• How to Cultivate an Eternal Perspective on Stuff

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    Stuff is tricky. It sneaks into your home and car and (cough) Amazon cart seemingly undetected. Then before you know it, you're the not-so-proud owner of a pile of junk which you know you probably don't need. Yet now that you own it you value it (hello, Endowment Effect!). When dealing with a topic as difficult as ...

  • Abundance in Minimalism

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    At first glance the concepts of minimalism and abundance seem opposite. Contradictory. Mutually exclusive. A discussion about an olive tree revealed to me how abundance and minimalism are actually connected—partners, even—in the forming of a truly meaningful life. Minimalism is the gateway to abundance of the most important sort. Let me back up a minute. Lately ...

  • Why it Takes Courage to Intentionally Live Small

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    Last December I visited the dentist. The dental hygienist was making conversation and casually asked me if I had my Christmas shopping done. It was, of course, a harmless question that I'm sure she asked every patient in December, but I found my mind racing. Suddenly the lamp above my head felt like an interrogation light. What ...

  • 5 Ways To Simplify Your Life And Kiss Stress Goodbye

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    Hello Smallish friends! I'm super excited to "hand the mic" over to Mark and Laura Tong today. Mark and Laura run a great website called EnjoyLifeSlowly in which they care about all things intentional: destressing, minimalism, slowing down, living healthfully, and more. They are on the front lines of pushing the minimalist lifestyle forward by ...

  • Simple Living Interview with Enjoy Life Slowly

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    Hello friends! I hope you are doing well. Sometimes I try to picture the readers of Smallish and wonder what your lives look like this week, what your highs and lows are, and what intentionally living small means to you. Right now I'm saying a little prayer for each of you. Just because. Anyways. Earlier this week I ...

  • What Minimalism Looks Like For Our Family

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    Minimalism is a parallel topic that is important to us but that hasn't been addressed directly on Smallish much. My hesitancy to officially claim the term "minimalist" is mostly due to a ridiculous anxiety that we're not quite minimalists yet. I worry that if the Minimalism Police stepped through our door they'd slap us with ...