HAVE LESS, KNOW MORE ABOUT YOURSELF: HOW MINIMALISM CAN UNCOVER YOUR DEEPEST DESIRES

2019-03-18T18:41:04-04:00March 1st, 2019|Minimalism|

Photo by Stephanie Renee Cluff on Unsplash By Bridget Baker When I was young, I wanted to be a ballerina…and a biologist, a window dresser, a fashion stylist, a newspaper columnist, a movie star, and a world traveler. Anything and everything seemed possible. I had no fears or concerns about how any of these dreams would come true. I was in the place of pure, unadulterated desire for more. I had passion, and I wanted to have it all. As I got older, it became clear that if I chose one dream, I may not be able to choose another. The focus and commitment [...]

The Secret to Living a Minimalist Lifestyle – (Hint: It’s Not Just About the “Stuff”!)

2019-01-28T11:32:00-04:00February 1st, 2019|Minimalism|

Photo by Diana Simumpande on Unsplash By Bridget Baker In the past few years, we’ve become much more aware of our stuff — or, more specifically, the need to get rid of our stuff by decluttering and letting things go. Concepts like only keeping items that “spark joy,” or the notion that all of your physical possessions should “bring value” in your life, may have you in a frenzy of sorting, purging, and donating. You may think that if you could just pare down your belongings enough, then you’d BE enough. Well, what if it were never about the stuff? What if I told [...]

MAKE A BIG LEAP: SHAKE THINGS UP AND FIND OUT WHAT TRULY MATTERS

2018-12-19T18:55:07-04:00January 1st, 2019|Inspirational, Minimalism|

Photo by Bridget Baker of the 24-foot travel trailer that she, her husband, and her little dog Little live in. by Bridget Baker The shiny promise of a new year brings with it the commitments to take action, hopes for a more prosperous year, and fantasies of breaking all of your habits and changing “all of the things.” We get a burst of energy, motivated by how-to and resolution articles, showing us that we can wipe the slate clean of the previous year and start fresh. Two days in, however, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed already. We take on too much [...]

THIS HOLIDAY, GIFT EXPERIENCES, NOT THINGS

2018-11-29T20:03:02-04:00November 28th, 2018|Minimalism|

The true gift lies in what’s behind the “stuff” By Bridget Baker Across much of the world, we view the holiday season as “the most wonderful time of the year,” and a time full of “comfort and joy.” This focus on being “jolly” and “merry and bright” can go from a positive emotion to a feeling of pressure to give more, to celebrate more, and can hit on pains you never knew you had. How could a holiday time that’s supposed to be so “happy” start bringing up feelings of stress, lacking, and frustration? In the true spirit of giving, what [...]

HARVESTING A SIMPLE LIFE: THE BENEFITS OF BEING GRATEFUL

2018-10-26T01:03:06-04:00November 1st, 2018|Minimalism|

by Bridget Baker November is a time of harvest, of abundance, and a time to gather with friends and family to talk about what we’re grateful for. It’s a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors and celebrate what we have. In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to embrace what is, and be fully present in the moment. However, the very next morning — or even the same night —we suddenly become a culture of greed and spending as Black Friday sales advertising asks us to wait in line for “door-buster deals.” How did we stray [...]

What Are You Afraid Of? (Those Monsters Hiding Under Your Bed Might Just Be Dust Bunnies)

2018-09-29T11:08:02-04:00September 29th, 2018|Minimalism|

By Bridget Baker   Goblins, ghouls, and the zombie apocalypse are the stuff of horror movies and haunted houses. Going into your closet and unearthing those skeletons of clutter can be even more frightening. Closets, basements, garages, and even spare bedrooms are where all of the things we've been avoiding get shoved or stored. Even if we have cleverly disguised our clutter skeletons with fancy costumes via neatly-labeled storage bins, it is still the deep, dark recesses of what we have been putting off that lurks in the shadows. With the onset of cold weather and less sunlight in the day than [...]

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