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 »
To have kids or not? That’s the question Michael and I have been asking ourselves for years. And only now, I feel clear and confident enough to explain why we don’t want kids.
I’ve resisted writing about embracing a child-free lifestyle because I thought I’d be in the minority and people would feel offended by it. This thought turns out to be incorrect.
According to research from the Urban Institute, birth rates among 20-something women declined 15% between 2007 and 2012. Additional data from the Pew Research Center reflects a longer-term trend of women eschewing parenthood as the number of US women who choose to forego motherhood altogether has doubled since 1970. / Read More »
Imagine a world where you felt overwhelmed and suffocated with all that was wrong. Everything you thought to be the truth, was lies. All lies.
As a result, our world becomes a dark place. A place where greed, superiority, and ego corrupt everything.
Doesn’t sound great, does it?
On the flip side, imagine a world where people regardless of their differences, the planet and animals live in peace and harmony together?
To help us better understand the gap between darkness and light, Clare Mann, author, psychologist and animal activist, has coined a new term called vystopia. We had the opportunity to sit down with Clare to discuss her book Vystopia: The anguish of being vegan in a non-vegan world.
In this conversation, we learn a little about Clare’s background before diving into what vystopia is all about. I must admit that after chatting to Clare weeks ago, Masa and I routinely throw the term vystopia around in our personal conversations, and how certain situations make us feel like we’re living in a vystopia.
Enjoy the conversation, and if you have any questions for Clare, please leave them in the comments at the end of this post. / Read More »
Most people nowadays know what a Buddha bowl is, but for those of you that haven’t heard of it before, it’s a bowl of whatever you like! Well, let me break that down for you. Typically you start off with a grain, add some vegetables, some form of protein, and a dressing of your choice. I typically add some seeds, fermented or pickled vegetables, and some sprouts if I have them in the fridge.
Essentially, it’s a colorful bowl of goodness using whatever you have in the kitchen. It’s a great way to use up produce and to have a healthy meal. We’ve been making some variation of Buddha bowls for years in our household and more so since becoming vegan. I wanted to share with you some basics around creating a Buddha bowl, what ingredients I generally use and three combinations of those that frequent our house the most. / Read More »
The idea of wearing the same clothes every day has always been something I’ve been interested in, especially after becoming a minimalist over four years ago.
My day job inspired my ambition for wearing the same clothes every day. At work I wear a uniform. I don’t have to think about what I have to wear, I just need to make sure my clothes are clean, and I’m good to go!
However when I think about applying the same philosophy to my personal attire, I have my reservations, and I’m sure you do too.
That’s why in this post I’m going to take a deep dive into why it is beneficial to wear the same clothes every day as well as looking at the common objections against integrating such a polarising system to your wardrobe.
If implementing a personal uniform is something you’ve been contemplating for a while, but haven’t dared to do it, this is the post for you. I should also mention that this philosophy applies to women as much as it pertains to men.
To build my argument, I think it’s important first to understand why humans wear clothes. / Read More »
A few years ago we posted an insightful Q & A with Joshua Katcher from the Discerning Brute. He shared his views and research on human rights and animal cruelty as it relates to the fashion industry. Since that post, TMV readers were keen to take action and find ethical fashion stores that they could support.
Having awareness of what’s really going on behind the scenes is always a good first step. However, I know when I first discovered the truth, I felt overwhelmed with what to do next. Where do I shop? How can I trust the brands? Do the clothes perform and match my style? What does a sustainable textile look like? / Read More »