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The Paradox of Overchoice: Too Many Options

“People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralyzing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.” — Alvin Toffler, Future Shock (1970) It’s been said that having too much choice can be its own sort of poverty, as we […]

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September 27, 2021

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Quiet Money: Finding Financial Calm in a Loud World

“People who live far below their means enjoy a freedom that people busy upgrading their lifestyles can’t fathom.“ — Naval Ravikant Money can sometimes be a mysterious and anxiety-inducing topic, as it’s intimately connected with both our ability to care for ourselves, and even our self-worth in some cases, but it’s also often confusing and […]

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September 6, 2021

Adopting an Artisan's Work Model

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Adopting an Artisan’s Work Model: Sustainable Success

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”  — ROBERT M. PIRSIG, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values Many of us know that the hustle and productivity culture of the Western world simply doesn’t work, no […]

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August 9, 2021

Embracing a Slow Lifestyle - Philosophy of Leisure

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Embracing a Leisurely Lifestyle in Practice

As we’ve detailed in a post about our philosophy here, our ethos is largely centered around the notion of leisure and embracing a lifestyle of a slower, gentler footprint, and also a mindset of ease and equanimity. It values craftsman, artisanal practices over fast, mass-produced goods, with the phrase “buy less, choose well, make it […]

July 1, 2021

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A Whole Year
of Lovely

Somewhere along the way our society decided that being busy was a status symbol. And technological advances have enabled, and encouraged, us to be always available.
Yet leisure and rest help us to think more clearly, decide more logically, consume more wisely, innovate and create more freely, and connect more deeply. It's about having the space to build the life we choose, rather than having one thrust upon us, by default.

Five Prompts for a Less harried life