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Inspiration: The Minimalists

Inspiration: The Minimalists

In a recent post about Minimalism vs Frugality, Ms. Rustic Walks mentioned that just under a year ago, we discovered who are likely the first two people anyone researching this stuff would come across: The Minimalists. Their message sat well with us: less is more. We found that we had a good amount of things, but they were not improving our life anymore.

For years, I have had an aversion to clutter. Keeping my life in order physically meant less work for my future self when looking for something, or needing to run out the door. Meanwhile, Ms. RW moved around a lot and had to keep her possessions to a minimum. We both already had a predisposition to curating our possessions, but we needed extra motivation to get rid of things we no longer needed.

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Glasses, Contacts or Lasik: Which is Cost Effective?

Glasses, Contacts or Lasik: Which is Cost Effective?

About a month ago, I made the error of trying to move too quickly while running errands. I threw my glasses onto my car’s seat, and when I came back to drive, I sat down with a nice crunch. My heart sank as I pulled up my glasses and saw that I had given them a good flattening. They’re still mostly wearable, but the lenses are just about ready to fall out, and they sit a bit crooked on my face.

As I began researching what I could do to fix them, I ran into a bit of a brick wall. Nobody seems to want to fix rando glasses – they will either offer a warranty or want you to swap them out with something else. That makes sense from a business perspective, I get it. Still, it got me thinking about vision correction and what route would be the most cost effective: glasses, contacts, or Lasik.

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Minimalism and Daily Carry: What to Bring in Your Wallet and Pockets

Minimalism and Daily Carry: What to Bring in Your Wallet and Pockets

Take a look at your wallet. Is it packed full of cash, credit cards, business cards, I.D. cards, pictures and more? Do you have a dozen or more items on your key chain? Are your pockets stuffed when you head out for the day?

I cannot stand the feeling of reaching into my pockets and not being able to pull something out with ease. It’s cumbersome, and it makes me feel like I’m lugging around much more than I need to. Because of this, a few years back, I went through everything I was carrying with me on a daily basis and really thought about if I actually needed it, or if it had just found a home in the stuff that I throw in my pockets each morning. Eventually my wallet went from a tri-fold to a bi-fold to a sleeve, and my keychain went from fourteen items to a mere five, of which I’m currently considering dropping down to two.

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A Different Kind of Morning Routine

A Different Kind of Morning Routine

The enigmatic “morning routine.” I am a firm believer that what you do in the morning sets the stage for the rest of the day. At that, I believe in the old mantra of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It may be more or less disproven as a scientific thing, but psychologically, I think it gives me the boost I need to take on the day.

I used to think I was a so-called “night owl,” because that seemed to be what all the cool people were doing. The people I talked to online would be up into the wee hours of the night, so I figured I should be one of those people too. I ignored the fact that I felt awful every morning, shrugging it off as a part of the night owl complex. As it turns out, I was so miserable in the morning because I was a closet morning person.

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Going Analog

Going Analog

Alright, so you have to shave so you don’t scare children on the street. You want to have coffee in the morning so… well, so children on the street don’t scare you. You want to listen to music to relax on the weekends or evenings, and you need to work out because health is paramount.

So now you have a razor. Maybe you got it from Dollar Shave Club, I hear they’re the new hotness. Or maybe you have the Gillette ColdFusion  Supreme™, or maybe you have some torture-device looking metal contraption with 2 motors and a “clean” function on the base that it docks into to charge every day. You walk over to your coffee maker with 8 buttons, a dial, and stunningly, a digital analog clock. It has a replaceable charcoal filter and makes a solid 12 cup pot.

Now you have a subscription to Spotify. You have your Sonos speaker system and your phone with the LTE plan so you can stream from the cloud. You have a wireless receiver in your speakers so you can cast music from anywhere. Amazing! Now you can take your music and go to the gym with that premium membership. You can hop on the exercise machine that moves every which way and get to working up a sweat.

This was me until the past year or so.

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