Buy Me a Coffee

As we head into the new year, I want get out of the apartment more often. It’s not a resolution, or even a goal. I certainly wouldn’t classify it as a need. I just miss working in libraries and coffee shops, the way I did back in Albuquerque. They’re quiet, pleasant spaces, generally free from…

Thrive: The End Result of Simplicity and Creativity

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou There’s a difference between activity and productivity. You can fill your days with all sorts of tasks and never achieve anything meaningful. It’s sound and fury, signifying…

Create: Productivity, Opportunity, and Resource Management

“You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.” -William Shatner My wife Katie is an art teacher. I’m both a writer and an entrepreneur. Naturally, we’ve had many conversations about creativity. Where does it come from? Can it be taught? Is there a way to measure it? Everyone understands…

Simplify: Why Minimalism is a Tool, Not a Goal

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” -Confucius The problem with writing about minimalism is that, if you’re being honest, there there isn’t that much to write about. Have less, better quality stuff. Do fewer, more meaningful things. Have a small inner circle of close relationships. Curate your life to include…

Right Livelihood and Minimalism

Reducing our needs and wants grants us greater flexibility, so that we have more control over how we earn a living. A revised version of this essay is collected in the book Eightfold Minimalism: Essays from A Minimalist Abroad, now available from Amazon. There are a lot of interpretations regarding what constitutes Right Livelihood. Buddhist…