Responding to that question “What do you do?”

“What do you do?” a usually innocent item of small talk, but it can be complicated.  People are expecting a short two or three word answer of your job title, maybe followed with the company or organisation you work for.  Since being self employed, and my engagement with the minimalist movement, I have developed a […]

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From 10 million people to just 55

It’s certainly not every holiday that you get to visit a friend who lives in such a small and inaccessible community.  The tiny community of Quatsino, Vancouver Island, has a year round population of 55.  This grows slightly in summer with tourists and seasonal home owners.  The village comprises of severn kilometres of houses and […]

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A natural & sustainable yoga mat

I have done a bit of yoga here and there over the years, at festivals, tasters, or lunch time sessions at work.  I always liked it but had never got “into it” as a regular habit or practice.  For those who don’t know, yoga is very broadly defined as; “a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a […]

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Sustainable Slow Tourism in Norway

I have just returned from a seven day Norwegian slow tourism floating haven, ticking so many sustainability boxes it was surprising.  The Hertigruen boat company show that even an organisation over 120 years old can embrace high ecological standards at many levels of its business. The Hertigruen boats started in 1893, mainly as cargo ships on […]

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My first minimalist meet up

For those who follow The Minimalists blog you will know about the epic world speaking and book tour Joshua & Ryan embarked on in 2014.  You may not know that the tour was also a catalyst for in person Minimalist meet up groups in many cities around the globe.  The groups meet at regular intervals […]

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Simplicity and Teamwork

I have just emerged back into the real world from a four-day wedding extravaganza at Solscape, Raglan, NZ.  I am still on holiday but back into some kind of normality.  For me the big themes of the event were simplicity and teamwork.  This was not a decadent event, but one with simple fun and pleasures. […]

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The Buy Nothing Day?

The allure of Black Friday seems to be waining, and it’s only been here in the UK, in a big way, for a few years. The majority of the UK watched in utter horror last year as people fought over material goods they probably didn’t need. Those living in London remembered the North Cirular IKEA […]

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Exploring digital downtime

Over the weekend I was invited to a cottage birthday party in the Cotswolds (UK). This was a good time to fully live in the moment and use my technology as little as possible. I have been trying to have 20-30 mins of pre-bed digital downtime a night. This event seemed like a way to […]

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Action for Happiness

I heard about Action for Happiness through my former workplace, and a friend who volunteers with them. This seemed worth looking into.   Essentially Action for Happiness helps people take practical action for a happier and more caring world. Their patron is The Dalai Lama. They have thousands of members taking action to increase wellbeing in their homes, […]

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The bed time story from 10,400 miles away

This is one especially for all the aunties and uncles who have nieces / nephews in other countries.  Of course this can also work for those closer to home. I have two nieces in the small city of Armidale (NSW) Australia, aged five and two.  Since the eldest, Eliza, was two I have been reading […]

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