There are many wonderful people pursuing and promoting simplicity. Fortunately, some of them are gifted in communication and choose to encourage and inspire us with their words. I enjoy reading their unique perspective. I’m sure you will too.
So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea on this beautiful weekend. Find a quiet moment. And enjoy some encouraging words about finding more simplicity in your life today.
The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000 | Forbes by Laura Shin. “I learned that there is an alternative to being a consumer.”
America’s Donald Trump Complex: We’re Addicted to Consumption | Salon by Joe Todd. Americans have been conditioned to believe we need to spend to live, a culturally and ecologically destructive lie.
A Culture of Envy | Lemire by Daniel Lemire. In a wealthy society, envy quickly becomes the driving force.
Living Simply in a Dumpster | The Atlantic by James Hamblin. While I may never choose to live in a 36-square-foot dumpster, I admire the intentionality of this Huston-Tillotson University professor.
Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent | The New York Times by Nick Bilton. While some tech parents assign limits based on time, others are much stricter about what their children are allowed to do with screens.
priest's wife @byzcathwife says
do you ever do podcasts for your blog? I listened to the one you did with art of simple- and I love to clean and declutter to podcasts…
Ha! I do the same thing!
Great selection of reading thank you. I especially liked the dumpster home and the buy nothing year.
“I learned that there is an alternative to being a consumer.”
I like that! :)
Jill D says
Re: Living Simply in a Dumpster. This is a fascinating variation on “decluttering” or “downsizing.” Instead of subtracting one thing at a time from too much, he’s starting with too little (i.e., essentially nothing!), and adding things one at a time. I think Ryan at The Minimalists did something like this, packing everything up and unpacking one thing at a time as he discovered he needed (really needed) it. Very thought-provoking.
LL in Prescott says
The ads in those articles were way too obnoxiously bright and blinking for a Saturday morning read! Makes me appreciate the serene and simple look of your blog yet again!
JF Moreau says
Thanks! I really enjoyed reading “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent”. Our daughter (4) and son (1.5) never use our computer and really use our phones – if so, only when they are with us. They’re happy playing with toys that are sometimes as old as I am ;-). As for my wife and I, we still need some practice not to use our phones too much.
Thank you for the article on relationships. That is beautiful.