I remember back in 1998 I was invited to my first disco party held at my school. I was ten years old, and like most kids at that age, all I cared about was making an impression on my peers.
So with that motivation, my mother took me out shopping to find some nice clothes for the party. Buying the outfit for the party was the specific goal of this shopping trip. At least so I thought…
We visited malls, second-hand shops, boutiques. You name it. We went there.
She made me try on dozens of jeans and short-sleeve shirts that day, asking for the opinions of the retail assistants along the way.
I thought we found a winner, but it wasn’t enough for my mother.
You see, my mother is an excellent shopper. She knows all the shops in town, she knows all of the assistants and most importantly, she knows how to find a lower price.
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Michael has been talking about quitting social media for years. Every few months the conversation would come up, and he would probe as to why I’m not prepared to quit it.
It’s very common in the minimalist community to quit social media. Many pride themselves on quitting social media or having a detox because they don’t want to be chained to their addiction, or comparing themselves to others, or passively consuming content without any real purpose.
Living with intention and eliminating things that stop you from doing so is what minimalism means to us. Social media can be a strong culprit for wasting time and procrastinating. I do admit that I have had many moments of just scrolling through the feed and aimlessly looking at things, however, I’m not afraid to say that I don’t plan to quit social media.
Yes, there are many reasons to quit social media and free yourself from the world’s biggest procrastinating tool. However, what if you used it in the right way and got value out of it instead?
I’ve always hidden behind the fact that we had businesses that benefit from being on these platforms and that it would be crazy to quit social media just for the sake of it. / Read More »
Let’s talk about design, specifically white space.
A simple online search defines design as “a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other objects before it is made.”
In the context of this post, I’ll be focusing on graphic design and how it relates to life design (more on that later).
Design style varies greatly depending on what you’re trying to achieve. However, the kind of design that gets me excited is designed with lots of intentional white space. / Read More »
Veganism isn’t a switch. It’s a series of choices you make for them to eventually become part of your subconscious. It’s a lifestyle rather than just a habit.
So why do people struggle to stay vegan? Well, there’s more than one answer to this question.
For some people, it happens instantly, but as we have learned over the years, that seems to be the minority. As some of you may know, this is how we became vegan.
But today I wanted to discuss why people take longer to transition and what may be holding them back from making the full leap.
Before I get into it, I want to note that I’m not judging others for their journey. I’m just hoping to help you relate with some of the reasons that may be holding you back. I completely appreciate that everyone’s situation is different and that any progress is progress in the right direction. Let’s all celebrate it.
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Clutter has crept back into your life, and you’re disappointed in yourself for letting it happen.
We’ve certainly felt this way recently, which we wrote about here. We overcommitted ourselves with running two websites while maintaining our day jobs.
As a result, we decided to shut down our online store so we could refocus on The Minimalist Vegan. Closing down wasn’t an easy decision, but one we felt was worth doing to get back to simplicity.
To help you get out of your clutter-rut, it’s important to understand what constitutes being a minimalist.
Fortunately, minimalism is non-exclusive. Therefore there’s no specific standard. / Read More »