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Happiness is a Habit: 5 Tidbits on Growing Happiness

"Happiness is a habit - just like brushing your teeth before you go to bed" - Me. 

Yes I just quoted myself. Yes I know that is kind of ridiculous, but happiness is a habit just like brushing your teeth! There are two kinds of happiness - long term and short term. Long term happiness while it requires more effort and patience to obtain, it also offers great and longer lasting rewards. Short term happiness on the other hand is much easier and quicker to obtain, but often times only offers immediate gratification, and its power is only temporary. Short term happiness can even bring about unhappiness. For example if you go to Tim Horton's and buy 3 iced coffee's a day you might be happy in the moment you are buying them (because they are freaking delicious), but by the end of the week when you realize how much money you have spent on those iced coffee's you might be left feeling worse than you did at the beginning of the week. 

People often times think that happiness …

It's Time For a Staycation

"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from" - Seth Godin

Everyone needs a break once in a while; A break from chores, from bills, from responsibilities... but that doesn't mean we need to escape our day to day lives. What if we instead stayed exactly where we were and simply eliminated the chores, bills and responsibilities for a few days? A staycation offers a far less expensive way for us to enjoy what we already have with minimal stress.

Why do you want to travel?

I used to sit for hours browsing Pinterest travel boards wishing I could jump into the pictures I saw, and often feeling jealous and frustrated that I wasn't traveling the world. After not understanding why I felt this way I decided to ask myself a simple question that had a huge impact on my perspective - why do I want to travel? Why I want to travel is simple: I want to spend time with my husband  away from the responsibilities of li…

Becoming Minimalist: 3 Steps to Starting

To become a minimalist you need to start somewhere, and sometimes starting is the toughest part! For me it was important to define what minimalism meant, and then to further define what it meant for me. Looking up the official dictionary definition won't be of any help. Don't believe me? See for yourself. The best definition I found was on The Minimalists blog where they share their elevator pitch on minimalism. Something that stood out to me was:

"a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist lifestyle" - The Minimalists.

...meaning minimalism is different for everyone, and there is no wrong way to do it. For me it means living with enough - not too much, not too little - and consciously considering the way I consume; Do I need this? Will I use it? What value will it bring to me or my life? What am I willing to give up in order to have this? It is important to define your minimalism.

Step 1: Define your Minimali…