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The Most Dreaded Clutter Purge

Posted by Marko on November 26, 2018 in Off Topic |

I have a dirty little secret. There is a room in our home that escaped the rampage of purging and downsizing undertaken over the past two years. It’s a room with sentimental clutter, outdated files and memories of a past I wasn’t ready to let go.

The home office.

We’ve decided to turn the space into a media room for our two sons since we no longer use the room. Deciding to repurpose the space has meant that everything now occupying the space needs cleared out. Everything. Wow. Read more…

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Enrichment Activities on a Dime

Posted by Marko on November 15, 2018 in Off Topic |

In the city where I live, there are practically limitless opportunities for children to participate in enrichment activities. There are opportunities to partake in sports of every kind, music lessons, scouting, writing workshops, martial arts training, art classes, science classes, dance lessons, math enrichment and even manners training.

Allowing our children to try all of the things that interest them can get overwhelming pretty quickly.

Have you experienced activity overload? It can get exhausting (and expensive!) taking our son to soccer practices, Taekwondo training and Cub Scout meetings and events. Now he’s begging to take classes on LEGO robotics and computer programming. Read more…

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Thankful for A Perfectly Flawed Life

Posted by Marko on November 6, 2018 in Off Topic |

I’ve never been a fan of white clothes. Not only do they lose their brilliance after several washes in our hard water, but wearing a crisp white shirt always makes me uneasy. White is unforgiving. Unrelenting even.

Like my clothes, I prefer a life enveloped in more forgiving shades of grey as well. It’s better to allow for some lenience as we blaze through our life journey.

Circumstances and people disappoint me far less often when I lower my expectations, practice unconditional acceptance and remain tolerant of differing perspectives and opinions. Expecting perfection will always lead to an illusion of lack. Read more…

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A Change in Daily Routines

Posted by Marko on October 29, 2018 in Off Topic |

It’s been about two months since I quit my full-time job. During this time I’ve been trying to balance freelance projects with a newfound freedom.

When I go though a big change to my daily routine, it typically takes me a few months to reorganize and focus my time. I tend to get overwhelmed when my days dramatically shift.

While I don’t miss working full-time, I do miss the predictability of my days. Read more…

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Tratament pentru copaci

Posted by Marko on October 27, 2018 in Off Topic |

Ingrijirea corecta si regulata a copacilor asigura nu numai o crestere a randamentului, ci, prelungeste si viata copacilor, sustinand aspectul atractiv si sanatatea lor. Pentru acest lucru exista  tratament pentru copaci care este atat de necesar pentru sanatatea gradinii. Mentinerea trunchiului de copac si a ramurilor scheletice principale intr-o stare sanatoasa, asigura longevitatea copacului. Copacii care au trunchiuri deteriorate si ramurile scheletice, sunt mai putin rezistente la inghet, la infrangerea diferitelor boli si daunatori, in timp ce randamentul este redus. Read more…

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This is All Temporary

Posted by Marko on October 20, 2018 in Off Topic |

For some time now, I’ve felt a strong push (or pull?) to move. I dream about living in a condo where someone else would take care of yard work and there would be less rooms to clean. Or a sustainable home that generates its own energy and distributes grey water to the gardens.

I’ve even fantasized about living in another country like Denmark. They always rank so high in happiness ratings, afterall. Of course I don’t speak any Danish, so that might be a problem.

But mostly, I imagine an extended period of time where I would be able to shed most of my material burdens and focus on my family. Where we could all enjoy each other’s company rather than play paper-scissors-rock to decide who gets to weed the flower beds this week. Read more…

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Some Thoughts About Being on Time

Posted by Marko on October 13, 2018 in Off Topic |

I’ve been noticing people’s habits lately. Mostly, I’ve noticed individual’s tendency to be on time — or be chronically late.

It’s always obvious who is on time when meeting others in person. But in-person meetings aren’t the only instances where we can offend others by being late. Read more…

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Getting Unstuck

Posted by Marko on October 4, 2018 in Off Topic |

Many of you have asked me to report back on how my life has changed since leaving my full-time job almost two weeks ago. It’s hard to say for sure how much different things will be just yet, but a few things from my first week free from full-time employment stand out: Read more…

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What do You Think You Need?

Posted by Marko on September 30, 2018 in Off Topic |

If you really want to take complete control of your spending, you must have a very clear understanding of the difference between needs and wants. I suspect you’ve heard this before, and perhaps you already understand the difference, at least on a technical level. But I’ll bet that if you could hear a perpetual recording of yourself, you would find yourself saying “I need fill-in-the-blank” — (something that isn’t a real need at all) — at least once a day. Read more…

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Storms, Guilt and Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Marko on September 22, 2018 in Off Topic |

On Friday night, a wicked storm with winds up to 80mph whipped through the Columbus, OH area where I live. Trees were unrooted like weeds and lawn furniture was tossed around like leaves in the powerful gusts.

We were fortunate to only lose power for a short time, but many others are — and will — be without power until as late at July 9th.

I’m left feeling somewhat guilty about being spared the inconvenience and discomfort of losing power. And I’m realizing how swiftly electric-powered comforts like air conditioning and home-brewed coffee could be swept away.

The past two years have been peppered with my experiences in living with less. But even after paring down substantially in an effort to become more self-sufficient, I realize how utterly dependent I am. Read more…

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