Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Minimalist Experiment

Over the years, I've always made a resolution for the New Year. It's a great tradition, although I have rarely made more common resolutions such as "I will get in shape this year." No, I have a limit. Each year must bring a new resolution. So I've only resolved one year to get into shape, and the other years have seen a variety of other goals.

Among them:
-"I will reverse my greetings, so goodbye is now hello and vice versa."
-"I will learn to play the guitar."
-"I will read an entire novel in a language other than English."
-"I will learn how to heat-treat steel so I can make my own tools."

All in all, I have been fairly successful in my pursuits. This year's resolution, too, is coming to fruition. This year, I resolved to try living the Minimalist Lifestyle. I've been interested for years but never seemed to be able to let go of my stuff. Part of it is the Boy Scout in me, always trying to be prepared. Another part is good, old-fashioned materialism. However, stress from having so very many possessions weighing me down coupled with a new financial situation helped me to change my mind.

So I checked out a few websites such as Becoming Minimalist and got to work. I loaded my backpack with everything that I need to function for three days. I condensed my tools, school supplies, and hang-up clothes for interviews so that they fit in my car.

Nearly ten months later, I am still going strong. It's a nice feeling to know that I can grab my backpack and just take off whenever I need to. I feel free.

That's not to say that all I own is currently in my car. I still have a significant number of things in storage. Primarily furnishings for an apartment or a classroom, for the time that I again have either. For now, though, they are unneeded an unused.

The Minimalist Experiment seems to be a success, and I hope to continue living this way.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hooray For Monday!

I like Monday. I feel like Monday gets a bad rap, because it is usually a first day back to work after the weekend. It's not my favourite day, to be sure, but after Sunday I am ready to get back into the groove of school, work, or whatever else happens to be going on in my life.

So, I may I present Hooray For Monday! Each Monday I will post about a new website that I find entertaining and amusing over the weekend.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Life Update

Yesterday, a friend of mine by the name of Kaiser Crowbar inspired me to update and continue writing here. Kaiser runs a site called Kaiser Crowbar's Ablogcalypse that looks at a variety of topics such as video games, metal music, writing, and anime. It is best known for its boobie content, most notably Dragon Quest Analysis. Three cheers for this man.

Life Update

-Mom is cancer free. Radiation came and went this summer, and she's doing well.

-I have a new girlfriend. She's pretty awesome.

-I've moved. Actually, both of us moved a few hundred miles, and there are some great stories to go along with it.

-The brewing experiment is over, for now. The mead turned out very sweet but otherwise good, especially if mixed with seltzer water or something like that. Several of the jugs exploded as well. However, BiL and I plan to make more attempts after procuring the proper supplies for a more permanent setup.

-I am employed, to a degree. Working abroad was not compatible with certain developments, so I am not currently pursuing it. I have a part-time job doing something I really enjoy, and enough other jobs to get by for the time being. The search for a full-time job in the area still continues, though.

-Taking classes again. Math courses at the local community college since this summer, to get back into practice. I also found several online lecture series that I enjoy.

-The minimalist lifestyle suits me well. My stress levels are at a record low regarding material items.

That is it for now. Many of these items involve stories that should be told, and I intend to dedicate more time to explanations in later posts.