Blog Archive

2017

   November
Don’t Get Swindled by the Psychology of Shopping

July
You Don’t Have to: Buy Expensive Gear or a Gym Membership to Be Fit
Hedonistic Sustainability: Why Saving the World Doesn’t Mean Compromise

   June
You Don’t Have to: Grow Up
Beware of the Little Life Costs: They Add Up Like Crazy
To my Fellow Millennials: Can we Really Follow in Our Parents’ Footsteps?

   May
The Comfort and Reassurance that I’m just like Everyone Else
You Don’t Have to: Fill all the Little Life Spaces
Street Fight: Lessons Learned from NYC’s Urban Revolution

   April
The Slow Movement: How to Slow it Down in a Fast-Paced World
It’s Time to Rebrand: Natural Gas Ain’t Natural Anymore
You Don’t Have to: Recycle

   March
You Don’t Have to: Buy a Big Pickup Truck
Auto-tuning Your Mind (not feat. T-Pain)

   February
You Don’t Have to: Travel the World
Why Passive House is the Home of the Future
It’s Time we Talk About the Tough Stuff. Part 1: Climate Change

   January
You Don’t Have to: Read the Comments Section
The Happiness Catch-22: The Best Way to Appreciate Something you Have…is to Not Have it.

2016

   December
I Just Made the Biggest Investment of my Life, and I Have No Idea How it Works
Project Maximum Altruism: A Year of Serious Giving
You Don’t Have to: Buy a Diamond Ring
My Experience Being a Part of the Wealthy Elite

   November
3 Things to Do While Waiting at a Red Light
What I’ve Learned from Tweaking my Perspective
You Don’t Have to: Always be Busy

   October
You Don’t Have to: Please Everyone
The Life Changing Magic of e-Tidying
Saying Thanks to my Backpack
I Must be Getting Old: I’m Addicted to Tidying

   September
There’s an App for That: Great Tools for Effective Meditation
You Don’t Have to: Eat Meat to Get Enough Protein

   July
You Don’t Have to: Escape the 9 to 5
You Don’t Have to: Listen to Experts
You Don’t Have to: Make a Lot of Money

   June
You Don’t Have to: Have a Lawn
Storing Rainwater Without a Tank
You Don’t Have to: Use Commercial Cleaning Products
You Don’t Have to: Shower Every Day

  May
You Don’t Have to: Focus on One Thing
A Letter to Mayors of the World
You Don’t Have to Do Anything
Getting Stuff Done: A Step-Down Method

  April
Noticing Moments of ‘Enough’
Unplanned Resilience: How we Can Plan for Whatever
Why I Think Everyone Should Have to Kill a Chicken

  March
How to Build Momentum with Focus
What Does It Mean to Have a ‘Green’ Home, Really?
How I Waste Absolutely No Food at Home
You Don’t Have to: Buy a House
What I’ve Learned Converting to Mustachianism
The Blended Coffee Revolution
Creating an Energy Efficient, Tiny House Floor Plan

  February
David and Goliath: Treat your Weaknesses as Strengths
My Ongoing Adventures of Creating a Blog
My Experience Moving Weebly to WordPress

  January
Energy Efficient House Framing
Life at Home in the 21st Century
It’s 2016: Time to Design a Laneway House
What is the Perfect House?
What’s Wrong with the Car?

2015

   December
Confident Speaking and Active Listening
The Fine Art of Frugality…Apparel Edition
Can Cities Become Resilient?
The Fine Art of Frugality…Continued

   November
The True Cost of Commuting
4 Ways to be a Little More Frugal
The Daily No-Fail Smoothie Recipe
Happiness, Regardless

   October
Why I Need to Build a Tiny House
How the Vitamix is Saving my Life
12 Tips on Maximizing Foreign Language Learning
Good Health is a Super Power
Innovative Water Strategies: Part 4 – The North Vancouver MEC Building

  September
The Cities and Houses of the 21st Century

   August 
Innovative Water Strategies: Part 3 – Green Roofs and Bioswales
Innovative Water Strategies: Part 2

   July
Innovative Water Management: A 3-Part Series
The Hierarchy of Problem Solving

  June
Don’t Discount the Past While Waiting for the Future
The Journey Not the Destination
3 Things I’ve Learned from 3 Years Meditation

  May
How to Better Get from A to B
A Mission Statement for Yourself

  April
The Problem With Packaging
Practice Being Present
Better Ways to Measure our Country’s Happiness

  March
Think of the Possibilities!
The Oil Sands – Before and After
Are We All Hyper Consumers?
The Story of Easter Island
No Impact Man

  February
The Reasons for Going Vegetarian
Buy Nothing Challenge
My Dream to Live in a Tiny House
Go With the Flow
How Much Does it REALLY Cost?

  January
4 Strange and Amazing Alternative House Designs
The 4 Life Priorities I Learned at Summer Camp

2014

  December
What we can Learn from Man’s Best Friend
A Story About Water
Happy for No Reason
Passion can Be People

  November
How to Make a Free Custom Wedding Registry
Form Follows Function: The Beautiful Result of Smart Design
7 Essential Skills I Learned From Dale Carnegie
Profound Quotes from Friends and Family
An Inspiring Short Story about a Mexican Fisherman
Quotes from Steve Pavlina
#3 Prioritize Your Life
Avoiding Judgement

October

Avoid Placing too much Security in Material Wealth
Critical Thinking
Does Money = Wealth?
Conscious Living
Bikes Are Awesome

  September
The Century of the Small
A Lesson from Siddhartha
Transition Towns and Community Living
5 Ways to Take Control of Our Lives

  August
The Theory of Anyway
Mitch Albom: On Living the Good Life
It’s All in Your Head

  July
The Simple Joy of Travelling Light
The Many Benefits of Speed Reading
The First Year of Gardening: Part 2
My First Year of Gardening: What I’ve Learned

June

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