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Cuppa reads

Friends, whether you’re trapped in the snow or trapped in another hot summer day, I hope your weekend is going well. (I have a newly-found affection for you southern hemisphere readers, after spending a few months in your territories.) I’m hovering somewhere in the middle, in southern France, where it’s cool but vacillating between drizzly gray and early spring blue.

While I’m back for a bit in the land of decent Internet, I’ve had a chance to catch up on some reading. Here’s some good stuff.

I absolutely, wholeheartedly agree with Joshua’s sentiment that we are wealthy, and that it matters. I’m surprised it’s even up for debate, to be honest…. via Becoming Minimalist

AoS’s own contributor Katherine Willis Pershey shares why there are, indeed, perks to living in winter-heavy climates. “Winter makes neighbors out of people. We’re all in it together.” via Christianity Today

“You don’t have to go to grad school just because you love to learn. You won’t forget how to read, write, or think if you choose a different path.” Haley shares her story on why she quit grad school and why she’s actually learning more than ever. via Carrots for Michelmas

A thousand times yes to this: kids need a ton of wiggle time, and horseplay with dads is one of the best, most emotionally bonding ways to do it. via The Art of Manliness

Emily listened to my podcast with Joshua Becker, and then wrote a beautiful post on becoming a soul minimalist. “Stillness is to the soul as de-cluttering is to the home.” via Chatting at the Sky

I love what this woman is doing to “make under” thrift store Bratz dolls. via Tree Change Dolls

And finally, here’s where you should live in the world based on your personality type. My home base is fairly spot-on for this INTJ. How about you? via Thought Catalog

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Ongoing education: 12 tools I really dig

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Mindfulness in the empty minutes

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In praise of slow decision-making

Most of my life, I have lived in the future. When I was in junior high, I couldn’t wait to be in high school. My junior and senior years, I couldn’t wait to graduate and move on to my university years. By my early twenties, I was dying to finish school and move on to (read more…)

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