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Actionable tips and practical advice to help you experience more by living with less

How to have the most amazing wedding without breaking the bank

How to have the most amazing wedding without breaking the bank

When I flicked through the Jetstar Magazine on our recent flight from Auckland to Sydney, a statistic caught my eyes. According to the Magazine’s sources, 326 couples get married in Australia every day, and on average, each spends AUD51,245. That’s a whopping AUD6.1bn...

Gift like a minimalist: 16 meaningful gift ideas for any occasion

Gift like a minimalist: 16 meaningful gift ideas for any occasion

Are you sick of giving gifts just because it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, and television commercials or societal expectations tell you it’s the right thing to do? Are you looking for gift ideas that are truly meaningful and appreciated by those on the...

Eight reasons why travel makes you a better person

Eight reasons why travel makes you a better person

On 15 March 2019, New Zealand lost its innocence when a terrorist attack occurred resulting in the deaths of 51 people, many of whom were refugees from war-torn countries who had made New Zealand their new home. In the aftermath of the attack, it was disclosed that...

Debunking Minimalism: What it is (not) and how it came about

Debunking Minimalism: What it is (not) and how it came about

Decluttering and reorganising seem to be the pastimes of people during the COVID-19 lockdown. And there is nothing wrong with that. We can all use a spring clean every now and again. All too often though we’re finding decluttering and minimalism being used as if they...

Digitise your old photos, negatives and documents with this step-by-step guide

Digitise your old photos, negatives and documents with this step-by-step guide

Do you want to simplify your life but have boxes upon boxes of old photos, photo albums, and even some 35mm negatives gathering dust in your attic or garage? What about those piles of old documents in your office and the recipe clippings in your kitchen? Isn’t it time...

Could you gift differently these holidays?

Could you gift differently these holidays?

Every year, in the weeks and days before the holidays (or Mother’s/Father’s/Valentine’s Day), the same frenzy unfolds: Facebook groups are full of ‘What gift should I get for … ?’, often followed by ‘They already have everything’. Retail stores are packed; parking...

How to adopt minimalism into your life

How to adopt minimalism into your life

In another article, I used Paul and my journey to minimalism as an example of why adopting minimalism could change your life. It’s a continuing process. But thanks to minimalism, we now live our lives with more awareness and intent and are true to our values. We...

7 Steps To Writing a Commitment Statement That Works

7 Steps To Writing a Commitment Statement That Works

As human beings, we all have our own values, beliefs and attitudes that we have developed and continue to develop throughout the course of our lives. When Sandra and I got to know each other, initially as friends and learned about each other’s history and previous...

Ten things I can’t live without

Ten things I can’t live without

We can all live without most things. As humans, we cannot live without air, water and food. No matter where I am (and how warm it is), I need clothes and shelter. So maybe this article title should really be Ten things I don’t WANT to live without. Also, things are...

Not ready to die – a letter to my former self

Not ready to die – a letter to my former self

Sunday 07 May 2017 – Today marks the tenth anniversary since two policemen came, collected me from my workplace and, under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, took me to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland where I stayed for nineteen long and...

Tired of the daily grind? How adopting minimalism has changed our lives

Tired of the daily grind? How adopting minimalism has changed our lives

When we first told people about our lifestyle change in 2016, we would often get asked questions like What is minimalism? Why did you choose this path? Does it make you happy? We continue to be asked these questions as we meet people on the road, and therefore felt it...

Less stuff = healthier planet? Why minimalism is good for us all

Less stuff = healthier planet? Why minimalism is good for us all

For many, COVID-19 is now a thing of the past, but the effects of it and the high cost of living are stopping us from returning to the old normal. We hope that the pandemic has been enough of a wake-up call to ensure whatever we do next doesn’t look like what we left...

An Intentional Life: Be inspired by these must-watch documentaries

An Intentional Life: Be inspired by these must-watch documentaries

Podcasts, books, (video) blogs and documentaries about intentional living (and its various incarnations) have been a great source of inspiration (and motivation booster) on our journey, and we are happy to share with you a shortlist of documentaries and television...

How our lifestyle choices impact our carbon footprint

How our lifestyle choices impact our carbon footprint

To halt global warming, we (collectively) need to achieve NET ZERO carbon emissions by 2050 (and significantly reduce other greenhouse gas emissions). That target doesn’t just apply to countries or specific industries. It applies to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. But how...

COVID-19: 15+ things you can do to stay healthy and positive

COVID-19: 15+ things you can do to stay healthy and positive

As more and more people are finding themselves in self-isolation or complete lock-down in the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic (including ourselves here in New Zealand), one concern that keeps coming up in our chats with friends and family is: How to stay positive...

Our Five Common Core Values – How We Live Our Lives

Our Five Common Core Values – How We Live Our Lives

We live our values. It’s a bold statement, but what does it actually mean? And what are the core values we live by? Today’s article will shed a light on that.Sign up to receive our email newsletter full of actionable tips and practical advice every month [fluentform...

11 Life-Changing Podcasts For Aspiring Minimalists in 2024

11 Life-Changing Podcasts For Aspiring Minimalists in 2024

When you start a new journey, whatever it may be, chances are you are looking for others who have been there before you - whether to give you the push to finally do it, to provide inspiration to keep you going or to learn from their mistakes. On our journey to and...