Monthly Archives: May 2015

Balancing Family and Stress

As you can tell from many of my posts the last couple months, minimizing has helped de-stress and balance our family a little more.  It is and will be a work in progress.  Moving also reduces stress oddly enough.  Sometimes it takes a kick in the butt to do something you really want to do.  We didn’t want to move because it’s expensive and a pain.  The process isn’t awesome, but the end result really is great. Continue reading

Run For Your Life

Stress. It’s insidious how it snakes into your life. The one thing that always gets put on the back burner is exercise. It’s the easiest thing to give up and it’s remarkable how fast such a healthy habit can take the back seat and be nearly forgotten.  Then you wonder where all your stress is coming from, why you’re gaining weight, if you have any friends…… Continue reading

Renovating Life

I love watching home renovation shows. It’s my guilty pleasure.  Rehab Addict, Property Brothers, Love it or List It, House Hunters, Fixer Upper……  When I have a little down time, that’s what I watch.  I refinish furniture which is cathartic for me – to find something beat up and make it beautiful.  I’ve owned homes that have been anything from minor renovations to a 4000 square foot overhaul and I love seeing the potential in homes and furniture. Continue reading

Fitness Apps – Review

At work, I have a desk job. Well, not entirely. I’m out and about in the community quite a bit talking with people, but also at my desk quite a bit. Getting in exercise during my work day (and even weekends) can sometimes seem daunting. Continue reading

Less is More – Minimizing

Letting go of those things at the end of the minimizing journey are the most difficult.  They are the items that still somehow pull at your heart strings, that we feel our own value most in.  The process is nearly painful – it feels as though you’re letting go of a friend.  It’s difficult to keep only the things we “know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris.  The process is about minimizing, not living without.  It’s about streamlining life to spend your time, effort, money on the areas that are most important, having no clutter, unloading stress.   Continue reading