Monday, October 26, 2015

The Holstee Manifesto

I am thoroughly impressed with the message this poster conveys. Originally created by Dave, Mike, and Fabian, they wrote down their personal definitions of success and thus, the Holstee Manifesto was created. "The goal was to create something they could reflect back on if they ever felt stuck or found themselves living according to someone else’s definition of happiness."

This has been a very important part of my life. My reset button. Since stumbling upon it from a friend, my life has been positively different. I used to have anxiety worrying about the future, where I'm going to be, wondering if I'm making the right decisions in life. This was a tool to help me take a step back and appreciate each day at a time. It's been over a year and I've leaped on multiple opportunities. I quit a job from being miserable. I've skydived and met new people on a spur of the moment road trip to just get away. I've been happier than I've ever been.

Read it, use it, share it. Be successful.

Minimal, Minimalist, or Minimalistic???

I've been researching what the proper terms are to describe my new found lifestyle. The word "Minimalistic" seems to be increasing in popularity and still causes turmoil over the correct choice of word to describe living a minimal life. Personally, I understand what is meant, no matter the word choice, but if you're amazing with English, I'm interested in different opinions.

What I have found:
1. Minimalistic is ironic, since the idea is to describe being minimal.
2. According to the Oxford Dictionary, minimalistic can be found under adjective.
  • A person advocating minor or moderate reform in politics
  • A person who advocates or practices minimalism in art or music
3. Merrium-Webster Definition of Minimalist:
  • one who favors restricting the functions and powers of a political organization or the achievement of a set of goals to a minimum
  • a :  a minimal artist
    :  an adherent of minimalism

4. Merrium-Webster Definition of Minimalism:
  • A style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
  • Minimal art 
5. There are better search results using the term minimalist over minimalistic, according to Google Trends.6. The Wall Street Journal changed it's article from The Making of a Minimalistic Menagerie, to The Making of a Minimalist Megagerie. I thought this was interesting since it is a highly credible source.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

7 Pet Benefits

1. They teach us it's okay to be alone
2. We learn a new form of communication
3. How to care for someone or something
4. They teach us unwritten responsibilities
5. Not everything cares or loves equally back
6. We learn patience through disciplining and teaching
7. They give us attention, sometimes when we need it most

While there's a lot of positive aspects in owning a pet, occasionally there are challenges as well. This includes: claws, hair, more hair, restricted nomadic lifestyle, litter box, noncontributing to society, and unemployed. However, I would never trade the happiness my animals bring me for the world.

Why I Chose a Cat

 ...I didn't.

I didn't really have a choice when Fluffy came in my life. Many years ago, the neighborhood kids found the poor, little fuzzball in the woods, hanging by a collar. I had begged my Dad for the longest time to own a dog, but he chose a flea ridden cat to live with us instead. As mad as I was then, I would never trade my best friend for anything (yes it's possible). Some days I believe Fluffy's listening skills aren't that good, almost like she has selective hearing, but let's not get in to that. My heavy, round, calico kitty has been through all of my ups and downs. She's my alarm clock, purring heater, and an excellent weight lifting partner. I pick her up, and I put her down. Many times...

A Simple Day
Most of the time, my furry cactus is just lying around. I'm convinced the only things she knows how to do is eat, sleep, scratch, repeat. Perhaps she's seen too many episodes of Garfield. She enjoys waking up her human, meowing for food (only because her bowl is half empty), clawing at my toes because there's something intriguing about attacking the mound under the covers. I also got her this sweet cardboard disc she enjoys making confetti out of. My Roomba normally takes care of it, but she's happy filing away those talon sized claws. When I'm home, I'll turn the laptop on and watch YouTube videos with her by my side or on the keyboard. So far, her favorite videos are Entertainment for Cats, do it yourself tutorials, and Shatter me by Lindsey Stirling. Also, forget anything else you're trying to accomplish. She'll manage to spread herself on your paper due for school, the book you're reading, and your favorite computer game.

Monday, October 19, 2015

List of Minimum Cat Supplies

It is possible to live a minimal life with a pet while having the bare necessities for them. For over a year, I've reduced, organized, and simplified what I need for myself, plus my cat, Fluffy. Lindsay Stordahl nails it by writing, "Pets are naturally simple. They’re already minimalists and require very little as far as stuff. They don’t need baskets of toys, cupboards of treats or 10 different outfits, collars and leashes." Pets set the best example for living minimally. Obviously being a part of family, you want to make sure they are healthy, given flea medication when needed, and provided with a clean place to eat.

List of Minimum Cat Supplies:
1. Food bowl
2. Water dish
3. Cat food
4. Cat treats
5. Flea medication
6. Cat litter box
7. Cat litter
8. Comb
9. Cardboard scratch pad
10. Catnip

If you own a dog, subtract the cat box/litter and add a leash/collar.

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