My daughter Chloe and I have taken an interest in the concept of minimalism. We’re both making a conscious effort to eliminate the excess stuff that’s surrounding us while not adding any value to our lives. We’re both big fans of The Minimalists and have been inspired by their documentary which is on Netflix (see trailer above), so much so that we’ve watched it multiple times. In our family of four, the two of us have now become the household advocates of minimalism. We’re on a mission to help our family de-clutter, simplify, and consume less stuff. [Read more…]
As an introvert, I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s important for me to spend time alone with my thoughts regularly for my own sense of balance and peace of mind. It’s in these moments of solitude that I’m best able to focus on doing any kind of creative work. Finding space in our house for this purpose has always been a challenge.
We’re a family of four that lives in a ranch style home with three bedrooms. I have a desk set up in our living room that I use to deal with tasks like paying bills or catching up with email. Unfortunately, there’s just too much activity that happens in this part of the house throughout the day for me to use this space on a regular basis. Sometimes, when it’s too busy to sit at my desk in the living room, I’ll hole up in our bedroom. But because our bedroom is so close to the kitchen, it still becomes difficult to not get distracted. [Read more…]
It was a beautiful Sunday morning. Before I got too deep into the never-ending to-do list, I decided that it was more important for me to get off my ass and shoot some pictures. I just finished my morning coffee and I knew I had the luxury of a little bit of free time. Instead of doing what I’ve usually done in the past and tell myself “I’ll do something creative later… after I workout, after I do the yard work, after I clean the garage, after, after, after”, I just jumped in my truck with nothing but my phone, drove a couple miles down the road, and took a walk on the beach.
This turned out to be a great decision. [Read more…]