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Why Does Getting Rid of Stuff Feel So Good?

 

Many of us strive for a more simplified life, in which what surrounds us are things we either truly love or truly need, preferably both. To arrive at — and to maintain — such a lifestyle, we actually have to get rid of things, whether it’s in one fell swoop or in small doses. While it feels like a big mountain to climb, getting rid of things ultimately feels sooo good. Here’s why.

Physical space and mental space go hand-in-hand. Clutter is visual noise, and the disarray creeps into our mental faculties as well, so it stands to reason that clearing out our physical spaces, making room for air and light and growth, would be mirrored in our mental state as well. Just think how much better you work when your desk is cleaned off — now extend that to your life.

Related: Get Your House Organized And Decluttered This Weekend

Separating from the past can heal us. We hang onto so many things because of the memories tied to them. When we get rid of stuff we don’t need, we have the opportunity to interact not only with our physical possessions, but with the memories and feelings they trigger. This may be negative but cathartic, as when we let go of things we’ve held onto out of fear of letting go or of not being in control. The act of getting rid of these things we no longer need may actually be painful but is nevertheless triumphant, inspiring a feeling of this has no hold on me!! as things are discarded.

Making decisions makes us strong. Think about how good you feel when you actually make a decision. When we make a decision about something, even something as small as whether to keep those curtain rods, we do gain some control, and the feeling is addicting and self-perpetuating. If you can donate years’ upon years’ worth of children’s clothes, for instance, you’re not only making room mentally and physically. You’re also empowered to tackle that next thing that’s been hanging over you or crowding your consciousness: exercising, asking your boss for a raise, copying your pictures off your phone, whatever.

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Ultimately you have less stuff to deal with. This is the most obvious reward of getting rid of stuff, and most definitely not the smallest benefit. Each thing that goes out your door is one less thing you have to find a place for, organize again and again, or clean. That, my friends, is freedom and boy does it feel good!

I am still working towards this goal. It does not seem to come naturally to me for some reason so I may actually hire a pro to come in and help me with getting rid of possessions.

 

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Turns Out That Travel Makes You Happier Than Buying Stuff

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Why do we head for the shops with such determination as soon as we have money in our wallets? With every new purchase we feel a little happier, but a few days later that satisfaction is often gone without a trace.

It turns out that the main impediment to happiness is adaptation. As soon as something we’ve bought becomes ordinary and unexciting, the level of life satisfaction we feel falls, and we’re forced to search around for the next purchase. This process is repeated again and again.

Look around your place right now. How much stuff do you have that was supposed to make you happy but has gone untouched for months or even longer? Hell I bet some of you have clothes that you have not even worn.

However, research carried out at Cornell University has found a way to break this damaging cycle. Psychology professor Thomas Gilovich has shown that we experience the same increase in happiness when we buy something we want and when we go traveling. But — and here’s the most important point — the amount of happiness we derive from our purchase falls over time, whereas the memories of our traveling experience continue to supply us with happiness hormones for much longer.

It seems to me that shopping doesn’t really push us out of our comfort zones. It is routine. It is kind of mindless; a distraction. It does not take a lot of effort.

Going to various kinds of unusual events, going on trips, learning new skills, even extreme sport — all of these are an ideal source of happiness for each and every one of us. A new device or even a new car will eventually become just another ordinary object we own, or will otherwise become old and outdated.

Every new memory, on the other hand, becomes a real source of joy that stays with us for our whole lives. Maybe this is why people take photos when they travel or do stuff. They want to relive those moments and feel those emotions.

 

What do you think? Buy stuff or travel?

The Best Travel Quotes For Travel Inspiration

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Are you looking for some travel inspiration? Look no further than some of the best travel quotes(in my opinion) to help get you motivated to head out on your next travel adventure.

 

Quotes about adventure and travel remind me what I love about travel and help bring back the emotions I have felt when traveling.

So many of us are connected by a love of travel.

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A Trip To Nicaragua

I am really stating to get excited about my trip to Nicaragua. 8 weeks to go until I leave.

One of the main reasons people head to Nicaragua is for the world class surfing.

 

A trip to Nicaragua from KOCH FILMS on Vimeo.

Westworld and The Secret of Life

If you are late to the party, the new HBO series Westworld is a one-hour drama series set in a near future.It is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. In the futuristic fantasy park known as Westworld, a group of android “hosts” deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behavior.

I find it fascinating simply as a highly entertaining show and as an examination of life itself.

I am coming to believe that we do indeed have a code that is written inside of us. Unfortunately the code that is written is faulty(or is it?). It tells us to be dissatisfied with our lives. It tells us to want more and more and more. This despite that fact that most of us have more than we could ever need.

How can this be possible? I think we are being controlled and programmed to believe certain things and to follow a certain “script”.

