Balance

Developing our own work and projects while keeping afloat; raising children in a thoughtful and creative environment while preparing them for the outside world and all its imperfections; being present and engaged while also thinking about the wider picture; and spending as much time as possible in other countries and cultures while maintaining a familiar and nurturing environment. Living the …

Hoard

There seems to have been a lot about hoarders online recently. People who have lost control of the stuff that surrounds them, that can’t throw anything away. They seem to be viewed with a kind of morbid fascination and a feeling of relief that it’s them and not you. It made me think about our neighbour and about our own …

Denial

Every time we plan meals and shop for food to a budget we eat really well and get excited about our food. When we go out and buy whatever we feel like we end up getting completely bored with what we’ve got. Shouldn’t this be the other way around? Isn’t the accepted wisdom that spontaneity and freedom from restrictions are …

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Affluenza

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. (Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, John de Graaf, David Wann & Thomas H. Naylor)

Structure

We’ve been finding a lot of information on the web recently (it’s great for that…) about “simple living”. The thing is that it’s nearly all about saving money or minimising your impact on the environment. Understandably, the current economic climate is fuelling the simplicity industry even more.