Self Improvement, Simplicity

The Hierarchy of Problem Solving

Abraham Maslow nailed it. In 1943, the American psychology professor came up with this pyramid called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Back in the 40’s, psychologists focused their time on figuring out how to fix people’s problems, or in other words, minimize the negatives. Maslow believed more time should rather be spent figuring out how to maximize the…

Happiness, Simplicity

The Journey, Not the Destination

I recently read an amazing book called No Impact Man. It’s about a guy named Colin Beaven who lives in New York City and goes off the grid and lives, well, with no impact. For him and his family it’s no electricity, no subway, trains, plains, local food only…the list goes on. It’s cool to follow along…

Finance, Minimalism, Simplicity

Are We All Hyper-Consumers?

While listening to CBC radio today about China’s growing smog problems, the word ‘hyper-consumerism’ was mentioned when referring to consumer trends in North America and China.The lady said it quickly and matter-of-factly as if it was a commonly known term, but to me the word felt like a slap in the face. Hyper-consumerism!? Whoa, I…

Finance, Minimalism

Buy Nothing Challenge

Buying nothing is kind of forced upon you when you’re a student. Having left my steady paycheck 5 months ago and rejoined the bank-draining world of student life, I’ve begun to revisit old money-saving techniques that I conveniently avoided when I was working full-time. All of a sudden, a new $80 sweater seemed absolutely ludicrous!…

Simplicity, Small Housing

My Dream to Live in a Tiny House

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” -Leo Babauta The obsession started when a friend first showed me Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, a company in the states started by Jay Schafer. Tumbleweed has been a big part of starting what many are calling the tiny house movement, where thousands of people…

Finance, Minimalism

How Much Does It REALLY Cost?

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call ‘life’ which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden I’ve discovered a few fool-proof strategies for myself to reduce my ‘stuff’ buying, and Mr. Thoreau’s quote sums the first one s it up…

Simplicity

How to Prioritize Your Life

“Buy this car to drive to work, drive to work to pay for this car” –Emily Haines of the band Metric I remember some old colleagues who worked crazy hours at the office and had to hire a full-time nanny to take care of the kids. I understand that people are highly dedicated to their…

Minimalism, Simplicity

The Century of the Small

“Perhaps that’s what the 21st century has in store for us. The dismantling of the Big…. big bombs, big dams, big idealogies, big contradictions, big countries, big wars, big heroes, big mistakes. Perhaps it will be the Century of the Small. Perhaps right now, at this very minute, there’s a small god up in heaven…

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