• Happiness,  Personal,  Simplicity

    How to Know That You Are Loved

    I stayed up until sometime after 1am to watch the water. Even with the crest prediction being lowered, I wanted to be cautious. I gave my auntie one last call to let her know that we were okay and headed to bed. BoomBoomBoomBoomBOOM! My whole house shook from the banging. I rolled off the bed, landed on the dog, and…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    Sex, Celibacy, and Minimalism

    Minimalism is the art of eliminating the unimportant to make room for the important. It is the art of eliminating the excess to focus upon the essential. On the surface, these definitions tend to make us think about stuff. But minimalism can be applied to all aspects of our lives. Perhaps it is because there is still a taboo surrounding…

  • Happiness

    The Art of Reducing Paranoia

    The subject of privacy is much like American politics: there are two main camps and they hate each other. I normally don’t worry about that but after recent events I noticed tinfoil hats appear on my head to the point where it was beginning to make me uncomfortable. I aim for moderacy, yet I was starting to question everything. I…

  • Economy,  Happiness

    The Problem With Wanting Change

    “I don’t care what you say to me. Just give me the money!” – unknown The problem about change is that everybody wants it but nobody actually wants to do the real work that brings it about. I can preach about the dangers of the Walton Family until Hell freezes over, but if I’m still shopping in their stores I’m…

  • Goals,  Happiness,  Life

    Do We Need to Establish Goals?

    Around the turn of each year the conversation tends to revolve around the establishment of goals. “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” seems to be the title of scores of new articles that proliferate this time of year. One major issue I have with this annual deluge is the fact that so very few posts ever discuss the why. Why…

  • Food,  Happiness,  Holidays

    The First Step to Happiness

    There is an epidemic of unhappiness in this world. We don’t want to talk about it since unhappiness is now called “depression.” Depression is a bad word because it now means that we’re crazy and we need to go talk to a psychiatrist or take some drugs. The stigma surrounding unhappiness makes it hard to discuss openly. Our current social…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Priorities

    Sam Hagin pointed out that we “all live for someone” on my last post. You are exactly correct, Sam. We all live for someone. We might live for family, we may live for friends, or we may live for a purpose we’ve set for ourselves. Or we may just live for ourselves. It doesn’t really matter in the end who…

  • Happiness,  Life,  Success

    You Have One Life

    Life is not like a video game. At the end, you can’t put more money into the machine to buy a do-over. Just one shot, one chance… …and then it’s gone. How do you want to spend this priceless resource? Do you want to spend it living someone else’s dream, or yours? Many of you are living someone else’s dream.…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement

    The Art of Embracing Change

    It is so easy to become stuck in a rut, to do the same things you’ve always done each and every day. Those ruts can be simple ones like grabbing a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up each morning to how you spend your time. While much has been written about how habits can make us more…

  • Happiness,  Minimalism

    When the Seasons Change

    As we move through this grand adventure called Life, we change. We have a period of development in childhood. A moment where we think we know all that we need to know in adulthood, then eventually reach the point where we realize that we know absolutely nothing in this grand scheme of things. Transitions are typically marked by events. Moving…

  • Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement,  Time management

    How Do You Spend Your Time?

    “To come but once into the World, and Trifle away our true Enjoyment of it, and of our selves in it, is lamentable indeed.” William Penn (1706). Some Fruits of Solitude, in reflections and maxims relating to the conduct of human life. These past few days I’ve had little to do but rest and think. It occurred to me that…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Why Bad Things Happen

    The other evening I had a moment to chat with a young friend. This person needed to share the burden of some personal problems and wanted to seek my advice. In the course of the conversation it became apparent that my young friend was placing far too much importance on what, in the end, was a rather trivial situation. To…

  • 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…

  • Happiness

    A Bit of R&R

    I had the house to myself during my day off yesterday. I woke up early, knocked out my daily tasks, and then curled up with my current book. It was so pleasant to simply exist. I didn’t have to go anywhere. I didn’t have to do anything. I could simply be… …Until the messages and the phone calls started, that…

  • Happiness,  Personal

    I Don’t NEED Anything

    Yesterday. Walking to work. I was crossing the street after checking the free stack at the local library. That was when it hit me: I don’t NEED anything! I really, really don’t. I have a roof over my head that I can easily afford even if Katie moved out tomorrow. I have clothes on my back. A surplus, actually, that I will use…