This is where I will share my journey into a more contemplative life. Most of the ideas I share are not new and much of what I say has come from the very few years of experience I have in life, my education and the instruction of great mentors.
If you are new to the concept of simplicity, monasticism, minimalism I have to say that you are far from alone. This blog was started after I spent the first 5 years of my 20’s chasing the American Dream only to discover that the un-American dream of simplicity, contribution and deliberate living was far more fulfilling.
Have a couple of questions about what all of that means? Start Here:
Are you having trouble getting rid of your stuff and simplifying your life? You can start by reading these essays.
- I started with my closet
- Where did my shirt come from?
- Simplicity and Generosity
- Glowing Rectangles
- When your partner is not a minimalist.
Some thoughts I have on wearing clothing that is sourced, produced and sold ethically.
Lack of budgeting and setting financial limitations was one of my greatest downfalls. Read a couple essays on how I kicked the habit of impulse buying and learned how to be disciplined with a budget.
- Killing the Impulse: Breaking the habit of impulse buying
- $20. 30 Days.
- Your joy is not dependent on happiness.
- Spirituality of Spending
Letting go is one of the things I hear people struggle with the most in terms of simplifying their lives. It was not easy, but learning to let go of the frivolous to make room for the essential was a game changer.
Building habits, routines and sticking to what you start is difficult. Starting with the few steps below might help you get the momentum you need.
- Every Morning
- The Power of Single Tasking
- Breaking Rules
- Endless Tomorrows
- Why I Hand Grind My Coffee
- Falling short isn’t falling off.
Sometimes I just write random things as they come to mind. At times they take the form of prayers, other times they shape into well thought ramblings. I’ll let you be the judge.
- The Way It Is
- Life Without Music
- Don’t forget, You’re Going to Die.
- Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”
Do you want to become a better person? Are you having difficulty at work? Are you dealing with an unruly amount of stress in your life? Are you not satisfied with the choices you are making? Be encouraged and know that you already have made the first step in living a more contemplative life. Take a look at some of the practices that helped me see the goodness that already exists within us all.