I occasionally lament my Master's degree, since I went into massive debt to get it and then promptly left my field of study. What I do value from my graduate education is a handful of friends. There are people in my life who wouldn't be there if it wasn't for graduate school, and I am … Continue reading Wealth and riches
Two important points to make at the top of the post: Forgiveness is like decluttering for your soul. This is my last post centered around my divorce/marriage, I promise. I have been talking about my divorce a lot lately, and I'm sorry for being a broken record. This is the last one with a divorce … Continue reading Forgiving myself and moving on
I'm not talking about food labels. I'm talking about people labels. Life's little hashtags that allow people to put us into boxes in their organized waffle-brains. I'm going to discuss a few areas of life in which those of us out of the mainstream are viewed as weird, strange, or abnormal. Food habits: I am … Continue reading What’s in a label?
We live in age where knowledge about nearly everything is at our fingertips. We are plugged in and constantly connected, and "I don't know how" is no longer a valid excuse for anything. If you can type it into Google, you can learn it. I recently made myself a degree from the University of Google … Continue reading Stop pinning, start doing
Photo credit: Photosjhoot.com Everyone you meet is experiencing their own struggles. I remind myself of this when I am quick to judge someone. It doesn't always prevent me from being judgmental but it helps a lot, because I realize that, despite all our differences, we are all struggling with something. We are all on a … Continue reading The risk it takes to blossom
Ross Douthat, a New York Times columnist, published a piece earlier this month stating that our decreased birth rates are a serious issue. He mentions the current economic recession, the housing bust, decreased fertility rates among immigrant populations, and a cultural shift placing less importance on children as part of a successful marriage as factors … Continue reading Do we need to have more babies?
This is a request from the Suggestion Box. Feel free to suggest a topic you would like me to write about if you are interested in seeing something appear on the Born Again Minimalist blog! What exactly is a minimalist, and how does minimalism differ from simple living, or any other term? Basically, we're all doing … Continue reading A minimalist by any other name…
The Minimalists' first book of essays was free for Kindle recently and I downloaded it and read the whole thing over a weekend. It's a quick read. Most of the essays contained within are available from their website but the book also features two unpublished ones, which are fantastic. The stories of these two guys … Continue reading On quitting
This post is inspired by a recent post on Miss Minimalist. In her post, she describes a baby swing that she purchased because it promised to make her fussy baby nap. Though she is a die-hard "minsumerist," she wasted no time parting with her money to buy this swing, this promise of peace while her … Continue reading The clutter of broken promises
Do you have a favorite shirt? When you develop your minimalist wardrobe, each piece in your closet earns its place by being comfortable, affordable, flattering, and beautiful. Each piece matters. May my favorite shirt, a brown jersey knit stretch tee with a ruched chest, rest in peace. I noticed it was getting threadbare a couple … Continue reading Materialism is not the enemy