I've always been a minimalist per se. I've enjoyed scaling down to exactly what I need to make my life calmer and more aesthetically pleasing. Then we lived in Vicenza for three years and even had a baby there! Living in Italy was a perfect chance to observe how the quintessential Europeans live versus consumerist… Continue reading How Living in Italy Changed my Idea of Minimalism
Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash Image from "Life in the 21st Century" and LifeEdited.com I think about this heat map image a lot. It shows you where the average family spends the most time in a typical American sized home. Interesting, right? I'm reminded of it every time I walk into a room in my house that is… Continue reading I Need a Smaller House
For all those kids who are 'average'; you are a blessing to your parents! Let me tell you why. It's easy to follow your needs and wants. You fall within the expectations both developmentally and academically and we can easily determine what your milestones should be. You aren't labeled 'gifted' and you aren't labeled 'challenged'. You're… Continue reading The Blessing of Having an ‘Average’ Child
The brainiac preschooler can be hard to tame, keep them busy with worksheets and skill required games.
Photo by freddie marriage on Unsplash What is the best you can do right now? The best I can do right now is work on something small. I have big goals in mind, don't get me wrong, but I can't make it to my big goal if I don't take the small steps required along the way. The… Continue reading Teeny, Tiny Steps
Photo by Bekah Russom on Unsplash Tantrums are an inevitable part of toddlerdom. Americans call it the 'Terrible Twos' or the 'Terrible Threes' if you're really unlucky, but the Danish call it The Boundary Stage". The Danish have their own way of parenting and living slowly in general. I haven't read it all the way… Continue reading 3 Questions I Ask During My Child’s Tantrum
Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Life isn't so simple, I'm not sure it's been simple since the industrial revolution, and today's technologies make it increasingly more difficult to reconnect and slow down within our family. Signs Your Family is Overwhelmed: Mom, Dad, and kids are easy to snap during the simplest tasks. Kids come home and… Continue reading The Overwhelmed Family
Photo Credit: Joe Leap Have you ever wondered why you felt so drained even though you've accomplished something amazing? Maybe you're supposed to feel elated about a career move but then suddenly you're exhausted just thinking about it. If you express those feelings you'll be seen as unhappy and ungrateful. It's okay, there is nothing wrong with… Continue reading Good Change, Bad Change, It’s All the Same
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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash I recently wrote an article on how living in Italy changed my idea of minimalism and it had a lot of wonderful responses and questions. The main question: how can we live like this without actually moving to Europe? Obviously, we can't live exactly like this because we don't… Continue reading How to backtrack after chasing the American Dream
Many people talk about slowing down, getting out of the rat race, retiring to Florida, downsizing, or becoming minimalist, but why? The answer is to be happy but if we don't define happiness we can mistakenly replace it with pleasure and find ourselves in the exact same boat we were in before we slowed down. Giving up commitments… Continue reading Is this Happiness or Pleasure?