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Goodbye Debt. Hello Hawaii.

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

Earlier this week I was chatting through the comments section with Gena from Ha Nui Loa regarding a really humorous guest post from Gip Plaster from So Much More Life about the false stereotypes people have about Texans. Since Gena lives in Hawaii with her husband Jeff, I was sharing with her a couple of my stereotypes — or expectations — about what I thought it would be like to visit Hawaii.

Ever since I was a young girl and my parents visited Hawaii, I’ve wanted to go there. My husband and I always thought we’d spend our honeymoon there, but when the time came we chose instead to go on a less expensive honeymoon to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. We use the money we saved to put towards a down-payment on our home. While I don’t regret this decision, I still yearn to visit the Hawaiian Islands. Read more…

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Multitasking = Scattered Energies

Posted by Marko on September 17, 2019 in Off Topic |

This morning I was reading a post written by Selena from This Contented Life. It was an entry from her Life Lessons series titled Do One Thing at a Time. Her post really got me thinking about the downfalls of scattering our energies. Not only does multitasking cause unneeded stress in our lives, it also […]

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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 […]

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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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