Taking a Hiatus – See You in July

This one’s simple: Right now I need to focus on the transition to new studio space and growing the business. At the same time, I need to be sure I’m managing my physical and mental health. During times of stress I tend to not eat or sleep well. My cognitive issues get worse, which quickly turns into a downward spiral as that only increases my stress. So I’m taking a hiatus from blogging, social media, and public-facing personal projects in order to concentrate on the things that are my highest priority right now.

Get rid of what you don’t need, to make more space for the things you do.

There’s one last HUBRIS post coming tomorrow, because it’s already written. There’s one more podcast episode coming next Thursday, because it’s already in the can. After that, silence for a couple of months.

See You in July

Assuming things go according to plan — which includes a wide margin of error for things not going according to plan — things here on this site will resume on 1 July. At the very least, I will touch base and give you an update. I have some tentative plans, but I’m only going to be working on them in the margins, i.e. when I have some genuine free time between other projects, and using that time for more projects won’t be detrimental to my health.

I want to do an actual newsletter-slash-zine. Like, a weekly MailChimp blast with a monthly print zine as a companion piece. I envision these as being of a piece with the weekly podcast, which means all of this will likely be managed via Patreon. The timeline, of course, depends on how quickly we get settled into the new studio space, and how long it takes me to recover from said settling in.

Taking a Hiatus

UNQUALIFIED podcast

UNQUALIFIED Episode 6: More Origin Stories

Hello and welcome to UNQUALIFIED, a podcast about minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. I’m your host, Berin Kinsman, and today in UNQUALIFIED Episode 6 we’re going to talk about my journey toward a minimalist life. More origin stories, as it were. More anecdotes from my past the sped me along the path toward a minimalist life, even when I didn’t realize that was where this journey was taking me. Hopefully this context helps you to understand some of my other rants.

Listen now on Patreon!

UNQUALIFIED Episode 6: More Origin Stories

UNQUALIFIED with Berin Kinsman is a podcast about minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. Not all minimalists are Steve Jobs cosplayers in black shirts, mommy vloggers, or decluttering fetishists. There’s nothing wrong with those niches, but that ain’t me and it’s probably not you, either. I want to tell you about my experiences in living with less, offer up food for thought on why you should consider a minimalist life, and encourage you to be mindful about your relationship to the world around you. New episodes released weekly, blissfully concise at around 10 minutes each.

Berin Kinsman is a writer and simple living minimalist. He currently resides in a shared studio space with his wife, the arts educator Katie Kinsman.

HUBRIS 2 May 2021

This is the Hubris: 2 May 2021 edition. Let’s talk about spending more time unplugged, parasocial relationships, and focusing on having the life we want.

HUBRIS 2 May 2021

This past week I’ve been training for a more unplugged life. We still have internet in the apartment, but I’m consciously trying to limit the amount of time I spend. I write down the things I need to do online, and try to batch tasks once or twice a day. Instead of using streaming services, I download podcasts in the morning and supplement those with music I have on my hard drive. So far it’s been enjoyable. Fewer distractions, more flow states, greater productivity.

Project Updates

Nothing to say here. A lot of things in motion, but nothing final enough to reliably report on. Still working on things, but still not settled into new studio space. There’s probably going to be a fat lot of nothing to say for the next several week, then KABLAM a ton of stuff all at once. Such is life.

UNQUALIFIED Episode 5: Parasocial Relationships

On UNQUALIFIED Episode 5 I talk about parasocial relationships. What they are, why they make my teeth itch, and how we need to be aware of them in the modern world. Now more than ever people need to understand what parasocial relationships are, so we can separate art from artist, not take things personally, and stop defending the monsters among us. Listen now on Patreon!

In Case You Missed It

HUBRIS 2 May 2021

UNQUALIFIED podcast

UNQUALIFIED Episode 5: Parasocial Relationships

Hello and welcome to UNQUALIFIED, a podcast about minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. I’m your host, Berin Kinsman, and today in UNQUALIFIED Episode 5 we’re going to talk about parasocial relationships. What they are, why they make my teeth itch, and how we need to be aware of them in the modern world. Now more than ever people need to understand what parasocial relationships are, so we can separate art from artist, not take things personally, and stop defending the monsters among us.

Listen now on Patreon!

UNQUALIFIED Episode 5: Parasocial Relationships

UNQUALIFIED with Berin Kinsman is a podcast about minimalism, defiance, and inner peace. Not all minimalists are Steve Jobs cosplayers in black shirts, mommy vloggers, or decluttering fetishists. There’s nothing wrong with those niches, but that ain’t me and it’s probably not you, either. I want to tell you about my experiences in living with less, offer up food for thought on why you should consider a minimalist life, and encourage you to be mindful about your relationship to the world around you. New episodes released weekly, blissfully concise at around 10 minutes each.

Berin Kinsman is a writer and simple living minimalist. He currently resides in a shared studio space with his wife, the arts educator Katie Kinsman.

Another One of Those Moods

I’m in another one of those moods. The one where I want to delete all of my social media accounts. Where I take the site down to a single about me/contact form page. Unpublish the Patreon and end the podcast. Put everything that I want to say to the world into books and zines, rather than blog posts, podcasts, or tweets. Put quality over quantity, and focus on being concise about what I put into the world, rather than begging for your attention on a regularly scheduled basis.

This summer, Katie and I really want to make a run at getting rid of the internet at home. To prepare for this, I’ve been spending more time listening to the radio and reading books. No decision about what to stream. No distractions. I’ve been woolgathering about having the daily paper delivered, and subscribing to some magazines. No comments sections, unless you count curated letter columns. 99% news and informed opinion, less than 1% know-nothing commentary from random strangers.

During this period of blissful silence I have experienced a boost in productivity. It’s been easier for me to get into a flow state. I’ve been happy with both the quality and quantity of work that I’ve been getting done. That’s not nothing.

So the question becomes, what do I want? Get rid of the things you don’t need to make more space for the things you do. I want to create things, and put positive messages out into the world. I don’t want to deal with people who can’t think of anything better to do with their time than be actively hateful on the internet.

Another One of Those Moods