I’m a sucker for a minimalist on a journey. Anyone who can walk away from a job that makes them unhappy, start a business with pretty much nothing, or pursue their art all with a creative strategy like minimalism is completely dazzling to me. While I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I embrace minimalist sensibilities, a desire to live with less and simplify. Living with less is subjective.
Some would think my carriage house in Brooklyn, NY is too small. Others way too big. For me, it’s perfect for what we want, and I don’t feel the need to fill every square inch with stuff. I’m comfortable with what I have and enjoy a lean aesthetic. However, I spent the first half of my tenure in New York with little more than a bed, dresser, love seat, and clothes and was quite happy with what I owned.
Everything else I used was generally a roommate’s or came as a free hand-me-down. It was enormously convenient when moving around apartments, spending less time on cleaning, and having more money at my disposal for travel and the things that actually mattered to me.
I read the other night an interview with Angelina Jolie and something she said rang a chord with me. When asked about her polarizing persona, she said “I think anybody that makes a decision about where they stand is going to cause strong opinions about them.
But I think that’s what you should be hoping for in life, so I take that as a very good sign. That some people support me and some people really don’t like me tells me that I’m making decisions and I’m standing strong for something I believe in.
I’m making choices in life. And that’s the right thing to do.”
Maybe to some standing up for what you believe in without fear of judgment or possible repercussions is not an earth shattering thing. But to me it is. It’s like the climbing of Mount Everest of personality traits…so big, so hard, so unattainable. It’s also so beautiful.
I love people that are not afraid of taking a stand and saying what they believe in, especially if they know that their opinion will be unpopular. Angie (yah, we’re close like that!) is the extreme of this trait. She’s not only NOT afraid; she relishes it and counts it as proof of her success.
“Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come most alive, and do that. Because what the world needs, is more people who have come alive.” -Thomas Merton
Connecting to what makes you you is so important, if not the most important thing, in living a healthy, happy life.
Right before I decided to change my diet, I felt completely disconnected with myself. I lost most of what was me and felt totally off balance. I didn’t really know why, or how to fix it but I inherently knew something was off and was miserable with the cycle of the everyday.
All free time outside of work was spent eating, drinking, or on the couch watching TV. Lost, I turned to food to find my balance. This was keeping me even more bogged down and was ultimately the cause and relief of all my problems. I knew that I needed to find myself again, reignite my abandoned passions and discover new ones.
So one would think I went to the doctor today because I have been sick (still fighting this cold/cough D bestowed upon me). Logical guess but sadly you’d be wrong. Today was my all-too-regular visit with my allergist.
To back up: all through life I sniffled. I used to joke that I had a cold year-round. It wasn’t until grad school when a friend of mine said, “Are you sure you don’t have allergies?” I’ll be honest, the thought had NEVER crossed my mind. And why would it. No one else in my family has allergies.
But once it was there, I decided I had to get it checked out. So I scheduled an appointment with an ENT (I cannot remember if that was recommended to me or if I just didn’t know that there was such a thing as an allergist).
I remember that I was 5 minutes late to the ENT and that there was a LONG line at reception. Of course, being a new patient, I then had to fill out tons of paperwork. When I finally got called back it was 30 minutes past my appointment time.
In many a yoga class I’ve heard it. “Play your edge.” What does this mean?
To play your edge means to always teeter on the brink of your comfort zone. I think of this like a circle. In the middle you’re warm, cozy, safe, not doing anything too risky (or fun). Step out a little further…and a little further and you’re at that painted yellow line.
You’re still safe behind that yellow line, but not quite as comfy as the middle. Go past the line, maybe stick your toes off the edge of the circle.
Here is where you kind of freak out a little, you’re not feeling safe, but you are doing something worthwhile. Eventually, the circle grows past your toes and there you are, ready to step out a little more, lesson in hand.
Recall visits to a museum, an art gallery, a national park, or a historical site when you have been escorted through a guided tour. A guided tour presents a visitor with a knowledgeable introduction to what is being viewed.
The tour helps you focus on what is interesting or important, offers you insight into the exhibit or experience that helps you appreciate it more, and provides a framework for understanding what you encounter.
In contrast, unless you are already quite knowledgeable, you will probably miss some significant elements of the experience if you wander about by yourself.
This is also true of students struggling to make sense of textbook readings in their classes. A “chapter tour” can provide them with enough direction and background so they can learn what’s important in their reading.
A Chapter Tour is a form of study guide that “talks” the reader through a chapter, and points out elements of the text that warrant special attention. Using a Chapter Tour activity involves the following steps:
I have been doing a series on the secrets to improving your confidence. This fourth article reveals the secret of speaking up.
As someone is considering working from home as one of the ways to earn extra money confidence is key. The level of your success is directly tied to your level of confidence. People naturally want to follow confident people.
In a legitimate home Internet business, you will receive training on many aspects of marketing in theory. However, there will come a time when you will have to speak to someone who wishes to join you in your business.
Most people have a level of discomfort when talking to someone interested in joining their business opportunity. This is perfectly natural. The situation is similar to attending a meeting in a ‘job’ or say a conference. The Chairperson or Speaker finishes and asks if there are any questions? In a lot of cases, there are none.
Bring out the Charles Darwin in you – today! This isn’t the most timely post but if you give a shit about nature, which ultimately means you give a shit about yourself, you will find this very interesting.
UNC professor Pat Davison unveiled his latest multimedia project today called “Living Galapagos.” Coined as the “first in-depth multimedia project to examine the impact of humans in the Galapagos Islands,” this Flash-based project is definitely a sight to see. Davison traveled with 21 students and four coaches to document the stories, people, places and facts of the islands.
Quite frankly, Hans Wellman M.Ed. has got a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to use it. The Good Grades Guide had me laughing on the first page and that kept me turning the pages.
Wellman has packed the Good Grades Guide will solid, scientifically backed information that students and teachers can apply that night for more successful studying.
The Good Grades Guide helps students discover how they learn best and the most effective study strategies specifically for them. Wellman also explains how your brain retains information and gives specific tips on how to study.
In the Good Grades Guide Wellman covers all of the ground students need to become more successful and achieve the goals they set for themselves.
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” – Henry David Thoreau
I’m feeling the need to simplify my life. Most of my problems are due to one thing: clutter. Too many responsibilities, too many thoughts and most important of them all, too much STUFF.
Not all of this is bad, of course. Most “responsibilities” are fun and what I love to do, my mind is full of ideas (unorganized as they are) and aspirations, and my space has a lot of things that I love and are necessary. I’m sure things are similar for you.
As I’m on a never-ending mission to create peace in my mind by reducing the useless and self-limiting mind chatter, I’ve decided to focus on the physical. Is there anything in your life that weighs you down? Stresses you out? Or causes way too much anxiety?
I know I can think of a thing or two or hundred. This is why I’m going to start on a journey of eliminating a TBD amount of stuff from my life. I’d like to share it here because this is inherently and intrinsically tied to my happiness and my capability to follow my dreams. That is true health right there and you all know how I feel about that! Anyone want to join in?!