All in Things

Minimalism Starts With the Word "No"

I needed those newspapers because “there’s coupons in there!” I needed that vase, those shoes, that coin purse full of pennies. Why? Because one day in the not so distant future when some poor soul knocks on my door and asks me for a Kohl’s coupon, a dusty old vase, platform sandals circa 2004 and three cents from 1943, I’ll be their savior. And then, all the haters will get it. But, of course, that day never came and my life became, not full, but crowded. 

My Lifestyle is Not a Label

Some days, the idea of minimalism feels like a freeing game, the rush of decluttering reminiscent of all the highs I used to love—chocolate, Bulleit rye, vicodin.  Other days, I wonder if minimalism is just another status, box to check, and goal to achieve to finally obtain optimal living

Is the want for happiness driving us to fit our lives into any trend that promises betterment?

A lot of articles and podcasts talk about the struggles of living with less.  People don't understand your aversion to consumerism.  Sometimes the urge to resist buying is too great.  It takes work to maintain the minimalist lifestyle.  Nothing is easy.

All Ears: Podcast That Create Space

On my weekly drives to the IV clinic, binging podcasts keeps my mind engaged, my energy going, and my body calm.  Podcasts keep my temper tantrums at bay while sitting on the Richmond Bridge at rush hour, or nodding off after a long day.  

If you're looking for the perfect mind/body podcasts, here's the list I can't live without.