Simplicity

Simple Living – What’s Driving Your Story?

I sat down to write today without really having a topic to fire off on, or indeed feeling like I had anything much to share. That’s often the way with real life too, just turning up is what we are expected to do, day in day out. Here lies Bob – he was consistent. Whoopdee-do. […]

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Simple Living: Real Wealth Goes Wide and Not Just Deep

Financial independence and early retirement are two subjects that are impossible to avoid in the minimalism/frugality/simple living world. In fact you could spend a lot of time reading about this topic, and feel it is the only game in town. What are the other benefits of adopting a simpler, more consumption-conscious lifestyle? More time and […]

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Perspective
Minimalism: An Introvert’s Ticket To Time and Space?

Is there a link between introversion and minimalism? To the extent that being an introvert usually involves minimizing the volume and type of interactions you have with people to conserve energy, it may also naturally lend itself towards a more ‘minimalist’ mindset in general. I’m not that fond of terms like ‘introvert’ or ‘extrovert’ – […]

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Cutting the Cooking & Simplifying the Week’s Food

I’ve been mainly eating raw fresh foods this week. In particular for breakfast and for lunch. I decided to swap out mu usual bowl of breakfast cereal (with sometimes egg) and invariably cooked lunch for something altogether more healthy and no doubt to some, unappealing. My new breakfasts consisted of varying quantities of raw carrots, […]

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The Gospel According to Minimalism – Not to be taken literally

I came across an article entitled ‘The Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism’ on the New York Times Magazine recently. Like the real Gospels, too much preaching will turn the choir, or prevent it being formed in the first instance. As Kyle Chayka (article author) writes: It has become an ostentatious ritual of consumerist self-sacrifice; people who […]

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Moving stuff about
Moving House, Books, and Habits

We are clearing out our house, getting ready to leave it as we prepare to move abroad in a few months. We have kept our stuff while living here to a reasonably small amount. I’m pretty happy with the results so far. Minus clothes, some pots, a few books, and electronics, this is pretty much […]

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Just Live Simple: 6 Tips on How to Do It From a Cool Book
Just Live Simple: 6 Tips on How to Do It From a Cool Book

Just Live Simple (JLS) is a book by James Logan Carey. It gives simple, practical insights and tips into ways life can be simplified, and importantly, avoid complicating it in the first place. It reminded me of the Little Book of Calm, except it is about simplicity. It’s a substantially bigger read than the Little […]

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Burning Fire
Hedonic Adaptation and Value

An interesting thing happens when you give up something you previously engaged with and enjoyed – be that a possession, habit, or convenience. Given a little time, it becomes clear whether you really enjoyed it, or whether it was something that you felt you enjoyed, but may have in fact been down to a kind […]

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Planning
Do Anything You Want, But Not Everything (Young Man)

I read that line somewhere a while ago, and it really struck a chord with me. Not an entirely sad one, but it certainly disconnected me from what I was reading and got me thinking. A few days after my thirty-second birthday, time does seem to be speeding up. 2015 went by in flash. Everyone […]

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Perspective
Towards Simplicity: Finding The First Few Steps

What does it mean to live simply? Like most things these days, there’s a movement for it. There’s a lot more to it though. At least I hope so, otherwise I’ll run out of things to write on this blog pretty soon. The Simplicity Movement is many things to many people. At its core lies […]

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