Living with Less: How to Simplify Your Life
Now that you know the basics of minimalism and how changing your lifestyle can completely change your life for the better, you may be wondering how to actually get started on this journey. You don’t need extra money, actually, you should slim your wallet today.
You have been exposed to a lot of information about the minimalist lifestyle, and may feel pressure to quickly transition into full-blown minimalism. However, very few people can just throw all of their possessions away and start fresh. Deciding to throw away or donate your belongings is not an easy task, as we come to accumulate a lot of stuff that holds sentimental and monetary value. Although you may struggle every now and then, you will find that switching to minimalism will become easier as you begin experiencing the benefits of changing your lifestyle.
Write down everything! Writing down your goals, expectations, and struggles will help affirm your mission to becoming a minimalist. Start by making a list of all the reasons why you want to switch to a simpler lifestyle. Next, make a list of all the things that are causing you stress that can be fixed by becoming a minimalist. This could be debt, a full schedule, too many mugs, whatever is causing you to become fed up with collecting material things. Lastly, you should definitely write down your goals for transitioning to minimalism and what you want to gain from the lifestyle. Whenever you are doubting your decision or are faced with the urge to make an impulse buy, you will have these written lists to remind you of your mission and purpose.
Throw away any duplicates! Believe it or not, many people accidentally end up owning a number of the same exact items. This only adds to the unnecessary clutter. Walk through your house and get rid of any duplicates your see: two sets of the measuring cups, copies of the same movie, books, etc. You only really need one of everything, and even that is sometimes too much of a minimalist. Place all of your duplicates in a box and place it out of sight for one month. If you find that you did not need anything that was in the box or even forgot what you had put in the box in the first place, then get rid of it!
Maintain a permanent clutter-free zone. Becoming a minimalist does not mean throwing away everything you own and completely emptying your house. Start your transition into the lifestyle with a small gesture; such as clearing a space in your home that is a clutter-free zone. This could be a table in the living room, a desk, or even just a drawer in the kitchen. From this small space, you can gradually expand your clutter-free zone to an entire room.
Limit what you travel with. Minimalists love traveling because it just reinforces the belief that you really don’t need much to get by. The next time you go to pack a suitcase for a trip, try packing for half of the time you will be away for. For example, if you are traveling for six days, pack for three. Doing laundry while on vacation may not seem ideal, but it is easier than carrying over- packed baggage.
Get rid of your clothing! We all have clothes that we hope to wear one day when the occasion arises, but the truth is that the red shirt with the price tags still attached will probably never be worn. Clearing your wardrobe is one of the easiest things that you can do when first deciding to become a minimalist. Start by limiting your clothing options to fifty things: including shoes, accessories, underwear, etc. Once you realize how much you don’t wear and don’t need, donating the rest will feel much easier.
Limit your meal options. Of course, you do not have to stick to the same meal plan for years on end to be a minimalist. But you can seriously cut down the grocery bill by keeping your meal choices limited. Preparing breakfast, thinking about lunch, and making dinner take a lot more time and energy than its worth. Cut down your stress and food bill by keeping your meals simple. Try eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week, and then having three or four dinner options that you can cycle through during the week. If your family does not enjoy this experience, let them know that it is an experiment and talk together about how to make future meals more minimalistic.
Save $1000 right away. Saving money is not always as easy as it sounds, but once you save the first thousand dollars, you will feel less financial stress and feel secure in case of an emergency. An emergency fund simplifies all of your potential worries: paying off a debt, a hospital bill, monthly payments, etc. Saving may seem to take forever to do, but you can easily accomplish conserving a thousand dollars in just forty- five weeks. This can be accomplished by completing the fifty-two-week challenge in forty- five weeks instead.
With Brexit looming, the future of Ireland is at stake
Published 6: 00 a.m. ET Aug. 15, 2019 | Updated 8: 38 a.m. ET Aug. 15, 2019
It would be one of the great ironies of history if the U.K. departure from the EU actually led to the end of its occupation of Northern Ireland.
DERRY, Northern Ireland — From the 400-year-old walls of Derry, famous for blocking the siege of King James II and his Catholics in 1689, you can easily look out across the River Foyle to see the hills of County Donegal beyond the Irish border. In this city where history is a living battle, the border is once again at the center of the ancient Irish question.
“It’s not the Irish border, it’s the British border,” shouts Paul Doherty, a local tour guide who specializes in “The Troubles” of Derry’s recent history. “They put it there.”
It’s not even a border anymore, a local cabdriver offers. Though it may become one again if those idiots in London have their way, he says.
Almost a century after the British offered Ireland a deal — its freedom for the partition of Northern Ireland — the European Union is essentially offering the British the same thing to achieve Brexit. The deal for the United Kingdom to leave Europe has come down embarrassingly and almost entirely to what happens to this 310-mile stretch of land.
As new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson digs in against the idea of ensuring an open border after Brexit in what is known as the Irish “backstop,” the ensuing panic in Ireland is leading some to an idea unthinkable a generation ago: The best way to preserve the open border would be to finally unite the island.
