23Jan/15
The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

The Day I Lied

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This is the story of the time I lied to our four year old. No, not about the existence of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. I didn’t lie to her about how eating green vegetables will give her magic hair like Rapunzel or that if she isn’t asleep in five minutes the fairies won’t be able to come and sprinkle her with fairy dust (that is what I call regular dust in my house; our home is incredibly magical). I lied to her about dog clothes.

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21Jan/15
Ban The Than

Ban The Than

Ban The Than

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How long have I been a minimalist? Longer than some of you but definitely shorter than Joshua Becker! Does this kind of answer satisfy you? Probably not. And yet, we use it all the time.

How’s the weather? It’s colder than yesterday. Do you like the soup? It’s better than the last batch. Wasn’t that a great movie? I guess, but I didn’t like it as much as the first two in the series.

Why then, with these kind of answers failing to satisfy us, do we insist on comparing?

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14Jan/15
It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

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“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” – Michael Jackson

“It’s not you, it’s me.” It’s a cliche line used when breaking up with someone to take the onus for the end of the relationship. It’s also something I’m trying to live by every day.

“It’s not you”, the man who cuts me off in traffic–

“It’s me”, the one who has to let go of anger that surfaces.

“It’s not you”, friend or family member who didn’t react to news the way I wanted you to–

“it’s me”, taking ownership of my life choices regardless of how anyone else responds to them.

“It’s not you”, child who challenges my authority or brings me to my knees in exhaustion–

“it’s me”, a parent who is learning what it means to love unconditionally.

There is a proverb that says “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” What kind of reflection do you see today?

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09Jan/15
2015 Resolutions

2015 Resolutions

Did you make any resolution yet?

Watch this video to discover how I plan to push minimalism to the next level. I also discuss other personal and professional goals.

I hope that this video gives you ideas for your own resolutions and helps you find ways to accomplish your S.M.A.R.T. goals.

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06Jan/15
Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go

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Giving advice is often easier than receiving one and applying it! Let it go is a popular saying these days. But what does it mean? For some, it means letting the grieving process run its course. For others, it means letting go of an argument between friends or colleagues; or letting go of a harsh comment someone gave you. It also means letting go of being a perfectionist. I need to work on all of these and I hope that by writing this post, I’ll be able to take my own advice.

You should carefully reread the first paragraph because there are at least ten mistakes in it. If you consider yourself to be a great reader and writer, you should have found some by now. For those of you who are perfectionists, let me stop you right here, I did not intentionally insert ten mistakes. For the rest of you, imagine searching for these mistakes, never finding them but always wondering where they might be or if you found all of them. That is a silly example of how it feels not to let go.

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31Dec/14
Most Popular Posts of 2014

Most Popular Posts of 2014

Most Popular Posts of 2014

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To everything – turn, turn, turn. There is a season – turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose under heaven. Cheryl and I found a new purpose this year, sharing our life, our love for life and life lessons we stumble upon along the way.

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29Dec/14
Best Advice Ever

Best Advice Ever

Best Advice Ever

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Stop rationalizing! This is the best advice ever that I can come up with for now. 😉 Rationalization can be good and is actually essential when planning or looking for constructive solutions. Unfortunately, I tend to use rationalization in a different way: it helps me to make excuses! I think we all do.

Suppose you took a small piece of chocolate just because you wanted a snack. You’re still hungry, another little piece won’t hurt. And then another, who can blame you, you deserve it! See how easily it’s done and our minds are amazing at doing it! Some of you might be drooling by now (I apologize), others might not have difficulties resisting food. But we can all think of at least one thing we try to get or do by using rationalization when we know already it is non-constructive or even worse still, destructive.

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24Dec/14
Minimalism Update - December 2014

Minimalism Update – December 2014

Here’s our minimalism update for December 2014. We hope you had a great year! We certainly enjoyed posting articles and videos for you guys. We wish you a Merry Christmas and are sending our best wishes for 2015. See you next year!

Make sure to watch the whole video, we included a cute and funny clip from our youngest. 😉

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19Dec/14
Sonic Speed Cupboard Clean

Sonic Speed Cupboard Clean

Just because I try to keep a simple home doesn’t mean I am immune to clutter. Organizing isn’t a one-time deal, it requires daily maintenance and sometimes a mini do-over if you haven’t been keeping it tidy. Watch as I remove, clean, and rearrange everything in my “catch-all” cupboard in the kitchen.

First step is to pick where you want to organize/simplify. Next step is to remove everything, yes, even if it means jumping up and down to see the back of the cupboard like I had to. Then it’s time to wipe down the shelves. Then I went through the items and decided if there was anything that needed to be moved to another location or thrown out. I didn’t have much to remove because I had already done a purge of the cupboard once.

After that comes what I call the “fun”. Finding a place to put things back. Since the last system obviously wasn’t working for me (otherwise I would have maintained it better) I decided to try to put things back differently the second time. I put things I rarely use (once a week or less) on the top shelf, things that are used but not necessarily daily on the middle shelf, and my daily-use or things I need quick access to on the first shelf. I Hope you enjoy watching this and let me know which space tends to become cluttered for you.

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15Dec/14
Sneaking Around Helping People

Sneaking Around Helping People

Sneaking Around Helping People

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As a Canadian living in a cold and snowy city, one of my slogans is “I can’t always run but I can shovel!” Actually I don’t mind shovelling snow. I put some Christmas music on and go out enjoy the fresh air and the workout.

Not too long ago was the first big storm of the season here in Ottawa. At this time of year, shovelling is not just a sport, it’s an intense planning activity! See, I have a small lawn and long driveway which means I need to carefully place the snow in a way that will allow me to stack the snow all winter long without it crumbling down and burying me. 😉

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