Intentionalist, Not Minimalist

Intentionalist, Not Minimalist

Minimalism, as a concept and term, inspires much debate. Minimalism was popularized, in large part, by Leo Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits. I love Leo’s work, and have embraced many principles of minimalism, but I’ve grown weary of the term. Minimalism has...
Happiness or Fulfillment?

Happiness or Fulfillment?

What do you desire? When I ask my friends this question, almost everyone responds with a variant of, “I just want to be happy.” When I inquire further as to what happiness looks like for them, the responses are all over the map. It’s clear...
Underachieving: A Celebration of Being

Underachieving: A Celebration of Being

Everywhere I look (on the interwebs) everyone seem so damn motivated. Why is everyone so busy? Maybe it’s just the virtual circles I travel in: online entrepreneurs, writers, coaches, digital program and product creators, and the like—they seem so driven....
The Psychic Weight of Stuff

The Psychic Weight of Stuff

One Sunday morning, much too early to be in public, I participated in a yard sale with my friends. Since I keep Amvets on speed dial I didn’t have much to sell; I purge my possessions every chance I get. But, I joined in to support my friends who had worked hard to...
Life Will Break You (But You’ll be Okay)

Life Will Break You (But You’ll be Okay)

You will wake, eyes swollen, heart achy, with a thrum-thrum-throb in your head. Waking will be a surprise. You will be sure that you’ll never wake from this—this heart-distress, this life mess, this state of unanswered grief. But awaken you will. You’ll cry. You...
Defining Success Your Own Damn Way

Defining Success Your Own Damn Way

Allow me to admit something that is disparaged by our go-go culture: I am not ambitious. I don’t want to hustle, crush it (sorry Gary), or make six figures in 3 easy steps (as if!). No, the traditional markers and drivers of ambition and success elude me—by...