Tag Archives: Simplicity

02Mar/15
Leaving The Hero Complex Behind

Leaving the Hero Complex Behind

Leaving The Hero Complex Behind

Superman’s suit worn by Christopher Reeve. Photo taken at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

I remember being 6 years old running on my home’s wrap-around porch and suddenly opening my Spring jacket pretending to be Superman. Then I would run back inside and ask my mom to snap my jacket back up so I coould do it all over again. You see, most of the time I felt more like Clark Kent than Superman. Growing with a disability, I felt fragile and was very dependent on others but imagining I was Mr. Kent gave me hope of becoming a hero.

As I got older, I got stronger and more confident. I developed a strong sense of responsibility, a love for helping people and fixing problems. You might say that those are noble traits, and for the most part you’d be right. These character traits helped me stay out of trouble, gave me purpose and shaped me into a dependable person. But I also developed a hero complex.

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23Feb/15
How to Cope When Life Feels Stuck

How to Cope When Life Feels Stuck

How to Cope When Life Feels Stuck

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I really enjoy reading. I don’t have as much time to do it as I’d like, and I will sometimes opt for the mental ease of watching television before I pick up a book, but I do enjoy reading. I hesitate to call myself a “reader” in the same way that someone who jogs recreationally hesitates to call themselves a “runner”. To them I always say, if you’re running voluntarily, then you’re a runner. The same sentiment could apply to reading as well, I suppose.

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05Feb/15

How Not to Become a Hoarder

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Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/ Freedigitalphotos.net

The other morning as I was getting clothes for my daughter to wear to school, I opened her sock drawer and reached for her last pair of clean socks. Internally I told myself “We’ll have to get her more socks.” Immediately my mind started to debate itself: “Do you really need more socks or do you just have to do laundry?”

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02Feb/15
5 Ways to Simplify Your Kitchen

5 Ways To Simplify Your Kitchen

Kitchens are one of the busiest rooms in the home and as such, can also become the most cluttered and chaotic. I’ve been trying out things to help keep it clean and simple, so here I share with you my 5 tips to keep a simple kitchen.

1. Clear the fridge. By removing almost everything from the surface of the fridge, it makes a much cleaner kitchen, both in the look of it and the actual surface. Eliminating cards, pictures, and calendars from the fridge can by done by hanging them somewhere else. For me, I chose to look inside the cupboards and that is where I place anything I need quick visual access to. You’re likely opening many cupboards frequently enough that it can also be a great place to put artwork or anything else that makes you smile.

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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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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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