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September 2015

Adventures in Experientialism: Why I Gave Up Buying Things to Travel

September 21, 2015

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This is a guest post by my friend Anthony Ongaro.

It was a dark and stormy February night, or at least a cold Minnesota winter night, if I recall correctly, when it all came together. It had been a long time since I had traveled anywhere. Winters are long here in Minneapolis and it was definitely starting to get to me. Months of below freezing temperatures tend to make a person go stir crazy after a while.

Traveling has always been one of my favorite things to do, but in recent years it just seemed like I could never quite pull it together to go on fun adventures with friends and family. The weird part was that I wasn’t in debt, yet always seemed to have barely enough money at the end of the month. No particular purchases stood out as being expensive or particularly high in amount, so I was struggling to figure out where all the money was going.

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What Consumes Your Mind Controls Your Life (and Finances)

September 14, 2015

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What did you do this weekend? Did you get outside? Go for brunch or dinner? Curl up and read a book or watch a movie? While you were doing that, how many times did you check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest and spend 10-20 minutes mindlessly scrolling through the latest and greatest of what your friends and favourite brands shared? I wish I could say my answer was 0 – or even that I do it just a few times. While I’m good about not looking at my phone when I’m with friends, the opposite can be true when I’m alone – and, in the past, it has cost me a pretty penny.

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Finding the Courage to Live Mindfully

September 7, 2015

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This is a guest post by my dear friend Kali Hawlk. I am so moved by her willingness to open her heart and be vulnerable with this community. <3

I struggled to sit down and write this post, because I wanted to share something with you that I’m still struggling to frame — to frame into a narrative that is powerful and relatable, to frame into a parable that you can use to learn a deep lesson, to frame into an exercise that provides a cathartic release for me.

When Cait reached out to me and asked if I could write a guest post for her wonderful blog, I felt honored by the request, then excited to write about my own experiences with minimalism and mindfulness. But I quickly realized there was really only one story I could share with you today, and I felt scared because I was unsure of how.

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