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September 2015

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

September 21, 2015


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


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


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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