Simplifying Life Archive

  • Many of you have likely heard of , or National Novel Writing Month, which has been around since 1999, but I just recently discovered AcWriMo, or Academic Writing Month. The goal of both is ultimately writing, but there are a few differences between the two. NaNoWriMo aims to produce a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month by meeting daily word writing goals. The product is rough, and will later require revision, but at the end of the month, there is a substantial tome with which to work. Academic writing is slightly different. Although it may make sense to […]

    National Writing Month

    Many of you have likely heard of , or National Novel Writing Month, which has been around since 1999, but I just recently discovered AcWriMo, or Academic Writing Month. The goal of both is ultimately writing, but there are a few differences between the two. NaNoWriMo aims to produce a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month by meeting daily word writing goals. The product is rough, and will later require revision, but at the end of the month, there is a substantial tome with which to work. Academic writing is slightly different. Although it may make sense to […]

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  • Philosophy Matters’ has partnered with ESET for an awesome raffle this month! Enter here for your chance to win one of 6 ESET software packages, a $100 target gift card, or 1 Android tablet! a Rafflecopter giveaway Last month, we took some time to consider 5 ways to protect your kids online. This month, I wanted to spend some time delving a little deeper into one of the main categories from that post: education. Our digital devices and social media contain a huge amount of information about us, so it’s important to help our kids understand both why it’s important to […]

    10 Quick Tips to Secure Your Social Media and Digital Devices

    Philosophy Matters’ has partnered with ESET for an awesome raffle this month! Enter here for your chance to win one of 6 ESET software packages, a $100 target gift card, or 1 Android tablet! a Rafflecopter giveaway Last month, we took some time to consider 5 ways to protect your kids online. This month, I wanted to spend some time delving a little deeper into one of the main categories from that post: education. Our digital devices and social media contain a huge amount of information about us, so it’s important to help our kids understand both why it’s important to […]

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  • I’d like to say  up front that this is not a fear-mongering post. The internet and I basically grew up together. I learned a lot about the world and myself through connecting with others, and I taught myself skills that serve me well to this day – like blogging! Viruses and phishing scams were never a major concern for – they were obvious. Yet, the same isn’t true for my parents. I consider them to be tech savvy – they’ve kept up with the pace of technology change and embraced innovation. Despite this, potential threats are never quite as obvious […]

    How to Protect Your Kids Online – These 5 Easy Ways

    I’d like to say  up front that this is not a fear-mongering post. The internet and I basically grew up together. I learned a lot about the world and myself through connecting with others, and I taught myself skills that serve me well to this day – like blogging! Viruses and phishing scams were never a major concern for – they were obvious. Yet, the same isn’t true for my parents. I consider them to be tech savvy – they’ve kept up with the pace of technology change and embraced innovation. Despite this, potential threats are never quite as obvious […]

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  • Perhaps one of the most difficult areas of creating a more simple life is getting one’s finances under control. In the U.S. particularly, many people seem to always expand their standard of living to just beyond their means, which piles on debt. There’s also an overwhelming amount of financial advice available, often conflicting. Sorting through it and actually taking action is difficult. I want to share my story of the path to simplification in the hopes that it might help someone else on their own path. It’s Personal We all take a different path to getting into debt. For many, it’s […]

    A Personal Story: Escaping Debt and Simplifying Finances

    Perhaps one of the most difficult areas of creating a more simple life is getting one’s finances under control. In the U.S. particularly, many people seem to always expand their standard of living to just beyond their means, which piles on debt. There’s also an overwhelming amount of financial advice available, often conflicting. Sorting through it and actually taking action is difficult. I want to share my story of the path to simplification in the hopes that it might help someone else on their own path. It’s Personal We all take a different path to getting into debt. For many, it’s […]

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  • Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard to continue simplifying my life, and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve done and my reflections on the process. Living Space LKAwesome and I realized that we essentially moved from a combined 9 bedrooms worth of living space into 2. To achieve this, we’ve had to get rid of a very large amount of stuff! The process was a painful one – at times it was heartbreaking to part with a certain piece of furniture or even glass ware (I’m a beer nerd!). Looking back now three months […]

    On Simplifying

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard to continue simplifying my life, and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve done and my reflections on the process. Living Space LKAwesome and I realized that we essentially moved from a combined 9 bedrooms worth of living space into 2. To achieve this, we’ve had to get rid of a very large amount of stuff! The process was a painful one – at times it was heartbreaking to part with a certain piece of furniture or even glass ware (I’m a beer nerd!). Looking back now three months […]

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  • Moving Motivation Philosophy Matters recently made a big move – shifting its home base from Mississippi to Raleigh, NC! This move has been a large part of the motivation to continue simplifying things – as part of the process is moving from two separate houses totaling somewhere just under 4,000 sq. feet, to an apartment of about 1,200 sq. feet. Before leaving Mississippi, LKAwesome and I made one more huge push to get rid of stuff via a garage sale and by donating to a local orphanage – which was necessary in order to fit everything into the 26 foot moving truck […]

    The Emotional Impact of Simplifying: Hitting the Wall

    Moving Motivation Philosophy Matters recently made a big move – shifting its home base from Mississippi to Raleigh, NC! This move has been a large part of the motivation to continue simplifying things – as part of the process is moving from two separate houses totaling somewhere just under 4,000 sq. feet, to an apartment of about 1,200 sq. feet. Before leaving Mississippi, LKAwesome and I made one more huge push to get rid of stuff via a garage sale and by donating to a local orphanage – which was necessary in order to fit everything into the 26 foot moving truck […]

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  •   Bonjour! I’ve always had a mixture of feelings about the holidays.  On the one hand, they are a time for families gathering together and celebration.  On the other hand—but not necessarily unrelated to the first hand—, they are a hypercommercialized and stressful season.  They are a time for endings and beginnings…of remembrance and nostalgic forebodings.  Philosophy Matters founder, JJ Sylvia, has written quite a bit about simplifying one’s existence to live the good life and theoretically be happier.  In a similar spirit, I thought I’d share a couple of things that may assist readers in reducing holiday stress outside […]

    Holiday Hecticness: Stress Management Techniques

      Bonjour! I’ve always had a mixture of feelings about the holidays.  On the one hand, they are a time for families gathering together and celebration.  On the other hand—but not necessarily unrelated to the first hand—, they are a hypercommercialized and stressful season.  They are a time for endings and beginnings…of remembrance and nostalgic forebodings.  Philosophy Matters founder, JJ Sylvia, has written quite a bit about simplifying one’s existence to live the good life and theoretically be happier.  In a similar spirit, I thought I’d share a couple of things that may assist readers in reducing holiday stress outside […]

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  • What you’re looking at above is an actual photograph of the storage room I rented earlier this summer. Under all of those boxes, there’s also several pieces of furniture, including desks, a dresser, a bar, and more. This picture is a messier than normal, because I’d recently been going through many of the boxes – but there’s a larger point: When I had to rent this room, I realized how much of an issue I had with stuff and how far away from the simple life I truly was. Since then, I’ve been working to change my life and my […]

    4 Quick Tips To Simplify Your Life

    What you’re looking at above is an actual photograph of the storage room I rented earlier this summer. Under all of those boxes, there’s also several pieces of furniture, including desks, a dresser, a bar, and more. This picture is a messier than normal, because I’d recently been going through many of the boxes – but there’s a larger point: When I had to rent this room, I realized how much of an issue I had with stuff and how far away from the simple life I truly was. Since then, I’ve been working to change my life and my […]

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