A Simple Approach to Living With Less

Minimalism, Mind Reading, and Looking for Feedback

Communication….it’s the foundation of all good relationships. It sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget. I often find myself getting wrapped up in my own thoughts, deciding my own game plan for life, and I forget to run things by anyone else.

If you’re married, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about here. I’ve often fallen into the trap of thinking my husband’s hopes, dreams, and weekend plans will magically align with my own. By trial and error, we’ve both found that life goes more smoothly when we talk about our expectations ahead of time.

More recently, after I watched the movie “Forks Over Knives,” I got it into my head that I wanted to explore eating a Vegan diet. As I’m prone to do, I jumped right into things with full force. I researched new recipes, planned a bunch of vegan menus, and went shopping for a bunch of plant-based food choices. I didn’t get very far before almost the entire family revolted against the idea. Needless to say, things don’t go well when you unexpectedly change the food choices in a household of 10 people. [Continue reading]

Article originally published on 10/19/2011

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