I approach everything using logic, reason, and an open-mind. Unfortunately, there is one weakness to this approach. It leaves emotions and feelings as secondary concerns. Life requires tough choices, and I believe that emotions and feelings can cloud one’s judgement when making rational and effective decisions. However, there are some things in life that simply won’t abide by logic and reason. One being romantic relationships. However, I’ve been
Minimalism is consciously choosing to live with less so one may pursue a more meaningful life. However, an area often overlooked is our virtual life. A life filled with distractions from apps, emails, social media, and notifications. One’s vision of a minimal life does not necessarily mean it’s perfect for someone else. However at any level, reducing any physical, mental, or virtual burden means
A new year, a time for renewal and change. Many people make New Year Resolutions, a promise to change a habit, to self-improvement. However, I prefer self-reflection. I believe it’s important to routinely take a moment and review personal milestones and core values. By definition, self-reflection is the act of examining introspectively. The willingness to learn more about how one behaves, their purpose in life, and essence. This isn’t
Have you ever heard the expression “You need to stop and smell the roses“? I’ve heard it many times, and each time I dismiss it as a cliche. However, its real meaning is simply a reminder to slow down, enjoy life, and be in the present. As simple as it sounds, I found it difficult to grasp. After some thought, I narrowed my
Is mindfulness contagious? Can someone share the present moment with a complete stranger whom they never saw or spoken to ever? Interesting questions. I am not an expert in mindfulness. Far from it. I’m merely a student that is willing to learn and eager to understand more. Last week, I looked across the street from my office window. I noticed a woman ice skating on the town’s seasonal ice skating rink.
This post isn’t about the 2016 elections results or my personal political opinions. It’s about what I learned from the aftermath. I don’t consider myself a political person, nor am I passionate about the many issues others in the country care deeply about. In fact, I thank them for their efforts to talk about the issues and move us forward as a country regardless if I
After exercising my right to vote, I went to the Maine Diner for breakfast. As I scanned the menu, my eyes quickly located one of my normal breakfast choices. With that minor dilemma out of the way, I was ready to order, eat, and move on with my day. But then, I realized that I always pick from the same handful of breakfast dishes.
One of my favorite ways to learn is to listen to podcasts and read blogs about personal growth. Occasionally, there are some concepts that catch my attention and then my INTJ brain yearns to learn. Although some concepts are an interesting side read, sometimes I find myself comparing them against my own behaviors and views. Confirmation Bias Confirmation Bias is the tendency to
One of my favorite activities is self improvement. I like to experiment. I constantly try to find better ways to perform tasks, explore new ideas, and discover something I’ve never known before. Whether it’s minimizing my belongings, embarking on a new challenge, or optimizing something as simple as a morning routine makes me feel like I’m improving my life and myself. Mindless Doing
I believe in minimalism. Yet I have family, friends, possessions, a house, a car, and other modern conveniences of life. This doesn’t make a lot of sense to some people. Everyone knows that minimalist own a few meager possessions, wear all white clothes, live in seclusion, and roam the world. Right? Not necessarily. Although some minimalists choose that lifestyle, the definition of minimalism varies from