12 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Minimalist

12 Holiday Gift Ideas For The Minimalist

After becoming a minimalist, holiday gift-giving and receiving became more complicated. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love gift-giving, and I truly cherish all of the gifts I receive, but I try to be more thoughtful and practical since I decluttered 60% of my belongings.

Here are 12 practical and thoughtful gifts ideas for the minimalist in your life.

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Minimalist Creative Wardrobe Challenge: I Made 5 New Outfits Without Buying Any New Clothes

Minimalist Creative Wardrobe Challenge: I Made 5 New Outfits Without Buying Any New Clothes

My shopping ban has been going great, but I do notice myself getting into a slump with my wardrobe. I've been wearing the same pair of pants 5 days a week and neglecting some of my favorite pieces. Instead of going on a shopping spree to alleviate my boredom, I decided to create five new outfits made up of items I already own.

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The Relentless Pursuit of “Why”: How To Figure Out What You Want and Forge Your Own Path

The Relentless Pursuit of “Why”: How To Figure Out What You Want and Forge Your Own Path

Over the past two years I’ve worked really freaking hard to get to the core of what I care about and why. Through books, mentors, podcasts, online classes, and personal projects, I’ve slowly built my “why” into something that inspires me on a daily basis. My “why” statement is the root of all of my writing, art, design, and code. This blog stems from that “why” statement. It fuels me to wake up and do what I do every day.

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Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Transparency: What Do These Words ACTUALLY MEAN?!

Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Transparency: What Do These Words ACTUALLY MEAN?!

Vulnerability, authenticity, and transparency. These three buzzwords get thrown around a lot within the personal development world. After reading several articles, blog posts, and Instagram captions chock full of these words, they start to lose their punch. But these words are important. And I feel the need to define them for myself. I decided to share them with you, dear reader, so we can better reflect on 2017 and look forward to the new year.

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Seven Ways To Make Creativity A Natural And Regular Part Of Your Life

Seven Ways To Make Creativity A Natural And Regular Part Of Your Life

I recently received this question from a reader and friend: "I think my biggest creative roadblock is that I get super fired up for creative projects every once in a while. The other 95% of the time I focus on other things and lose sight of how happy it makes me to create. How can I make creativity a more natural and regular part of my life?"

Thank you so much for your question, dear friend! This is quite a common problem and one that I revisit often since our habits and routines always require a few tweaks here and there. Like good design, our lives are iterative. Keep reading for my thoughts on making creativity a more natural part of your daily routine.

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Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

Break Past The Frustration Barrier: Tips For Learning A New Creative Skill

This month I pulled up my big-girl panties and challenged myself to play around with Photoshop. It’s still early in the month and I have spent about 20+ hours within the program. I’m not yet a Photoshop wizard, but I do feel much more comfortable playing around with some of the more complex features. Through this experiment, I’ve realized that the first 20 hours of learning something new are often the most frustrating. You don’t get any of the fuzzy feelings or sense of fulfillment that come from other activities. You feel defeated. You wonder if it is possible to break the “undo” ctrl+z button.

So how do you get through the first 20 hours of frustration and despair that come with learning a new skill? Keep reading to see my tips.

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Declutter Your Fantasy Self And Let Your Authentic Self Shine

Declutter Your Fantasy Self And Let Your Authentic Self Shine

Lately I’ve been going down a rabbit hole of minimalist YouTube channels. Several videos kept popping up titled, “Decluttering My Fantasy Self” and I was intrigued... Keep reading to learn how to identify your "fantasy selves" and get rid of those skeletons in your closet so your authentic self can have the spotlight.

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