Tag: minimalism

Interview With Joshua Becker on Minimalism

The following was first published several years ago, but thought we would combine the two interviews that took place with Charlie and Joshua on minimalism. Enjoy. Last week our church had a speaker come in for a Tuesday night special on “Doubling Your Impact.” I got word from one of our friends that the speaker …

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5 Unique Ways to Live Mortgage Free

Inspired by the British television show, How to Live Mortgage Free I’ve recently been watching on Netflix and our debt-free, thrifty guy, Charlie – I’ve been considering different ways that I could possibly live mortgage-free. And, I’m not necessarily talking about getting a 6-figure job, saving 50% of your income, working 80 hr work weeks and …

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Minimalism – How Owning Less Stuff Will Save You Money

In 2008, I first heard of this crazy concept called “Minimalism“. It was where people were purposely removing unneeded stuff from their lives, because they didn’t want their possessions weighing them down. “Who were these strange people?” From reading Unclutterer.com I’d came upon this way-of-life, which was completely contradictory to everything I’d been taught as an …

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Our Experiment With Minimalism

My wife and I are dabbling in minimalism. Consequently, I will use as few as words as possible for this post. We had too much junk. We got rid of a lot of it. We are happier. You should try it. The end. A 43 word post sounds great to me, but I’ll give you …

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Moving Towards Less But Having More

I was listening to the radio on my way home from work and a reporter was interviewing an IKEA executive who was discussing how we – as a society – have reached “peak stuff“. Meaning, we all have more than we need. I found it funny that an executive at one of the largest retail companies …

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Practicing Sobriety

This past week I stumbled on a link from the Google homepage to the film HUMAN by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The filmmaker spent three years collecting real-life stories from 2,000 women and men in 60 countries. Since I’m a pretty big fan of documentaries and listening to other people’s stories, I found the first volume (there are 3 volumes) …

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3 Ways to Portion-Size Your Finances

Did you know: If you shrunk the size of your dinner plate just 2″, you could lose 18lbs in one year? You may have already heard of the Small Plate Movement started by Dr. Brian Wansink at Cornell University to help promote healthier eating habits. The focal point of the movement is to get people …

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How Much Money Are You Sitting On?

Yesterday I came across an article on MarketWatch talking about how American’s are sitting on about $34 billion worth of old cell phones. iPhone’s alone account for about $9 billion of that sum. So, what’s the deal? Why are so many of us sitting on money we could be saving or using for other purposes? …

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Into the Wild – A Glimpse into Extreme Minimalism

Have you ever seen the movie, “Into the Wild”? I first saw this movie in 2007, and was blown away by Christopher McCandless abandonment of societal things. Possessions that tied him down, which he was willing to give up like no one else. I was captivated by this, because I’d never seen anyone willing to …

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