0. Prologue It has been a week since I saw my mother for what might be the last time. We met at the bank to finish up a business arrangement between us. She gave me the last of the $10,000 I had loaned her from my student loans—a final $1,500 payment—and I signed a quit… Continue reading Knowing when to let go
There are a lot of things in transition. Still. I’m not complaining. Life is labyrinthine. Being flexible has always been a skill that I’ve tried to cultivate in myself. In times like this, I think about storms. Spending my formative years in Missouri, I saw a lot of storms, especially in the spring and early… Continue reading Thoughts from a late night
There are a couple of areas where minimalism has just felt right. One of those areas was my bathroom. I started with makeup. Now, if you know me, you know that I rarely wear makeup. I’ll even go to interviews without because, honestly, I’m not going to spend twenty or thirty minutes a day doing… Continue reading The Minimalism Challenge: Bathroom
Habits are funny things. There was a lot of research I got into about our habits several years ago that still sticks with me to this day. Back then, someone on NPR talked about the “power of three.” That the three-day “hump” of habit-kicking is often the hardest few days to power through, and then… Continue reading Breaking habits, forming new ones
When I started to lean into Minimalism, the first push-back I encountered was the idea of getting rid of my books. Books have always been my friends. Literally, that’s what I call them—my friends. I’ve gone through some hard patches in my life. More so than most, less than some. Throughout it all, I could… Continue reading The Minimalism Challenge: Books
There are a few questions about minimalism that I have fielded, both from friends and family and from myself. I thought I’d take a moment before the upcoming posts on my Minimalist Challenge to answer three of those questions. Just the term minimalist tends to carry with it a particular image, but let’s make something… Continue reading Q&A: Why would you get rid of all your stuff?
Bonjour! Bienvenue! It has been a few days since I was able to write a blog post. The move took a lot more out of me than what I expected, especially for a self-proclaimed “expert” such as myself. We were without home internet for several days, which meant my online connectivity was limited to what… Continue reading Know Thyself