How Your Possessions and Spending Are Killing Your Dreams

If I asked you to list your dreams, what would you answer? Travel to a specific place or places? Start a business? Improve your health? Off-hand, some of mine are complete an ultra-marathon, thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and publish a fantasy novel. Each of mine requires a much greater significance in terms of training, preparation … Read more How Your Possessions and Spending Are Killing Your Dreams

Why You Can’t and Shouldn’t Make Everyone Happy

You have enemies? Good, that means you stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill Minimalism is not something that a person can truly adopt without a significant change to their life. I’ve written about “sustainable minimalism” and how I think the best way to accomplish anything is to follow a pattern … Read more Why You Can’t and Shouldn’t Make Everyone Happy

10 Minimalist Lessons from Jean Jacques-Rousseau

Jean Jacques-Rousseau was a writer and philosopher in the 18th century who was influential to the Romanticism and Enlightenment movements. His politically-charged work The Social Contract, is largely credited for influencing the American and French Revolutions. So what does any of that have to do with minimalism? Romanticism was a reaction to the new values formed … Read more 10 Minimalist Lessons from Jean Jacques-Rousseau

8 Minimalist Lessons from Henry David Thoreau

“Our life is frittered away by detail … simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau’s simple and elegant book Walden was one of the earliest American writings about the glories of simple living and appreciating the natural beauty around us. Thoreau has long been an inspiration to many minimalists, but what exactly can we and should we learn from … Read more 8 Minimalist Lessons from Henry David Thoreau

5 Ways Personal Finance Benefits from Minimalism

I don’t consider myself particularly knowledgeable about personal finance. I keep myself and my wife’s finances simple both out of convenience and necessity. Spend less than we earn, use the rest to grow our wealth. Sounds easy right? Well minimalism helps keep it easy. Here’s how. Effortless frugality. Frugality includes reducing waste, curbing costly habits and … Read more 5 Ways Personal Finance Benefits from Minimalism