Personal Development

Nine Years of Working Towards a Voluntarily Simple Life: Well Worth It

Back in 2008, I promised myself that I would live a voluntarily simple life.  It’s still an on-going process, surprisingly enough; I really thought that I would be able to get a hand on it after only a year or two. The first step was really easy; there was so much in my life that… Read More Nine Years of Working Towards a Voluntarily Simple Life: Well Worth It

Personal Development

Learning To Love Your Stretch Marks

I have always looked at my mothers’ stretch marks with great respect.  As my friends started having kids, I looked at theirs in the same way.  And now that I have my own, I oftentimes stare at them in the mirror, shocked and amazed at what my body managed to do. Surprisingly enough, though, I… Read More Learning To Love Your Stretch Marks

Personal Development, Tools

Time Tracking As A Tool To Build The Life You Want Instead Of Living the Life You Are Caught In

Finding balance in a society that glorifies a limited range of behaviors, most of which are counterproductive to most, makes a complicated task even more complicated.  I recently had a really interesting conversation with a friend of mine.  He mentioned how despite the fact that he doesn’t stop all day long, every day of the… Read More Time Tracking As A Tool To Build The Life You Want Instead Of Living the Life You Are Caught In

Personal Development

The Potent Combination of Resignation and Empowerment

Trying to understand what resignation means is still very new to me, so please bear with me as I attempt, somewhat clumsily, to put into words some thoughts on it for the first time ever on this blog. Being resigned is seen by some as an act of weakness, something someone who has given up… Read More The Potent Combination of Resignation and Empowerment

Personal Development

The Delicate Dance of Virtues

I remember being a kid and learning about virtues.  One week, we would learn about courage.  The other, love; then another, about courage.  On and on it went—with one major question, brought up again and again by my friends and I, remaining largely unanswered: what about the relationship between these virtues? I can’t blame my… Read More The Delicate Dance of Virtues

Media

So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

There has been a lot in the news about fake news, which could get one caught in a vicious cycle about wondering if the news about fake news is fake which I guess would prove the whole point of the concern in the first place. Well this blog post is off to quite a start…… Read More So About That Echo Chamber We’re Stuck In…

Education

The Power of an Internal Incentive to Behave

There are a lot of ways to make people behave the way you want them to—and, by extension, to make your children behave the way you want them to.  In a post uploaded in August 2008, I looked into a programme that encouraged good behaviour in students by giving them points they could exchange for… Read More The Power of an Internal Incentive to Behave

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Personal Development

Fulfilling Our Individual Responsibility Towards Global Economic Life

There is an exciting discourse gaining increasing momentum online: how to use what the world has to give us—food, clothes, stuff—to live a better life, rather than living life to collect increasing amounts of food, clothes, and stuff.  There is the minimalist movement, the sharing economy, the buy local movement, and, of course, efforts to… Read More Fulfilling Our Individual Responsibility Towards Global Economic Life

Family, Pregnancy

It’s Not All About The Nausea: Pregnancy As a Transformative Experience { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by my childhood friend Esther } Before finding out about my pregnancy, I had been speaking with friends a lot about the idea of transformation, something that should “manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly”, and should “affect both its inner life and external conditions.” Pregnancy, the most literal human… Read More It’s Not All About The Nausea: Pregnancy As a Transformative Experience { Guest Post }

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Who Cares About What They Wear: Choosing Who To Vote For

A lot of important elections have been happening around the world lately, and, as many prepare to vote, it has come to my attention that we spend way too much time looking into things that do not matter at the expense of looking carefully into what does matter. For example, I was reading about the… Read More Who Cares About What They Wear: Choosing Who To Vote For