Gifts for a (wannabe) Minimalist

I used to have a wish list on Amazon, but I couldn’t add the things I truly want. They can’t deliver on world peace or solutions to the climate crisis, and don’t seem to have any products to eliminate racism and sexism and ableism and ageism and all the other ways people are told they’reContinue reading “Gifts for a (wannabe) Minimalist”

Resolutions and Setbacks

Blue Monday!? There’s a tradition at my workplace for Blue Monday, where people wear their brightest, clashing-est clothing to fight off the darkness and cold of winter in Canada. I’m not sure the science behind it is solid, but it does mean I get to wear purple polka dot pajama pants all day so IContinue reading “Resolutions and Setbacks”

Clowning Around on YouTube

I started a YouTube channel!(?!) It’s here: Karen Lowry youtube and before you go looking for exciting content … the two short videos I uploaded are just testimonials about that presentation I gave last November on privacy. I did it because it was the easiest way to add videos to my site here, in termsContinue reading “Clowning Around on YouTube”

Welcome, 2020!

Welcome! is my theme this year It already led me down a happy path of coincidence: Adriene Mischler tweeted out “Welcome Home” for her newest yoga series on youtube, an obvious sign for me to join in. I haven’t done thirty days of yoga before so we’ll see how my body reacts, but for yearsContinue reading “Welcome, 2020!”

A Simple “Winter” Getaway

So still and grey, it could’ve been the sky, but the lake’s small waves lapping on the shore whispered hello. I always feel at home by the water. The campground was full of people and my yurt had little privacy, but I had miles of shoreline to myself. I was confused by the solitude. WhileContinue reading “A Simple “Winter” Getaway”

Privacy: Beyond Compliance

Using Privacy Principles for Better Business I am feeling impatient as I wait for the professional video clips from a talk I gave recently, so rather than check email constantly I thought I’d write about the topic. For now, you’ll just have to visualize me inspiring the audience and happy participants giving testimonials about how wonderfulContinue reading “Privacy: Beyond Compliance”

A Mess of Words

I’m a wannabe-minimalist living a simple, happy life without clutter [see: Every single thing I post]. I choose my excesses with joy [see: ALL THE PENS!] and my favourite is … Words. I write words, play with words, copy words, read words, think in words. I fit words into crossword puzzles, I study words inContinue reading “A Mess of Words”

Radical Decluttering

A funny thing happened as I cleared my house of excess stuff: The invisibility cloak lifted off my furniture. I’d taken it for granted, it was part of the scenery. I hadn’t considered living without my lovely living room wall unit, for example, until there was almost nothing left in it and the starkness ofContinue reading “Radical Decluttering”

Letting Go

Resetting My Life I wrote before about the start of my radical decluttering journey (Powerful Books) – it was (officially) in 2015, after years of chaos and trauma in my personal life, when I’d found hope and excitement about the future. (Unofficially, I can trace my first step to a moment of sparkling lights glisteningContinue reading “Letting Go”

If I Can Do the Impossible, So Can You

Once upon a time in my early thirties I took up running to humour a friend. We followed her plan, running for a few minutes, walking for a minute or two or three, and repeating this for thirty minutes. We did it a few times a week for over a year before making a radicalContinue reading “If I Can Do the Impossible, So Can You”