Monthly Archives

February 2016

Are Your Daily Actions Working for You, or Against You?

February 29, 2016

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Hello, friends! As you know, I’m taking a couple weeks off post-surgery. The good news: my friend Anthony is taking over the blog this week. Enjoy this post, say hi to Anthony and I’ll see you next Monday! xo

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” – Ovid

It has only been a few years since my minimalism journey began, but so much has changed since then. After compiling four years of Amazon transactions, I discovered how in small increments of $20 purchases, my impulsive spending was holding me back from the lifestyle I had always wanted. I dreamed of traveling, location flexibility, and spending more time working on passion projects, but my frequent purchases kept me chasing credit card bills at the end of every month.

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Every Vision Board Needs an Action Plan

February 22, 2016

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A couple years ago, I wrote a post in which I made a bold statement, somewhat similar to the one I made about hating Pinterest this week. I said: don’t create a vision board, create an action plan. You could probably pin that one on Pinterest next to quotes like, “don’t dream it, do it” and, “a goal without a deadline is just a dream”. And it’s true. If you want your dreams to come true, you do need to take steps towards it (and deadlines can help). But sometimes, it’s ok to close your eyes and dream. In fact, doing so is one of the things that helps me stay motivated to achieve my goals. Let me explain…

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You Can’t Read, Watch and Do Everything

February 17, 2016

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For the first few years that I was on Twitter, I used the old “favourite” button to save articles that sounded interesting based on the title, but which I didn’t have time to read at that exact moment. Every week or two, I’d click on my favourite tab and skim through the articles, to see which ones still interested me. To my surprise, I removed most of them without ever reading a single word.

The same has also always been true of how I use the bookmarks feature in my web browser. I saved articles that sounded interesting, or which held information on a topic that I knew would be useful in the future. I then created folders upon folders upon folders, and thought I had the most organized collection of links any web browser had ever seen – but I never read them.

To some, this might not seem like a big deal. So what if I saved some articles and then decided not to read them? But as I continue along this journey of embracing minimalism and becoming a more conscious consumer, I’m always reminded of the bigger goal: to remove the non-essentials, so I can make room for what I really want. And the more I thought about my bookmarking habits, I realized the issue wasn’t that I was saving articles I’d probably never read – it was how much time I was wasting scrolling through content to find those articles I’d probably never read.

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