Weekend Reading: Essentialism

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If you haven’t noticed, I am constantly pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. This doesn’t just involve  owning less material items, but it also pertains to how I spend my time. I went on a road trip a few weeks ago and as I drove, I listened to the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. It changed the way I make decisions, plan my schedule and approach life’s challenges. I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from the book which acts as a Cliff’s Notes version. The book delves into real life examples of how people implement each of these things and how it positively effected their life.

“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage.”

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”

“We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.”

“Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

“the killer question: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?”

“It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.”

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”

“EVERY DAY DO SOMETHING THAT WILL INCH YOU CLOSER TO A BETTER TOMORROW. —Doug Firebaugh”

“NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE. —Anne Lamott”

More recommended reading:

99U // Stop Trying to Do it All

Steve Paulina // 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

Business of Fashion // The Real Dangers of Border Adjusted Tax for Fashion

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Weekend Reading: White by Kenya Hara

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When I went to the La Garçonne store, I tried on nearly the entire collection of La Garçonne Moderne, added a few things to my basics wish list, but ended up buying the book White by Kenya Hara. This book has been on my reading list for a few years and I was happy to stumble upon it while shopping. In his book, Hara explores the depth of white as a color, a feeling and almost as a spiritual entity. Living in an overly colorful world, I’ve grown very fond of the absence of color, it feels refreshing and calming. I’m only a few pages into the book, but I intend to continue my philosophical exploration of white while upstate this weekend. Here are a few quotes from the book that resonate with me.

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“There is no such thing as “white.” Rather, “white” exists solely in our perception. Therefore we must not attempt to search for “white.” Instead, we must search for a way to feel whiteness…. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen.”

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“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is “all colors” and “no color” at the same time. This identity as a color than can “escape color” makes white very special.”

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  Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.

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