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The More (Open) Minds the Merrier

Posted by Marko on August 25, 2019 in Off Topic |

This may be an unpopular post, but there is something that’s been bothering me lately. Why are so many minimalist bloggers encouraging others to stop reading blogs while also refusing to associate with new people outside of THEIR space (blog)?

Isn’t that like saying, “Oh no. I won’t come to your party – it’s not good enough. But please, continue to frequent my parties with your good tidings and good cheer!”

If there is one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s that we’re all connected. How could you possibly discover more about the world and yourself if you close yourself off from others that may have different ideas than you? Read more…

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Less Me, More We

Posted by Marko on August 9, 2019 in Off Topic |

Well, May 21st came and went and we’re all still here. I’ll admit I wasn’t worried that we wouldn’t be, but you never know. Speaking of the anticipated rapture, I was reading a post written by Laura from Smash Your T.V. and Have Adventures this weekend. It was about an end-of-times sale she spotted on […]

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Living a Mindful and Frugal Life

Posted by Marko on July 25, 2019 in Off Topic |

When I think of being frugal I think of living economically. It is being mindfully aware of all my daily actions so as not to create unnecessary waste. I think of simple living, reducing costs and streamlining my home and business. We live in a society that creates waste in increasing amounts. We upgrade all […]

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Stop Consuming, Start Creating

Posted by Marko on July 7, 2019 in Off Topic |

There is a happiness and contentment that sets in when you stop trying to fill the discontent in your soul by consumption — and instead focus your energy on creation. Consumption : the utilization of economic goods in the satisfaction of wants or in the process of production resulting chiefly in their destruction, deterioration, or transformation. ~As […]

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Do You Have an Escape Plan for Your Life?

Posted by Marko on June 19, 2019 in Off Topic |

When I was younger I used to keep a backpack in the toy box by my bedroom door. Inside were all of the things I felt I would need in order to survive if for some reason I was forced out of my home. In it I kept some extra underwear and a couple pair […]

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Lost Friends, New Connections, Fog and Projects

Posted by Marko on May 23, 2019 in Off Topic |

Hello! I’m going to go with a little bit different kind of post today than I usually do on Fridays. I hope that’s OK with you. To be honest, it’s been kind of an unusual week here in markoaten land. Lots of my blogging friends have dropped out of the blogging scene (even if only […]

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What’s on Your Bucket List?

Posted by Marko on May 4, 2019 in Off Topic |

I’ve been talking a lot about paying off debts, saving money and getting rid of the excess in my life. I’ve mentioned that I would like to make more time and space in my life, but I haven’t specified what I plan to do with this extra flexibility. Some of the things I’ll be focusing […]

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Cheap Minimalist Birthday Party for Kids

Posted by Marko on April 19, 2019 in Off Topic |

Many of you seemed interested in the low cost minimalist birthday party we threw for our son’s seventh birthday this past weekend. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful feedback and ideas! It was so comforting to have all of your creative suggestions to fall back on if at anytime the party started […]

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Memories that Appreciate & Tiny Beach Vacation Rentals

Posted by Marko on April 13, 2019 in Off Topic |

I mentioned last week that we weren’t sure if we were taking a beach vacation this summer. Thanks to all of your comments and feedback, we’ve decided to plan a low budget (for us) beach vacation. The memory of a summer trip to the coast is more important to us than the money we would […]

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Step back. Reflect. Repeat.

Posted by Marko on March 21, 2019 in Off Topic |

The past few months have been a time of retreat and introspection for me. Periodically, I like to step back from my life and process my current circumstances. Occasionally these periods of reflection lead to great changes. This time, however, I’m quite happy with the way things are. Since eliminating our consumer debt in August of 2018, […]

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