26 Steps to Simplicity: No

Learning to say “no” is integral to the joyfully simple life.  We feel compelled to say “yes” by the fear of mising out (FOMO).  It holds us captive to our phones, as we scroll insatiably through our social media channels.  It sends us out to every social activity we’re invited to.  It keeps us spellbound in front of our TVs.  It demands that we fulfill every request and commitment thrown our way. As a result, our calendars are covered with[Read more]

A Writer’s Manifesto On Living with Passion and Purpose

happy leap

I’m tired of seeing people live halfheartedly, without purpose or passion (myself included). It is too easy in our Western, consumer-driven society to cover our lack of meaningful living with the pursuit of more things. Shopping, eating, sex, TV, social media- we gorge ourselves on superficial excess and then fall into desperation from our meaningless existence.  All of that striving and buying and hooking up (to people or technology) just leads to more of the same until we finally stop[Read more]

Writing Through Writer’s Block . . . and Finding Him

look up fall trees

I have opened a new post entry almost daily for two weeks, and each time, the blank screen inside terrifies me.  I approach it with dread, knowing that the words won’t come- again.  No new thoughts, experiences, insights, observations spur my fingers to action.  I wonder if I will ever write another blog post. To avoid this belief, I search through the thousands of themes available, in hopes of updating my site and giving it new life and purpose.  I[Read more]

To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives?

In the past several weeks, I have immersed myself in the knowledge of simplicity, of minimalism, and of letting go.  I have already given away half of my clothes, all but two shelves of my books, countless papers, and a small load of kitchen utensils.  But, to what end? Is it a matter of pride?  “Look at all I have discarded, how organized I am!”  Yes, in part, I think it has been that.  Is it a matter of control? [Read more]