Simplify, Simplify

Simplify, Simplify

Last week my family and I helped move my aunt and cousin to a new home. We enlisted help from friends and spent the entire day schlepping desks and mirrors and boxes of kitchenware and clothes and photo albums and candles and God knows what else.

In the aftermath of moving over 8 designated “Halloween” boxes among others labeled “80s shirts” or “baby clothes” from one garage shelving rack to another garage shelving rack, I began thinking about material possessions and how they influence our lifestyles and our decision-making processes.

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The Question We Need to Ask Ourselves

The Question We Need to Ask Ourselves

Imagine this: You leave in the morning to drive to work and you encounter traffic on your commute. When you arrive to the office you discover that your day is scheduled with meetings and mundane tasks. You have plans to meet a friend for coffee during your lunch break and she unexpectedly cancels. Later in the afternoon you receive a call that there’s been an indication of fraud on your credit card so you need to cancel it and order a new one. You stay late at work to finish a project and by the time you leave you’re too tired to exercise or cook the nutritious meal you promised yourself you would. That night, you call someone you’re close with and vent about your day.

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Practicing Acceptance

Practicing Acceptance

I never thought I would be the restless type. Growing up, I always regarded myself as someone on a linear path through life, knowing exactly what I wanted and making it happen without pause or self-doubt. But now, a year out from college graduation, I find myself existing in the unknown. The time I spent living in France (once for a semester and again this past year) and South Africa (for six weeks one summer) unearthed long dormant aspects of my personality: my anxiety about remaining in one place for too long, my desire to be unbound by obligations, my fear of dropping my passions in favor of convenience, and my insatiable curiosity about the world. 

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