Category Archives: Less is More: Living Minimally and Simply

When we consciously choose to live with less, designing our lives around simplicity, minimalism, and intention, we learn, paradoxically, that less is more.

Winter workshop: cultivating gratitude, opening to grace. Begins December 1. Join us.

Crack. That moment, when your heart swells in open with thanks. When a stranger sends you a smile and a whisper. The unexpected brush of a hand against yours.  The warmth of the subway air after a walk through frozen city streets. A free coffee from the barista. When a taxi driver waves you forward andRead the article

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.Read the article

Everyone starts somewhere.

Even the master yogi took a first class. To become anything, you have to begin. Start somewhere, take a tiny step. Something is better than nothing. Everyone starts somewhere.

Less is more, imperfect is perfect, and done is done: 17 tips, tricks & habits I use for writing, creation + business-building (or any creative pursuit).

What’s better than perfect? Done is better than perfect. Part of the beauty of writing, asking, and making projects is actually doing them. The best way out of something is often through it. Getting it done is where the art is. Seth Godin says “ship.” I say “do.” It means the same thing. Make itRead the article

Losing Everything, Losing Nothing: It’s All There

A few months ago I was typing notes furiously into the tiny screen of my phone, my go-to source for dumping ideas when a pen and paper isn’t handy. I pushed “new note” as the ideas flooded out of my mind that morning; suddenly, as the program opened up a new screen, it stalled, paused forRead the article

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 firstRead the article

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 ofRead the article

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 whoRead the article

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 yourRead the article

Savor things + go slowly

I am the worst offender of this. I’m so rushed doing one thing, thinking about the next thing, that I forget what it’s like to just BE in the moment. I have scheduled time to tightly and packed my life so fully, that sometimes I try to swim faster just to get out of theRead the article