A Simple Approach to Living With Less

The Magnetic Appeal of Minimalism

What is it that draws you towards minimalism? Is it a desire for more time in your life? Is it a yearning to be free of clutter? Is it just a sense of knowing there must be more in this life than you’re experiencing right now? It could be some or a combination of these […]

6 Simple Steps to Wake Up Your Life

Our hectic schedules have a numbing effect on our lives. We wander around from one obligation to the next with barely a moment to pause and consider where we are headed. Whenever I feel like I’m sleepwalking through life, I know it’s time to step back and get a wake up call. As I wrote […]

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.

5 Simple Steps to Being Thankful for the Yucky Stuff

It’s not always easy to be thankful. Life isn’t always pleasant and there’s far too much yucky stuff to deal with in our lives. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be thankful in spite of it. Our family has been dealing with some “yucky stuff” lately and it’s been hard not to give up and […]

Confessions from a Gift-Buying Minimalist

Initially, I thought a minimalist Christmas would be a cinch. Less shopping, more time. Awesome! Surprisingly, I found it has taken so much more thought, reflection, and planning to have a minimalist Christmas. Picking up a basket of candles or a cheap plastic toy on sale was so much easier! My version of a minimalist […]