minimalism and stewarding

get good at stewarding

stewarding food coming into the house – meal planning – thoughtful purchasing at the farmers market – clever cooking using minimal pots and using up leftovers – freezing meals – composting and minimising waste – spending time on this aspect of life because food is enjoyable and necessary

stewarding stuff – stopping clutter – not shopping – being happy in your clothes – grooming and outfit planning – getting rid of stuff you don’t need – minimalism and living with fewer personal objects, all of which you love

instead of buying things for the kids to play with, doing stuff outside the home – country drives, new parks, the zoo, the beach in winter etc. – going to the library – going cycling

stewarding health – sleep hygiene – exercise – meditating – yoga – skin checks – massage – less sugar, practising willpower and awareness by saying no to regular food ‘treats’

read books, not news – talk to ppl in person rather than over facebook – study instead of procrastinating – awareness and choosing what you are doing, not running away and hiding

what is pissing me off the most right now in my daily life

– being fat and tired. feeling out of control with food

– fear with exams (which is disappearing as i see more pts and do more ddx practise with the study group)

what would i experience as ‘rewarding’ if i changed these things?

– feel more relaxed, fit into clothes, have spare cash, feel more connected to friends (?)

reflection – what works, what doesn’t, how is this making me feel, what are my goals, what can i fix, what should i live with

– feeling like I’m not providing good developmental toys and experiences for josh

Intuitively, we know that the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life.

I like material things as much as anyone. I studied product design in school. I’m into gadgets, clothing and all kinds of things. But my experiences show that after a certain point, material objects have a tendency to crowd out the emotional needs they are meant to support.

I wouldn’t trade a second spent wandering the streets of Bangkok with Olga for anything I’ve owned. Often, material objects take up mental as well as physical space.