It’s Not About The Brand

Recommended that you start with essay: Wearing Responsibility I have been asked to share which brands of clothing I wear and would recommend a person purchase. So if you want to know the brands I wear, go ahead and skip the next section. But please know that the brand is not what is important to me. … Continue reading It’s Not About The Brand

Before Buying.

Before purchasing any new item, I ask myself a series of questions and practice limitations to ensure I do not purchase anything I do not need. If by the end of this you think “holy golden calf, this all seems ridiculous” you might be correct. However, there might be some aspects of my thought process … Continue reading Before Buying.

Spirituality of Spending

Everything is spiritual, even our spending. What we buy, how we buy it, when we buy it, how impulsively we buy it all pertains to our spiritual life.  A person made the thing, grew the thing, sewed the thing, transported the thing everything we purchase is not limited to the store. I have come to … Continue reading Spirituality of Spending

Breaking Rules

Temptations to break rules we set for ourselves are all around us. Regardless of what the rule might be, temptations come as spam in our emails, well curated advertisements in our social media feed and at the check-out line. I really enjoy well made clothing from companies I believe in, and yesterday I found myself … Continue reading Breaking Rules

Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

"Joy is the happiness that is not dependent on what happens." - David Steindl-Rast We seek happiness as if it is lost. We try to find it in our jobs, the things we buy, what we own, or even people. When we are not careful, our happiness becomes dependent on material objects or the presence of … Continue reading Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

The Power of Single Tasking

How focused are you at this moment? Are you readings this essay, or skimming through it while doing something else? Are you looking up periodically to see if the light has turned green? Should you be paying attention to a lecture or the person speaking in an important meeting? Are you reading this while using … Continue reading The Power of Single Tasking

When your partner is not a minimalist.

When I first began to simplify my life, I struggled with accepting that my wife was not interested. My approach was a bit narrow, and yet I expected the person I fell in love with to change based on decisions I was making. I grew frustrated when I had removed about 75 percent of things … Continue reading When your partner is not a minimalist.