The Art of Living a Simple Life

Have you ever felt like you should be living your best life ever, yet no matter what you do, it never seems to be enough?  I surely have.   I grew up in an American culture where there seems to be no limit on the amount of negative feedback we’re exposed to on a daily basis. For example, let’s take a peek at how our nation’s…

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How To Speak Conversational Spanish in 6 Weeks

Ever since I was a young child, I dreamt of living in exotic places and speaking the many languages of the world. Secretly, I admired people who could learn multiple languages—they all looked so smart! When I enrolled in high school, my advisor suggested that I pursue foreign language credits because college acceptance committees preferred them. To this day, I don’t know if she fed…

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Is American Healthcare a Poor Deal?

Rising costs are threatening access to healthcare for American citizens. According to a National Conference of State Legislatures report: “In 2018, the average annual premium for employer-based family coverage rose 5 percent to $19,616; for single coverage, premiums rose 3 percent to $6,896. Covered workers contributed 18 percent of the cost for single coverage and 29 percent of the cost for family coverage, on average,…

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Everyday Life Becomes More Interesting During Slow Travel

At the tender age of 16, I played summer basketball in the Netherlands and Belgium and spent weeks at a time in places like Amsterdam, Bruges, and Antwerp. My prolonged exposure to new cultures was an experience I’d never forget. I spent the next 15 years hoping to recreate that experience, but I could only find time for 1 week at most. Now I can…

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Why I Chose the Minimalist Lifestyle

Until three years ago, I only cared about becoming a “rags to riches” success story. You’ve heard the story before. A black kid from the hood overcomes many barriers to become successful. I envisioned many guest show appearances from Oprah to MTV.  People all around would admire me along with a hint of envy. To achieve this dream, I needed a Fortune 500 CEO gig…

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