Citizen consumer

My world is changing. After so many years of being under a spell, I no longer identify myself as a consumer. I buy next to nothing except food and a regular coffee (for which I bring my own container). I am not feeding the demand for more manufacturing. Sometimes when I walk down the street and don’t…

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The bike electric

My world is expanding. Why? Because my electric bicycle has arrived from Vermont, and I’m going to be riding it for the summer instead of my regular bike. What does that mean for me? With my regular bike, I don’t usually ride more than 5 miles away. This makes my effective range of activities at…

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Downsizing: take your time

Many people try to approach the new trend of downsizing with frenzied exuberance, making huge piles of things to throw out or give away. They’re trying to quit materialism cold turkey. But you don’t have to get rid of everything you own, and you don’t have to downsize in one day. It’s better to take your time…

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Minimalism

Why I’m not always wasting time on Facebook

If you’re my Facebook friend and don’t know me well, you might think I don’t have a job. I’m on there a lot, and I’m not a lurker. I’m posting and commenting at a rapid pace. In reality, I’m usually only there for a few minutes while something on my computer is uploading or I’m eating lunch.…

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Expenses related to living car-free

So, you’ve decided to live without a car. Congratulations! What freedom, right? Consequently, unless your income has decreased, you also have more money. Awesome! So, what are the expenses related to living car-free? You’ve got lots of choices of what you can spend that extra money on. First, you might consider saving some of it…

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Urban Living Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation

I have an uncanny ability to talk to anyone. From farmer to lawyer, from student to teacher, from mechanic to millionaire – I can have an interesting conversation with just about anyone. Conversations are a great way to learn about the world and foster a sense of community with those around you. That is why I have honed…

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Solo(preneur) Relationship with money

Our relationship with money

Just like technology, money is a tool. It is not something to be worshiped. It’s not something that should break up marriages and cause stress and sometimes suicide. Money is a means by which to achieve our goals and live a life of happiness. Happiness is the end goal, or should be. I attended a women’s…

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Why being in a hurry is expensive

There are many disadvantages to being in a hurry. For one, being in a hurry implies that you are under stress and you are not thinking about the present moment. Instead, you are thinking about the moments ahead and the time at which you would like to arrive at your destination – whether in a…

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GRATITUDE: USF St. Pete’s Enterprise CarShare

Today I am expressing gratitude for the Enterprise CarShare program at USF St. Pete. What a valuable service for the students and what a blessing that they share the program with the public. This program is similar to a car rental program, but you can rent the car by the day, overnight or just for a…

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Feeling whiny? Try intentional deprivation.

We are living in a time when it is ridiculously easy to obtain things. Thanks to the internet, you can have almost anything shipped to you, including live animals, food-grade insects, teeth whitening solution, furniture, boats, and food. You can even send a glitter bomb to someone you hate. Taking our luxuries for granted When I…

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We’re all in this together so don’t be a douche

WARNING: Rant with harsh language I just attended one of the most amazing musical performances I have ever witnessed. It was The Indigo Girls playing with a full orchestra on the stage of the Mahaffey Theater here in St. Petersburg, Florida. Every song was a dramatic journey from start to finish. It was enchanting, and I was…

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