Friday, October 18, 2019

The Powerful Practice of Living Without

Living without sounds scary. It sounds like saying goodbye, like sacrifice and pain. Or at least that’s what we think. I quit drinking alcohol for good this year … I stopped forever. Living without coffee this year for almost five months was a great learning experience. Now I drink coffee sometimes but not all the […]

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How To Be Happy: the 10 secrets to happiness

If you are wondering how to be happy, these suggestions might help. They won’t work every single day for every person, but they can lead to feeling happy. Note: happiness doesn’t fix sadness or grief but it can add relief. Healing takes time but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy happy times along the way. […]

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What is Minimalism? maybe it’s not what you think

You might think minimalism has to look a certain way or that it’s stark and cold. Or when you think of minimalism maybe you think you can only own a certain number of items, or that you have to sacrifice what you enjoy. None of those things are true. Minimalism isn’t that complicated. So what […]

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What is Minimalism? maybe it’s not what you think

You might think minimalism has to look a certain way or that it’s stark and cold. Or when you think of minimalism maybe you think you can only own a certain number of items, or that you have to sacrifice what you enjoy. None of those things are true. Minimalism isn’t that complicated. So what […]

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Unplug: 52 Days a Year Without the Internet

I love the internet. I wouldn’t have this blog without the internet. We wouldn’t be connecting on Facebook, Instagram or through email without the internet. I do work I love thanks to the internet. I’ve met some of my closest friends because of the internet. And … I need the internet to go away sometimes. […]

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8 “Normal” Things You Don’t Have to Do Anymore

Being normal is overrated. Sometimes we forget that we don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. We label what everyone else is doing as normal. And we think we should be normal. We think there may be something wrong with us when we aren’t doing the normal things, that we won’t be as […]

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Weekend Favorites: because the best things aren’t things

This is something new that will only be available to people who subscribe to Be More with Less. I usually send out one email a week after a brief welcome series, but lately I’ve been craving more connection. As Be More with Less heads into it’s tenth year, growing each year, I want to make […]

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How to Stop Shopping: 8 ideas to save you time and money

Before you consider how to stop shopping, it will help to understand why you want to stop shopping or to decide if you need to stop shopping at all. A 30-day experiment to help you understand why you shop and if you should stop. Buying things isn’t bad or wrong, but shopping to feel a […]

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The Minimalist Joneses: don’t try to keep up with them either

We all understand the danger of “keeping up with the Joneses” — overspending, overdoing, and over proving ourselves so we can be as happy, successful and loved as our neighbors. It never ends well. But what about the minimalist Jonses? What about keeping up with people who are living simple, beautiful, amazing lives? Is it […]

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Underreact and Your Heart Will Thank You

Have you ever overreacted? Did you ever kind of lose your mind about something that didn’t warrant a total melt down? I have. My overreactions never helped. In fact, they always added fuel to the fire; more drama, stress, confusion and chaos. Not only didn’t they help the things I was reacting to, but my […]

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