budgeting

3 items I won’t cut from my budget

Have you ever made a decision you knew would change your life? Maybe you’re not sure how you know, but you know. This is big. Life will never be the same. A few years ago, my husband and I made one of those decisions. It was a simple one, yes, but the decision led us (read more…)

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Does simple living always mean “less”?

We often treat “simple living” and “living with less” as synonymous, but I’m not convinced they’re the same thing at all. Don’t get me wrong: decluttering and letting go of stuff definitely simplifies our lives. Saying no to busyness just for the sake of busyness does as well. Spending less, preparing meals with fewer ingredients, (read more…)

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a walk in the woods

On making time for the wild

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the power of the outdoors. Nature. We frequent the subject of the natural world somewhat frequently around the blog here—about why we should let our kids play in dirt, why we should take regular screen sabbaths and walk out our front doors, and the like. But i still need to (read more…)

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Weekend links

From a Rwandan dump to the halls of Harvard :: NY Times Around the world with 364 docobites :: Travelettes Why I’m crazy enough to go a whole year without the Internet :: Esther Emery Some things to try when life feels out of control :: Ally Vesterfelt The pain recedes and we carry it (read more…)

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Three kinds of expectations

It’s still the most surprising thing Becky has ever said to me. “OK,” she declared. “I’ve decided to lower my expectations of you.” Becky has a theory and after two decades together I’m convinced she’s right: Most conflict and unhappiness in relationships comes from three kinds of expectations. Unreasonable Sometimes our expectations are unreasonable. In (read more…)

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