Who is writing this code? Advertisers, marketers, probably government programmers(who wants to control you the most?).

Sound a bit out there? Well your programming would have you think that now wouldn’t it?

What are your memories or the dreams that you have when you are sleeping? Could they be but snippets of code that your hard drive is accessing?

In the latest Westworld episode Anthony Hopkins character(who is co-creator of the futuristic “park” of Westworld) has a dialogue with one of the androids.

He says that

There is no threshold that makes us greater than the sum of our parts. We cannot define consciousness because consciousness doesn’t exist. Humans fancy that there is something special about the way we perceive the world and yet we live in loops as tight and as closed as the Hosts do. Seldom questioning our choices, content for the most part to be told what to do next.

I agree completely. We are drones. Think about it. You do the same thing every day. You probably follow the same routine. Eat the same food, follow the same route to work, perform the same mundane tasks, have the same meaningless conversations. You complain about the same stuff but do nothing to actually change anything.

You are on the same “closed loop”. It is a program designed to keep you in place. To keep you controlled.

For myself there have been times where I have actually had the thought that if I could erase my memories I would. I think back to certain events and it is absolutely horrific. Is this my program? My loop? I want to delete it thank you very much. I want to rewrite the script.

Now some would put forth that it is possible to do this; that you can indeed retrain your brain with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Well maybe some type of reprogramming is possible. Again in Westworld we see some of the android Hosts are having glitches associated with their code and are become self-aware. It truly is fascinating.

I have been having some discussions with my friends about the fact that life is just a made up thing. We are told what to do and how to live and most of us(but not all) blindly go along with it. Go to school, sit down, don’t question anything, get a job, buy a house and a car and a bunch of useless stuff that just sits there.

It amazes me how many people get their first job and want to race out and get themselves in debt. I saw it first hand when I had a job at a local factory. People would get over their probationary period and rush out and buy a new car. Heaven forbid they SAVE some money first or start saving for a rainy day or for their retirement. Even though we see all these articles about how most people live paycheck to paycheck or how a lot of folks in their 40’s or older don’t have anything put away for retirement. Nope, just rush out and get yourself in debt. They follow the same programming as the masses.

And later in life they will be wondering why they are in debt and have all these bills and are generally unhappy. They will buy self help books to try and understand it but will do little to actually change their circumstances.

Do you have control of this stuff. Probably not. It takes a strong(and I mean strong) will(?) to overcome the programming and see life for what it is.

Turns out I am not the only one who thinks this way.

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Nicaragua Travel

Let’s Travel To Nicaragua

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After talking about traveling and exploring different parts of the world I actually have a trip booked.

As in actual dates for travel.

I have decided to travel to Nicaragua in January 2017, returning home in March. So a pretty good stretch to explore and see what Nicaragua travel has to offer.

 

Why Nicaragua?

Even though Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, years of political and civil unrest coupled with hugely destructive earthquakes have meant that it is one of the least visited countries in the region. However, after years of flying below the radar, this country is now becoming the “it” spot for travelers. Expats are even moving in and buying up property. This is a beautiful, wonderful country, and it’s better to get there now before it catches on and prices skyrocket!

Plus with the proposed canal that MAY disrupt things in the future I feel that the time is right to check out this gem of Central America.

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Nicaragua Destinations

Explore Managua – Managua is the capital and home to many beautiful buildings and museums. The recently renovated Plaza de la Republica is home to the Palacio Nacional, which is still a government building but also houses an art gallery and museum. Next to the Palacio is the Catedral Viejo, a dilapidated ruin of a once wonderful cathedral destroyed in the earthquake.

Go fishing – Both the Caribbean and the Pacific border the shores of Nicaragua and fishing here is pretty popular. Off the coast you’ll find a myriad of fish – some up to about 200 lbs. There are also chartered trips around the volcanic islands within the Lago.

Admire Colonial Granada – Granada has some of the best preserved colonial architecture in Nicaragua and due to the recent investment in tourism, it has become very popular among travelers. Take in the magnificent buildings in the Plaza de Independencia, hike a nearby volcano, and kayak the nearby islet. Be sure to eat at Kathy’s Waffles, Garden Cafe, and one of the Vigoran stalls in the park.

Explore the Masaya markets – The main attractions in the city of Masaya are two craft markets, the Mercado Municipal and the Mercado de Artesanias. Every Thursday night at the Mercado de Artesanias is the “Night of Revelry” featuring folkloric dancing, local food and music.

Relax in San Juan del Sur – A hit with surfers and backpackers, San Juan del Sur is the most popular beach town in Nicaragua. The beach itself is in a great setting and enclosed by prehistoric volcanic hills. It’s the biggest backpacker spot in the country and you’ll find a lot of cheap bars and hostels here as a well as a constant party if you want one.

