A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Live a Life Beyond the Box!

So many times in life, we limit ourselves. We put limits on our dreams, on our abilities, and our identities. We often explain it away by making excuses for our boxed-in lives. We claim it’s due to our circumstances that our beyond our control:

* If only I had a better paying job, I wouldn’t be in so much debt.
* If I had more free time, I could write that book I always wanted to write.
* I wish I was in better shape, but I just can’t lose weight.
* My house is so cluttered, but I don’t know where to put everything.

I’m guilty of saying all those things myself. Maybe you have too.

Minimalism for Moms

Note: This post originally appeared as a guest post at Becoming Minimalist. Some of you may have already read it but for those of you who didn’t, I thought I’d include it here as well. It’s about tapping into your power as a mom and making a difference in your family through the power of […]

Progress Does Not Equal Perfection

I have a confession to make. I’m not very good at changing. Next week I’ll turn 34 and while I have many things I want to change about my life, I’m not making the kind of progress I had hoped for.

One of the things I have learned in my almost 34 years of life is:

If nothing changes . . . Nothing changes.

Yep, my life won’t change if I don’t. That kind of truth sort of slaps me in the face.

Experiments in Simplicity

You can only read so much about minimalism, simplicity, and living with less. At some point, you just have to jump in and try it. I’m guilty of being an over thinker sometimes. When I’m faced with something new I like to examine it from every angle. The problem with this approach is that it’s […]

Go Slow: Part 2

Editor Note: This the second part of a guest post series on “Go Slow by Gena Smith from Hanuiloa. If you have just arrived at Part 2 I highly recommend you bookmark this page and head over to read Part 1 of this 3 part series.

My name is Gena, I live on an island and I want to teach you how to “Go Slow.”

If you are approaching an intersection and discover the signal isn’t working correctly and crossways traffic is still headed through in spite of you having a green light; are you going to take your chances because you were given the green light and barrel on through the intersection hoping not to get hit? Of course not. You understand the need to apply the brakes in that situation. You may even pump them to get the traffic behind you to notice the predicament, but you’re not going to ignore the situation. You’re going to deal with it. You don’t want to get crunched by an oncoming cement mixer, right? So you put on the brakes. Funny thing how we notice the obvious when a few tons of steel are headed our way, but not the equivalent of an invisible freight train. Hello dear reader, meet your life’s schedule, otherwise known as a ‘freight train.’ Something is going to give soon, and it won’t be the locomotive; you are going to have to decide to put the brakes on.