Topic: Minimalist

My sister is my financial advisor. If you need to squeeze quarters out of pennies, Courtney knows how to do it. By looking at her year end account statement last year, she realized she could pay off all her student debt 6 years early by simply getting rid of cable TV for a year. She's that good.

Anyway, my sister, during one of our... shall we say, "financial sessions," shared a terrific story with me that I think sings ...

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Today's blog post piggybacks off a topic I talked about with the students in my business class (you can read all past newsletters here).

That post is all about business, but so often what we do in business mirrors our life, and vice versa.

Mission statements aren't just for businesses, and with a new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to set aside 5 minutes and write your PERSONAL mission statement.

Set a tone ...

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All right my minimalists and budding minimalists here are three (ridiculously easy!) things I want you to do — no excuses.

1. Write a "What NOT to do" list for 2014. This was actually Scott's idea, which he tweeted about after landing in Switzerland.

A lot of people see the new year as a fresh start, and while you can't really start over, you CAN start over with yourself -- and this "what not to do list" is a great ...

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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day:

"Sometimes I really wish I could trade my life. Start somewhere new. Have that chance to do it all over again. But then I wonder if it would be worth it. If I would be doing it for the right reasons."

I know I've felt that way in the past (multiple times!) and if I'm entirely honest, it's one of the reasons why I went to ...

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After the second live episode of the Happy Herbivore Cooking Show, Kim wrote in about one of the recipes and we subsequently got to talking.

Turns out Kim is a canning sensation!!! (Canning is something I get emails about pretty often!) As soon as Kim mentioned she started canning because lives in a small space, I knew I had to bring her on the blog for a Minimalist Monday guest post!

We’ve canned dozens of things over the past ...

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