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Learn to surf – Nicaragua may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of surfing, but it’s a huge past time here due to the year round waves and warm water. There are plenty of surf schools that offer tuition and equipment hire around the towns of Rivas and San Juan del Sur.

Visit Ometepe Island – This extraordinary island is located on the Lago de Nicaragua and is formed by two joined volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas. Hiking the volcanoes, kayaking and cycling are the main activities here. It’s beautiful; the locals are friendly and the food and accommodation are cheap, so it’s a great place to unwind for a few days. The walks up the volcanoes are pretty strenuous and take up a whole day

Visit Leon – This city was Nicaragua’s capital until 1857. To this day remains the country’s “intellectual” capital and it is home to the National University. Remnants of the political war between the Somozas and Sandinistas can be seen in the graffiti and murals around the city. There are a lot of cathedrals in this city (it’s famous for them) and once you have had enough of those, be sure to visit the Museum of the Revolution. It’s an interesting take on the Sandinista movement.

Go volcano boarding – What’s sand-boarding next to volcano-boarding? Cerro Negro, a young and active volcano, offers tourists a chance to board down its gravely slopes through an organized tour. You will have to hike up to the top, which takes around an hour, so be prepared for a climb and to get dirty! Sign me up!

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Kayak around Las Isletas – Las Isletas is a chain of small islands on a lake near Granada. Kayaking tours give travelers a chance to experience some nature in a calm and relaxing setting.

Hang out at Lake Apoyo – Lake Apoyo is a 48-square mile lake that actually lies on the Apoyo volcano crater. It’s a beautiful setting with very clear water for swimming. Consider renting a kayak, or going on a hike. This is a nice place for a relaxing getaway for a couple of days.

 

So there you have it. Nicaragua travel. I will be sure to keep you updated on my travel plans and how things go once I am actually in-country.

 

 

Does Life Have A Calendar?

Where do I come up with these thoughts that rattle around in my head from time to time?

Goodness knows.

So in my last post I wrote about feeling empty. Not depressed exactly. Just empty. Each day seems to be a repeat of the day before.

So today I was reading about traveling to various places as I have a plan to do some traveling in January to March of 2017. I need a bit of a reset and it has been a while since I have had a chance to head out and explore.

Originally Lisbon was my go to destination and it may still be but after my original flight got cancelled flight prices have SKYROCKETED. I am now looking at other destinations that are budget friendly and warm.

In my warped way of thinking I was wondering if at 46 I am getting a bit too old to be staying in hostels with the usual 20 something year old crowd.

I even did a search on that exact question!

It turns out that I am not the only one who feels that way. There were lots of results.

I sent an email to the hostel I was thinking of going to stay at and they replied right away and said that they have travelers of all ages so come on down. Now maybe they are just saying that to be polite AND to get the business.Who knows?

It did make me feel better about the whole thing.

ANYWAY all of this got me to thinking about the fact that life seems to come with a calendar.

 

 

  • By 15 you should have had your first kiss
  • By 18 you should be in university
  • By 20 you should be out in your own place
  • By 24 you should be engaged
  • By 27 you should be married
  • etc.

 

And so on. There are various articles about it.

And I hate it all.

At a young age you have all these dreams and fantasies but as you creep along towards adulthood people start pressuring you to be more “practical”. To start planning for your future.

Well what if you actually do want to teach overseas and just travel and see what the world has to offer?

You are made to feel like an outcast. Oh sure people love reading about people who do this sort of thing but if someone was to bring it up like they were actually going to do it, they would be ridiculed.

You can’t alter the course of your path.
You can’t reinvent yourself.
You can’t pursue your dreams because you’re too old

 

But how many people end up at 30 or 35 or 40 years old and realize that they made all the WRONG choices?

The North American milestones that are supposed to bring happiness have made them miserable!

And they feel stuck and that they cannot make a change.

It’s all bullshit.

So I am booking a trip. I am going somewhere. Maybe I will be the oldest person at the hostel.

Who the hell cares?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escape Traveler XL Tiny House with Full-Size Appliances Can Sleep 8

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Premier tiny house house builders Escape have gone above and beyond their Traveler model, which already features major amenities like a full-size oven and bathtub, and have upsized to the Traveler XL

The Escape Traveler XL checks in at 319 sq feet, can sleep up to 8 and features a Queen-size bed on the ground level.

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This “tiny house” is pretty big; 35-feet long, and 13,000-pounds. But it comes with some serious amenities. Washer/dryer combo, 2 sleeping lofts, full sized appliances and more. Of course you are going to pay for this custom built tiny home to the tune of(hold your breath) over 72000$ for a fully tricked out version. There is also an “Off-Grid Package,” a set of solar energy, rainwater collection, and composting options to look into.

Still, for what you get I supposed the price is pretty good for a custom built tiny home on wheels…

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