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October 2015

Why $100 Left Me Speechless

October 30, 2015


Hello, hello friends. I’m sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been travelling since the middle of the month, and finally got to spend a few days at home this week. I tried to sit down and write this post multiple times, but couldn’t find the right words or analogies to express what’s been on my mind… when that happens, I know it’s time to stop trying to be perfect and just get it all out.

Last Friday, I took the ferry over to the mainland so I could spend a few days with friends in Greater Vancouver. Sarah and I went for a hike in Port Moody, Krystal and I went to a PechaKucha event, and a big group of us went to the Florence + the Machine concert. The weekend was filled with good food, great conversations and so much laughter, but I felt distracted the entire time.

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Why I Focus on Simplicity (and How You Can Simplify Your Life in 2016)

October 21, 2015


I just got home from a 5-day trip to Toronto, where I attended the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. It was my third time attending the conference and my first time speaking at it, and it felt great to be in a room with so many friends again. I like going to FinCon in the U.S. every year, but that conference keeps getting bigger and crazier. This year, with more than 900 attendees, I truly felt like it had lost its community feel; fortunately, the Canadian conference has maintained it.

With just 125 of us in one room, the conversations were longer, went deeper and were more authentic. We shared successes, discussed plans for the future and politely offered to help each other wherever possible (as Canadians do). Still, I occasionally feel as though my blog doesn’t quite fit into the personal finance niche anymore, since I’ve embraced minimalism and found so much joy in a life with less. A few people actually asked me why I’ve decided to focus on these topics, and the answer is easy:

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In Defense of Doing Nothing

October 12, 2015


This is a guest post by my friend Nathan Atkinson, and a wonderful reminder on this holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends!

Mr. Magorium: 37 seconds.
Molly Mahoney: Great. Well done. Now we wait.
Mr. Magorium: No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.

This quote from Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium seems idealistic in a world where being busy is worn as a badge of honor. Do a quick search for “productivity” on Google, and you will likely find thousands – if not millions – of articles, books, methods, apps, programs, and entire websites devoted to the topic. There is no shortage of advice about getting more done. From the GTD (Getting Things Done) productivity system to the Bullet Journal to the thousands of to-do list apps in app stores, there are many systems designed to help you do more in 24 hours.

I’ve tried my fair share of productivity hacks, systems, plans and apps. What I’ve discovered is that most of these systems don’t stick, and maintaining many of these systems is harder than the tasks that you actually need to get done. Among the endless advice about how to get more done, I’ve found something that helps me focus on what’s truly important.

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