Getting Rid of My Useless, yet Useful Collection of The Chronicles of Narnia

piles of booksI don’t own many things, but I do have a few books on my bookshelf. The books I own serve a purpose; by that I mean that I have either already read them and intend to read them again or have never read the books and intend to read them soon. I know that there are some people who don’t own any physical books and just read off e-readers or tablets, but I prefer books. Call me old-fashioned, but I just enjoy having a real book in my hand and … [Read More]

Why You Should Still Keep a Few Sentimental Items

a broken trikeYou might be scratching your head after reading the title of this blog post. You must be asking yourself why a minimalist blogger would want you to keep some of your sentimental items?  I’ll explain later…

First, here is a list of the sentimental or memorable items that I have decided to keep after paring down my possessions a while ago.

  • Two soccer trophies I won when I was little and a soccer jersey (that is not in the picture).

soccer trophies

  • Two signed hockey cards of my favorite hockey player growing
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The Key to Living in the Moment

SunsetLiving in the moment is about having all your attention directed toward the present. To do this, you must be mindful of your actions and your state of mind.  Also, when you live more in the moment, you tend limit mind wandering.

Matt Killingsworth reveals the importance of living in the moment in his TED Talk. The results of a study he conducted suggest that people are substantially less happy while mind-wandering. He tells us that when our minds wander, we often think of unpleasant things. Even when we … [Read More]

I’ll Be Teaching a Class on Minimalism

Wesboro BraineryOn Monday, October 5th, I will be teaching a class about minimalism here in Ottawa. It will be hosted by the Westboro Brainery, a community based organization that offers a variety of short classes on a wide range of topics.

In my class, I will start by giving you a brief history of minimalism. You’ll learn that minimalism is actually quite an old idea. I will then explain the concept of minimalism and elaborate on some of its principles. In the last portion of the class, you’ll receive some … [Read More]

Filling the Void After Simplifying Your Life

a swirlA little while ago, I received an email from a reader who had finished simplifying her life. She seemed to be quite pleased with the changes, but there still seemed to be something that was bothering her. Here is the email that she sent me:

Hi Marco,

I was just thinking in the past couple of days, that I was missing a new post from you. And then this morning there it was in my email! Great thoughts on biking.

One of the things I’ve pondered on recently with minimalism

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