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Your Life is Too Valuable to Waste Chasing Possessions

<i>“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”</i> ― Mae West<p>There is more joy in pursuing less than can be found in pursuing more. In …

Breaking the Influence of Consumerism

Life is complicated enormously by modern propaganda.<p>Commercials and advertisements work relentlessly to convince us products manufactured on assembly …

Minimalism

A Thoughtful Guide to Gaining Self-Confidence

“<i>Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.</i>” —Malcolm S. Forbes<p><b>The importance of self-confidence in our lives can not</b> …

Self-confidence

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

<i>There’s more to life than buying stuff.</i>There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in …

Minimalism

9 Common Pursuits That Rob Us of Happiness

<i>“Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life.”</i><p>Happiness. We look for it in different places. Some of us hope to buy it. Some think we can earn …

Five Life-Giving Truths About Living Simply And Saving Money

People have set out to more remote places of the world, built homes of their own, and lived off the land. They’ve followed the sun—up at dawn, sleep …

All The Things I Want to Say About Money But Never Do

Recently, I was with a friend who was complaining to me she couldn’t afford to replace her cell phone. We were in her newly purchased Toyota …

Decluttering 101: 10 Rules to Help You Live with Less Stuff

These 10 Decluttering 101 rules aren’t rules about which room to start with or how long to declutter each day. The rules don’t include specific …

Trade Your To-Do List for a Love List (3 steps to get back to love)

If your December to-do list is longer than your usual to-do list, consider a trade. I’m not suggesting you give up everything you have to-do, but …

Los Angeles

How to Make Good Moments Last Longer

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Allison Niebes-Davis, PhD of Dr. Allison Answers.</i>Two years ago, I sat on the beach in Hawaii with my …

Mindfulness

7 Ideas to Implement a Calming Evening Routine

<i>Note: This is a guest post by Michelle Summerfield of The Classy Simple Life.</i>I’m no stranger to rushing around, operating on overload, and …

Speed Of Light

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Confessions of a Digital Hoarder

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Angela Horn of Mostly Mindful.</i>In 2008 I convinced my wife, Sporty, that we should sell 90% of our …

Why Ethical Fashion Matters

There was a time in my life when I owned flip flops in every color of the rainbow and then some. Every single pair was approximately $2.50, purchased …

The Underappreciation of Rest in Today's Society

<i>“What is without periods of rest will not endure.”</i> —Ovid<p>Recently, I spent a few weeks on vacation. The time was filled with travel, reconnecting with …

Fair Trade

How to Live the Paperless Life

The paper clutter struggle is real. We deal with paper on a daily basis and many of us have been saving paper for decades. How do we get rid of the …

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious …

Minimalism

Understanding the Diderot Effect (and How To Overcome It)

I am not a psychologist, nor am I philosopher. But I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the goals we pursue, the things we own, and the items we …

See the Good in Everyone

Recently, I visited Stockholm on behalf of Camino Magazine. Camino is Sweden’s largest sustainable living magazine. They were wonderful hosts …

What’s Keeping You From Going Further?

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Scott Stephens.</i><p>You park your car at the trailhead, hop out and grab your pack. As you’re running through the …

Backpacking