• Inspiration,  Minimalism,  Writing

    Minimalism and Creativity

    In the book Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon writes: ” It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.” “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon, page 119, para. 1 While I have written about that in the past, about eliminating the unimportant to liberate your time…

  • 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…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism

    The Television Adventure

    When I eliminated my television back in 2009, I had no intention of acquiring another. I was perfectly content using my computer to stream videos or watch DVDs, so I thought I would have no reason to bother. Katie disagreed. As everyone knows, my beloved daughter is not a minimalist. She works hard and shops with the same enthusiasm. I…

  • Simplicity

    Keep It Simple

    This world has gotten so complicated that it is hard to keep track of things. We have to own and maintain vehicles, remember when to pay our taxes, determine which of the endless list of tasks need to be done, all on top of figuring out ways to pay our bills. Hell, go into a store these days just to…

  • Business,  Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    A Private Revolution

    Sometimes the most horrible revelations can teach us. Yesterday I was presented with the reality of our world. The image of a man who was somebody’s dad, who reminded me of my dad burned its way into my soul as I read about the treatment he received from the nation I called home. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change…

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    Frugality,  Simplicity

    Washable Puppy Pads

    We live in an age where so much of what we use is disposable. We are expected to buy these items, use them once, then toss them away for new. When we do this, however, we not only contribute to the landfill problem, we also give our money to corporations that not only avoid paying taxes, but use those funds…

  • Minimalism,  Simplicity

    How to Find Out What’s Essential to You

    Beep! Beep! Beep! The alarm from the water treatment plant nearby alerted me that the river was up again. I know my days are numbered here. While flood waters have only entered this house once in the past, eventually it will happen again. I have already seen them lick the bottom of my floor joices. I would be foolish if…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    Is it Socially Acceptable to Save Money?

    As I look back upon this year, I realize that the majority of the criticism that I’ve received concerns how I choose to spend (or not spend) my money. Among the things I’ve been told: I should rent or buy a bigger home. While I’m here, I should spend money painting and decorating my current home, despite the fact that…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…

  • Minimalism,  Organization,  Personal,  Simplicity

    Physical Vs. Print Books

    Over the years I have waffled between print and physical books. I love having the ability to pull a book off of the shelf and flip to my notes or review certain sections. I don’t know if it is because I grew up exclusively with physical books or if that is the way that my brain works. Regardless of the…

  • Recycling,  Simplicity

    When Older is Better

    I took the opportunity to visit the computing section of a major store yesterday. Reader John had posted on Facebook about how laptops have gotten to the point where not even the keyboards are easily replaceable so I wanted to confirm his complaint. To my dismay, every single laptop offered for sale was designed in a way to make replacing…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Sock Rebellion

    I cannot remember the last time I purchased socks. One day I realized that I owned far too many pairs and decided not to purchase any more until the ones I owned wore out. It is finally starting to happen. This morning I grabbed a pair out of my bin to discover that both socks contained holes. As I examined…

  • Financial Freedom,  Minimalism

    The Joy of Freedom

    I have spent the days after my final exam immersed in a new book project. I feel as if I’ve come back to life after walking through the proverbial “valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4, Revised Standard Version). A part of me had been dying and I had not even realized it. Bit by bit, with every shift,…

  • 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…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism

    Four Benefits of Becoming a Minimalist

    I initially started down the path of minimalism before I knew the term existed. As a single mother, I discovered that the less I owned, the less time I had to spend cleaning my home. The less I purchased, the less I had to work. Since I wanted to be the best single mother I could be by spending as…

  • 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…