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…

Skills

The Critical Importance of Critical Thinking

Lately in class we’ve been doing a bit of critical thinking. Our professor asked us: “in the new student union building, should they put hand dryers or paper towel dispensers in the bathroom?” Seeing as I was in the clean energy program after all, my choice was obviously hand dryers! He then said, “well sure,…

Finance, Food and Recipes, Independence

Does Money = Wealth?

What does it mean to be wealthy? The word wealth instantly conjures the thought of a big bank account and a ballin’ penthouse with fancy leather furniture. This is the immediate response simply because we’ve grown up thinking money can essentially buy you whatever you could possibly need. But can it actually? My theory is true wealth…

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…

Happiness, Mindfulness

A Lesson From Siddhartha

I’d like to share my favorite quote from the novel Siddhartha, by Hermanne Hesse. But first to give some background of the situation in the story, Siddhartha and his friend Govinda are living in the time of Buddha. Govinda follows closely the teachings of Buddha and is seeking enlightenment. Siddhartha however goes out on his own,…

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