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How to backtrack after chasing the American Dream

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

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Is this Happiness or Pleasure?

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?

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Minimalist Gifts for Your Love Language

There are five love languages and it's not hard to figure out which one you are by taking a simple test. The five languages are Acts of Service, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, and Receiving Gifts.  It can be difficult to know someone else's love language and give them a gift that truly speaks to them unless you… Continue reading Minimalist Gifts for Your Love Language

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How Living in Italy Changed my Idea of Minimalism

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

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Why I Don’t Rotate Toys

As parents, we have lofty goals of giving our kids the best of everything. Most times, this equates to a complete excess of everything! In truth, it's unhealthy for kids to have 200+ toys, even if they are the best quality. If you haven't read the book Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne, then rent… Continue reading Why I Don’t Rotate Toys