A turbulent history
While a lot of that talk is led by pro-unification political parties such as Sinn Fein, even Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar admitted in a recent speech that “if Britain takes Northern Ireland out of the EU against the wishes of the majority of people in Northern Ireland … those questions will arise, whether we like it or not.”
The border itself has changed dramatically since the turbulent days of the 1970s and 1980s, when the British army reduced its more than 200 crossings to just 20 imposing checkpoints with turrets and watchtowers, barbed wire and spiked roads. As a young foreign correspondent covering the 1994 peace talks for Bloomberg News, I remember the menacing atmosphere of “Bandit Country” near Crossmaglen in County Armagh, and Enniskillen, where if your car got stopped you weren’t sure by which side.
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Returning 25 years later and more than 20 years after the Belfast Agreement of 1998 opened up the border between north and south, it is refreshing to see the border simply marked by changes in road signs. Some 6,000 trucks, or lorries, cross each day, according to the BBC, bringing goods between the North and what many still call the Free State. More than 30,000 people cross each day for their jobs, the news service said.
Though for all the progress, little of the historic tension has dissipated. At least in Derry. The Catholic Bogside neighborhood outside and below the city walls remains poor, and it’s marked with murals of revolutionary activity and Irish martyrs on building walls. Doherty the tour guide, whose father was one of 13 killed by British paratroopers on “Bloody Sunday” in 1972, leads a dozen tourists on a grim path of history through that horrible day.
He stops to point out where his dad was shot “in the back.” And brings the group to the memorial with the names of his dad and the others killed. Many were just teenagers eager to march with the civil rights protest that day for the excitement, he said. Across the street is the famous wall where “You are now entering Free Derry” has stood for decades.
Up on the walls later, a British flag can be viewed from another part of town, near a mural supporting loyalists and their slogan “No Surrender.” The walls are only open to walk on during the daytime, and there is still a fence on part of one side facing the Bogside, to protect against projectiles.
The tension created by these divisions simmers to this day, made worse by the killing of young journalist Lyra McKee in April during a riot. As Johnson ratchets up the talk of a hard Brexit and possible return to direct rule in Northern Ireland, concerns on both sides of the border are soaring.
Uniting Ireland may be in the cards
The stated purpose of the backstop is to ensure free trade and movement across what would become an EU border after Brexit. But its real purpose is to protect the fragile peace of the Belfast Agreement. A hard Brexit would be an economic calamity for both sides in Ireland, but losing the peace would be worse. More than 3,000 people were killed in the Troubles, and in the closely packed communities of the Republic and the North, their relatives still live with it.
The potential flashpoints are everywhere. Talk of uniting the island to bring the Northern Irish back into Europe will also be viewed as dangerous spin, with threats of return to violence a real possibility. Many on both sides would resist.
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Brexit by any stretch is going to be a milestone in Europe’s postwar experiment of unifying its economies. It could foretell the end of the euro currency if other countries, say Italy, decide to leave. Or it could simply just further distance Britain from the days of its once great empire. In Ireland, the stakes are higher and more immediate. Not just jobs but lives could depend on what happens in the next few months.
As the 100th anniversary of the Irish Republic approaches in two years, and the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday the year after that, the future of Ireland is again at stake. A poker chip in the hands of a British prime minister who has grander visions for himself and his role in Brexit, that future must be grabbed by Irish leaders on both sides of the border.
It would be one of the great ironies of European history if the U.K. departure from the EU actually led to the final chapter in its 800-year occupation of Ireland. It is in the furnace of ancient passions like the ones we now witness that such history is forged.
David Callaway is vice president of the World Editors Forum and former editor in chief of USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter: @dcallaway
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We’re covering the 75 th anniversary of D-Day, fading possibilities for a Mexico deal, and the N.B.A. finals
Pausing to keep in mind D-Day
World leaders, including President Trump, remain in France today for events commemorating the 75 th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, the start of the 1944 campaign to wrest Europe from Nazi control.
Mr. Trump is also consulting with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The two leaders as soon as had a warm relationship, but it has chilled in recent months since of differences over concerns like environment modification and Iran. Here are the current updates
Capture up: D-Day occasions started in Britain on Wednesday with an emotional ceremony that included direct accounts of the intrusion.
Another angle: During his journey, Mr. Trump has accepted regal respectability on one side, and settling scores on the other That moving personality was likewise reflected in policy problems, like a meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland on Wednesday in which Mr. Trump said the country would take advantage of Brexit “with your wall, your border,” however reversed course when Mr. Varadkar said a difficult border is “one thing we wish to avoid.”
Yellowed records expose what veterans could not inform
Where did they serve? What did they do and see? The families of World War II veterans typically discovered not to ask.
Less than 3 percent of the 16 million American veterans of the war are still alive, and all are in their 90 s or beyond. Now their family members are frequently relying on specialists to help them understand billions of pages of military records to piece those stories together.
” Often they start to weep on the phone about how much they liked their father, and how he had horrible nightmares, but would never ever speak about it,” one researcher stated.
