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Category Archives: Lessons from Less

Why quitting is perfectly okay.

It’s always the same story for me: I start a project, a class, an idea, or a story. I eagerly rush in, align my pencils, lay out my notebooks, and make delirious plans in my calendar. That first day, ideas and dreams pour out of me. Then four days pass. I waver, tired. My calendarKeep Reading

Packing light: how we traveled for 3 weeks across Europe (and got on stage!) with only small backpacks.

If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s carrying an over-packed wheely suitcase through crowded subways and city streets up four flights of stairs after a long day of traveling. Between being cramped in an overnight flight across the Atlantic, negotiating the limited quarters of overhead bin space, and standing sleepy-eyed at the baggage claim carousel, I’m shakingKeep Reading

Why is moving so hard? The struggle to lighten up, give up, and let go.

“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris. Everything changes. I just emptied an apartment full of furniture, things, stories, and stuff. I carried couches, desks, and pieces of furniture up and down (and up and down) many flights of stairs across hillyKeep Reading

Are you minimalist enough? An experiment in giving up clothes for a year.

As a person with an apartment that has hundreds of books, I sometimes feel like my efforts to de-clutter and reduce the number of things that surround me aren’t enough. In my efforts to reduce clutter and consider minimalist–or simplicity–as a strategy, I began to doubt my efforts in being minimalist. And the thought begins to creep in: I’m not minimalist enough. What follows is the result of a year-long experiment in giving up buying clothes.Keep Reading

“You can have everything you want.” But also: “You will never be enough.” Two cultural themes that need to be reconfigured.

Are we being taught to want everything and never be happy with anything that we get? Why these two cultural mindsets don’t serve us–and how pervasive they are in our everyday lives.Keep Reading

20 lessons from starting a project, part two: launch week.

I’m breathing again, having just launched our website project this past week. Everything was set to go live early in the week – launch campaign emails, final website tweaks, coordination with the team, announcements to be sent, facebook posts, advance tweets. I woke up on Wednesday morning grinning from ear to ear – the firstKeep Reading

The lessons you need most, learning the hard way, and big dreams: part 1

I’ll be honest, My face hurts. It might be from the lack of sleep, or the fact that my face is currently crushed against a table in a coffeeshop, where I’ve inadvertendly placed my head down for a quick snooze, and now I’m covered in drool and blinking rapidly trying to regain a sense ofKeep Reading

Finish early.

Don’t stay late. Go home early. Do less. Seriously, take most of the things off of your to do list. Here are some words to live by, when hiring and managing people: “I’m more impressed by the person who can get it done in 6 hours – and go home and rest – than the person whoKeep Reading

Guest Post | Reprint : On silence and the clutter of noise, by Dave Ursillo

“Devoid of the clutter of noise, we are nothing more or less than in existence; we are because we are and the universe is because it is. Engulfed in simple silence and nothing, the mind is quiet, the heart is open, and the Soul becomes clairvoyant; this is the bliss of nothingness.” – May 2010, TheKeep Reading

If you don’t commit, it won’t happen.

Commitment is key. Commitment is everything. Commitment means “I say yes,” and “I’ll do this,” and, more importantly, it says “I know what I want.” When you commit to something, you say yes. You make priorities. And by making priorities, you also say no. You say no to things that don’t help you reach yourKeep Reading

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