Last Post For The Year

It is almost the end of the year and I already posted an article on reflecting back on the year. In my reflections I had a few ups and downs during the past year which are sort of covered in the quotes that follow. This post is going to be really short in that sense :). May be some of these apply to you and perhaps you felt something similar at some point in life? This is the last post on reflections for the year I promise! This year has been a testing time for many. I have had my … Continue reading “Last Post For The Year”

Change Habits For The New Year

It is almost the end of the year and it’s time to reflect back on 2020. What is the progress on your goals if you made any at the start of the year. Did the events during the year upset your plans? What impact did COVID have on you? Did you come out stronger? Learned something new that you never thought about earlier? Usually I reflect back around this time of the year and make note of my achievements and failures. The details of which will come out next year as usual in my year in review series. If you … Continue reading “Change Habits For The New Year”

Why Is Sleep Important?

I sleep too much. Way too much by today’s standards. When I tell someone that I sleep at 9:30 pm, I see raised eyebrows. Not sure if their expression is because they think “you are lucky to get to bed by that time”. Or may be it is along the lines of “you are too old and have no social life and are not invited to parties, or you are lazy”. Either way it does not really matter to me. I decline late night parties and meetings as much as possible. But you know in the modern era you are … Continue reading “Why Is Sleep Important?”

Grow In Complete Freedom

When people ask me what is this unschooling thing we are doing, I find it very difficult to answer. Not because I don’t know what I feel about unschooling, but because I am unable to articulate my thoughts into words. When you are an unschooled parent, you subconsciously know what it means to you. You can understand why you behave the way you behave or do the things you do given a situation with your child. But it is extremely difficult to explain to others who only understand school or home school. Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this blog are just … Continue reading “Grow In Complete Freedom”

Managing Dry Waste – Part II

If you have been reading our sustainable living series, you already know that we have stopped generating any wet waste for the trash picker. In the previous post on managing dry waste, I talked about how we are trying to reduce dry waste. In this continuation post I want to talk about more ways to reduce dry waste. Use your own compostable bags When you go out to buy groceries, the vegetable and fruit vendors typically give out plastic bags. These plastic bags are one of the major pollutants in the world right now. Although they are being marketed as … Continue reading “Managing Dry Waste – Part II”

The Credit Card Experiment

There are polarizing opinions about using credit cards. Some consider credit cards to be very useful while others consider them as debt traps. Like most things in life, it is not as black and white of course. This post is not about debating whether credit cards are good or bad but more about my experience with a credit card. I have used multiple credit cards when I was in the US. The credit card culture started soon after starting MS and continued on until I moved to India some 8 years later. But after having moved to India I haven’t … Continue reading “The Credit Card Experiment”

Why I Buy Used Cars and Should You Too?

Every single car we have owned were used cars. And we bought 5 cars so far in our adult life. I am not here to argue whether buying a used car is better than a new car or vice-versa. It is just my opinion and I am sure the counter arguments are as strong. Here are some reasons why we went this route even before we went down the minimalism path. 1. Cost of a new car The biggest hurdle has always been the cost of a new car. I never liked the idea of taking a loan to buy … Continue reading “Why I Buy Used Cars and Should You Too?”

Maximize Investment Returns (While Taking On Some Risk)

With more powers come more responsibilities. Err… I meant to say, with more returns come more risks. Most new investors want to maximize their investment returns with minimal risk. But that is hardly possible. Instead, in this post I will talk about how you can increase your returns but buy taking more calculated risk. I say calculated risk because you will not take blind risk, but instead use a proper method to improve your chances of increasing your returns. There are no shortcuts in life. So more returns are only possible if you can put adequate effort to learn some … Continue reading “Maximize Investment Returns (While Taking On Some Risk)”

The Gift Of Free Play

School has become an abnormal setting for children. Instead of admitting that, we say children are abnormal and that we need to correct the children. Of course as an unschooler I would certainly like to believe that. Whether it is really true or not is in the eye of the beholder. I am not here to argue about the merits or demerits of school but to point out that play is an important part of a child’s development. Most of what I am about to say in this post is pretty much what is covered in the excellent TED talk … Continue reading “The Gift Of Free Play”