Recalling: The reporter Ernie Pyle offered convenience to American readers with his positive tales of soldiers’ endurance. However the losses suffered in Normandy changed his perspective on the war
Photos: Images from the day reveal soldiers waiting with clenched jaws and flinty eyes, using a meaning of valor.
Fading chances for a Mexico offer
The U.S. took another step toward enforcing tariffs on all Mexican imports after high-stakes negotiations on Wednesday failed to address President Trump’s needs that the nation avoid the rise in prohibited border crossings.
Figures showed that crossings had actually reached a seven-year high, with 144,200 border arrests in Might– a 32 percent boost from April. Mr. Trump, dealing with political resistance from his own party, cautioned on Twitter that “if no arrangement is reached, Tariffs at the 5%level will start on Monday, with regular monthly boosts based on schedule.”
See on your own: California and Texas are amongst the states whose economies would be hit hardest by tariffs.
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A prospective car merger collapses
Fiat Chrysler quickly withdrew its offer to merge with Renault, abandoning a deal that would have created the third-largest car manufacturer and basically reshaped the industry.
The collapse took place after the French federal government– Renault’s biggest shareholder– asked to delay a final vote to speak with Nissan, according to two people close to the talks. Nissan and Renault are partners worldwide’s greatest car alliance.
Closer look: The bid underscored the seriousness that automakers deal with as the industry shifts to electrical cars and self-driving cars.
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The case is before a federal appeals court, and the possible ramifications could reach far beyond a single case or household, threatening affirmative action laws and tribal rights.
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11 stunning photos of Arranmore, the Irish island that is looking for new residents from the US
- Arranmore is a tiny island off the northwestern coast of Ireland.
- People in Arranmore have written an open letter to citizens of the US to sell their homeland as a great place to live.
- The island is known for scuba diving, great seafood, and beautiful, drastic cliffs.
- Recently, it added high-speed broadband to give remote workers an internet connection that’s “as good as any office in America,” according to the letter.
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People in Arranmore, a tiny, idllyic island off the northwestern coast of Ireland, are trying to recruit Americans to move to their homeland.
Traditionally a home for fishermen and farmers, Aranmore has lost a considerable percentage of its population in recent years as young locals flock to bigger cities for work, according to The Irish Post. Now, a video by Three Ireland details how the islanders are embarking on a project to welcome new neighbors by adding high-speed broadband across the region.
In light of this fundamental change, the people of Arranmore have written an open letter to citizens of the US to sell their beloved island as a great place to live.
Check out 13 beautiful photos of the remote Irish island that could be your new home.
Arranmore is a small island located off the northwestern coast of Ireland.
According to its website, the County Donegal island, also known as Árainn Mhór, has been inhabited since prehistoric times.
The island is rustic and relatively undeveloped, but it boasts undeniable natural beauty.
Arranmore also has sandy, picturesque beaches.
During the summer months, Arranmore’s beaches are as lovely and idyllic as those on any tropical island.
And the island is home to grassy, rolling hills.
It’s no wonder that Arranmore has primarily been home to farmers and fishermen throughout its history.
Arranmore is known for its stellar scuba diving.
Diving spots off the coast of Arranmore such as “Paradise Cavern” and “Green Island” are some of the most spectacular diving sites in all of Ireland, according to Dive Arranmore.
And its location in the Northern Atlantic is said to gives locals access to some of the world’s best seafood.
According to Discover Ireland, visitors and residents can rent boats for “sea angling,” or fishing, to catch “cod, ling, conger eel, pollock, wrasse, skate, turbot, and plaice” in the surrounding waters.
Unlike many more densely populated Irish regions, Arranmore has held fast to its Gaelic traditions.
Féile Árainn Mhór, also known as Féile Róise Rua, is Arranmore’s annual music celebration, according to the festival’s website. Discover Ireland says the celebration gathers artists on the island to perform and shed light on Arranmore’s culture and Irish language.
Despite all it has to offer, Arranmore has been “decimated by emigration” in recent years.
According to The Irish Post, the island has historically been home to fishermen and farmers, but young people are no longer interested in pursuing careers in those fields. As a result, Arranmore’s population has dipped to just 469 people.
“The biggest silence I hear on Arranmore is the sound of children,” one islander said in a video by Three Ireland.
The letter promises that, at most, your morning commute will only be five minutes.
According to Discover Ireland, Arranmore island is approximately five kilometers long and three kilometers wide, or roughly seven square miles, so everything is relatively easy to get to.
Arranmore also recently received access to high-speed broadband for the first time.
The letter boasts that the island’s internet connection is “as good as any office in America.”
“We’re online 24/7 these days,” the letter reads. “We’ve a lot of catching up to do.”
Islanders said that their homeland is officially “open for business.”
The island is already home to “a whole host of multi-talented people […] ready to collaborate,” including graphic designers, photographers, app developers, and skilled craftspeople.
Making a move to this little Irish island doesn’t have to empty your bank account.
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