my daughter, asking her to order more come payday. We had 1.5 totes of cat food on hand, so I informed her that we would be good on cat food for this round. This…

  • Success

    Frustrated? Stick to Your Plan

    Last night Murphy’s Law seemed to reign at my job. I awoke this morning with the frustration still eating at me. The details don’t matter. You’ve probably felt the same, that desire to just say “fuck it” and change your plan. So what can you do when that desire hits? You can do the same thing that I do. You…

  • Health

    The Reality of Aging

    I woke up to a face filled with pain the other morning. I sat up with a moan, trying to figure out what was happening when my daughter entered the room. “Oh my God! What happened to your face?” Katie exclaimed. I staggered to a mirror. My upper right lip had swelled to the size of a sports ball. That…

  • Finances

    Do We Need a Job?

    Everyone knows that we need money in order to live. That’s a given. We need to buy food and clothing. We need a place to live. In certain nations (like my own) we need money in order to afford healthcare even. But do we really need a job? We’ve been taught that we need to go to school, get a…