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Experiment Log No. 21 — The Japanese Art of Decluttering

In this experiment I will declutter my apartment according to the principles in Marie Kondo’s book <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.</i> The book …

Experiment Log No. 9 — A Place for Everything

This is an experiment in getting rid of everything I don’t have a home for. See the original post here.<p>I don’t want to own anything that I’m not …

I Don’t Want Stuff Any More, Only Things

I have been a bad parent. I only did what I knew, but I can no longer deny it: I never gave them a good home. I never made them feel useful or showed …

A New Relationship With Food – Experiment No. 4 Results

Another experiment has come to an end, but as usual, I’m not going right back to what I was doing beforehand. Just like my last experiment, 30 Days …

Experiment Log No. 4 – Defensive Eating

This experiment is a 30-day exercise in responsible eating.<p>It commenced on schedule September 3, 2009 and will conclude October 2, 2009.<p>These are the …

Defensive Eating

So I get on one wagon and fall off another.<p>My third official Raptitude experiment, 30 Days Without Drugs, was a resounding success in my eyes. I …

How to cross every item off your to-do list in one night

For the entire year that I have lived in this suite, a cardboard-velvet box piled over with envelopes and mail sat on the floor between my filing …

5 steps to stop worrying what people think of you

On my seventh night in New York City I ended up, almost accidentally, living out a fantasy of mine — mingling with writers and photographers, in an …

6 helpful reminders for the overwhelmed person

One maddening tendency of any small electronic device is that whenever the battery is low, it wastes most of its remaining power beeping and flashing …

The frightening thing you learn when you quit the 9 to 5

As most of you know I quit my day job last fall to transition to making a living through my writing.<p>When I was preparing to give my notice, I met a …

Life is WAY simpler than you think

It probably doesn’t occur to most people that their lives have only ever happened one moment at time. Being in more than one place at once is …

Where Self-Esteem Comes From

When one of my favorite radio hosts, Shelagh Rodgers (pronounced ‘Sheila’), announced on air that she was leaving her morning show to take some time …

If Excess is Normal, I Want to Be Strange

When I was a kid in the 1980s, I learned from my television that Lucky Charms contained seven essential nutrients and was part of a complete …

Holistic Medicine

Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind

For a brief time in 2011, I had a place for everything. I discarded more than half of my possessions, with the idea of owning nothing that didn’t …

Minimalism

An Open Letter to My 15-Year-Old Self Just Before the Start of High School

Dear 15-year-old self,The first thing to know is that high school, and everything that comes after it, is impossible to get right. When you’re a kid …