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…

Sustainability

A Story About Water

“Sustainability is the art of living well within ecological limits.” More and more people are becoming aware of their daily footprint on this planet. But how often do we think about our water footprint? We’re pretty lucky here, especially in Canada, to have access to a relative abundance of fresh water. However, as more and more…

Happiness, Mindfulness

Happy for No Reason

I’ve been reading a lot of books on the idea of happiness. And yet, yesterday I thought to myself: after all these books I’m still not really sure how I’d define happiness. What does it mean to be happy exactly? Strangely enough, soon after asking myself that question, I read a definition of happiness by Marci…

Happiness, Self Improvement

Passion can be People

Today, let’s talk about passion. Say you have a “passion” for baking, so you take out a big loan and you open a bakery. Now two things can happen: Outcome #1. You are overjoyed at being given the opportunity to bake all the time and waking up at 5:30 am every day is no problem….

DIY, Finance

How to Make a Free Custom Wedding Registry

My wife and I got married last year, and one issue that came up which I struggled with was the wedding registry. As my (then) fiancé and were hoping to avoid a large mass of items that we don’t really need at this point in our lives, I decided to make a website that allowed…

Design

Form Follows Function

“Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law.” – Louis Sullivan, American Architect Form follows function. It’s a…