Turn the Other Cheek or Fight Back?

NOTE: I started writing this post back in May. I was too frustrated to think clearly or come up with a solution. Now that the problem has been resolved, I can provide the insight of hindsight.   I'd like to start a discussion: When someone wrongs you, how do you resolve the situation peacefully without poisoning … Continue reading Turn the Other Cheek or Fight Back?

Finding Peace in a Hectic Life

  Just as at the eye of the hurricane there is stillness, so in the midst of confusion or distress there is an inner place of stillness, the secret place of the Most High. - Martha Smock The last year of my life was very hectic.  I went from being unemployed to serving as an … Continue reading Finding Peace in a Hectic Life

Changing Your Relationship with Stuff, through Language?

As a writer, words are very important. As you find out when learning a new language, certain words have nuances and connotations that you can only learn with time, practice and exposure to the new language. But we don't always pay attention to the words we use in our own language. Taking a slight detour … Continue reading Changing Your Relationship with Stuff, through Language?

Three Ways to Live the Life You Want When You’re Broke & Unemployed

One potential problem of the long-term unemployed is that we face this dilemma: Every day we have so much time that we truly could do anything we wanted, but at the same time, we are burdened with our "shoulds." We should be working, we should be looking for jobs, should be updating the resume, should … Continue reading Three Ways to Live the Life You Want When You’re Broke & Unemployed

Living with a Packrat: How I Make it Work

We just moved from a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment to a 400 square foot studio on a college campus. Nonetheless, for an aspiring minimalist who wishes to live simply, without the burden of stuff (or rent), this is an absolute dream come true. That's not to say it's not without its challenges. My adorable little … Continue reading Living with a Packrat: How I Make it Work

New Beginnings: How to follow through on resolutions 12 days into the New Year

It's been a long time since I've written. I experienced a number of extremely difficult challenges in the early to mid-part of last year. And while none of those challenges actually precluded me from writing, by way of time consumption, I didn't write here. I didn't focus on creating the deliberate slow-paced, self-designed lifestyle that … Continue reading New Beginnings: How to follow through on resolutions 12 days into the New Year

Get Rid of Stress/Anger/Frustration, and Find Inner Peace

I've been going about this slow-paced lifestyle all wrong: trying to ease the stressors of everyday life by trying to organize the outside factors in my life. I'm not saying that doesn't help, but it certainly doesn't solve everything.  I've had an epiphany just now and realized that it doesn't matter how empty my house … Continue reading Get Rid of Stress/Anger/Frustration, and Find Inner Peace