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Ten Unexpected Areas of Life Impacted by Minimalism

Thirteen years ago, I was introduced to minimalism during a short conversation with my neighbor. The realization that excess possessions were distracting us from greater pursuits immediately changed how we viewed our home and the items inside it. Within nine months, we had removed 60-70% of the things from our home and have never regretted...

If You Need Encouragement Today, Read This:

“Life is a journey, not a destination,” the old adage goes. And the adage is correct. Life is a journey. For one thing, we never know for sure where or when the end is going to arrive. But even more, if we viewed life’s destination as the ultimate goal, we’d only have a very brief moment at the end to finally appreciate it. Life...

9 Ways to Avoid Spending on Fads

Consumer fads and trends come and go—this will never change. What can change is how we interact with them. A fad, as defined by industry, is “a style, activity, or interest that is very popular for a short period of time.” Think: fidget spinners, rainbow looms, Beanie Babies, or those women’s shirts with the shoulders cut out. A...

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show. The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less. I invite you to fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging...

Your Biggest Dreams Do Not Include a House Full of Stuff

We’ve never met. But I’m going to make an assumption: Your greatest dream in life is not to own a house full of stuff you don’t use. Nobody, sitting across the table from you drinking a cup of coffee, would ever say that their greatest goal in life is to own a house full of boxes crammed into closets and cabinets. We all dream bigger...

10 Rules for Using Social Media Intentionally

Social media can be a wonderful thing. It allows us to stay in touch with friends, interact with people around the world, grow in our passions, and even make a difference in the world. However, it can also become a distraction that keeps us from living our best life. Social media can also lead to anxiety, depression, and broken relationships....

How to Distinguish Yourself

Years ago, my friend received a promotion at work. When his promotion was announced, the CEO explained it like this, “He has distinguished himself among his peers, we are promoting him to a new position.” It was a sentence I have never forgotten. “He has distinguished himself.” To me, it sounded like one of the greatest compliments anyone...

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

For the last eight years, I have been compiling and publishing curated articles that inspire simplicity. At first, it was an exercise in communicating to Becoming Minimalist readers the most popular articles I sent out on Twitter. But over the years, it has become more than that. It has become a place where people (every other week) come for...

It’s Better to Live Cheap Under Budget than Luxuriously in Debt

There are two ways to live life: 1. We can live in a way that we spend less than we make. 2. Or we can live in a way that spends more than we make. I suppose you could argue there is a third way: Spend exactly the same amount as you make. And that may be true, but unexpected emergencies happen all the time. Spending exactly the...

You Can’t Change Your Life until You Change Your Life

Do you want a change in life? Not everyone does, but some do. And if you are one of those people looking for change, this post is for you. Maybe you feel stuck, or in a rut, or just discontent believing there is a bigger and better life available to you. I don’t know exactly why you are desiring a change, or how big of a change...

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