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Minimalist Monday: Look For Reasons to Say Yes, not No

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

Scott (my husband) sent this article to me, Give it five minutes and no joke - it changed my life.

I'm guilty of pushing back -- looking for a reason to say no, than to say yes. I realized I should look for what's right about something, not what's wrong with it.

hourglass filled with purple sand

For example, my designer sent me a draft for a new logo and I started to write "I hate it!" but then I caught myself.

An hour later (5 minutes exaggerated) I came back with a new attitude. I started my email saying what I liked, then explained what I wanted to see changed. I looked for ways to say yes, instead of writing it off completely with a loud NO.

I think my designer was puzzled by my email, because I'm ashamed to say, I hadn't always acted so... so... mature? I don't know what word I'm looking for, but I'm embarrassed I wasn't more of it sooner.

A confession: I typically call things like I see them which means sometimes I'm brutally honest and sometimes I'm a bit of a Debbie Downer.

I see now that I was reflecting what I wanted without considering what someone else may want or need. I don't want things sugarcoated so my delivery is often unsweetened... I love a good cheerleader, but I was once falsely encouraged, led to believe something, and when it didn't happened, I was crushed, and my one wish was that my cheerleader had been a smidgen more forthcoming...

But this isn't about me, or well, maybe it is. The point I'm getting at is when my friends started dropping hints that I could be a little softer, I took note. However, it wasn't until I implemented this "wait five minutes" tactic that I saw real progress with my self-improvement project.

Waiting 5 minutes makes quite a difference! I'm still a work-in-progress, but this whole 5 minutes thing has changed my professional life and personal life for the better.

The overall atmosphere is more positive. Part of my minimalist journey has been to seek out the positive. To have more happiness in my life. And saying yes more, or at least, not rushing to the no, is making a difference.

HH Book Club - Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole (week 3)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: BookClub

Welcome back to the HH online book club! This month we've been reading Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole: Your Guide to Optimum Health by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman.

copy of front of Keep it Simple, Keep it Whole green background with white box that contains title

This Week's Thought Questions (based on chapters 7-10 ):

1. Where do you think you are on the continuum (where you ever somewhere else?)? Where do you want to reach? 75%? 90%? 100%?

2. What's your opinion of soy, after reading chapter 9? Did your thoughts change?

3. Were you surprised to learn that "populations that consume more dairy products are MORE prone to bone fractures"? What surprised you most about milk/dairy in chapter 10?

Please leave your comments below or at Goodreads, where you can see and comment on last week's questions as well.

Also, if you want to buy/order next months book, we will be reading The Starch Solution by John and Mary McDougall.

A Vegan Taste of Montreal

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Before we left Montreal, Scott & I made a trip to Aux Vivres. I've been to a lot of vegan restaurants in my travels but I've never been to a restaurants as busy as a NYC vegan restaurant outside of NYC, until now. Aux Vivres was crazy busy and I loved that excited energy.

We started with the cornbread which was good, but the dipping sauce was OUTSTANDING.

I ordered the tempeh burger (which was okay) and Scott ordered the Aux Vivres burger (which I tried a bite of) and it was delicious. We also ordered dessert, of course.

I picked the brownie which tasted just like the brownies my mom used to make in my prevegan days. Scott ordered a banana-chocolate pie, which I didn't try, but he loved, especially since it had a nut crust.