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the pains of culling

After nine months of procrastination, I decided to give up my self-storage unit at Koala‘s Sanlitun branch. The significance of my decision is probably only obvious to those who live in Beijing and have been waiting for months (generally in vain) for a unit to become available at Koala’s most popular branch. 851 more words

Beijing

January 22: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The three-week mark has delivered some noticeable David Bowie Ch-ch-changes. This morning during my stretches, my elbows touched the ground for a few seconds! Brief, but satisfying (before the pain told me to stop overdoing it!). 381 more words

Physically Fit

Making balance a priority

My life is a bit of a runaway train right now. Things are moving far faster than I can move and the flying debris  seems to be well out of my control. 711 more words

Everyday Living

About the Essentialista

My interest in minimalism as a lifestyle choice and productivity strategy is the result of the evolution of my philosophy of life from the Voluntary Simplicity of the 1990s environmental movement, my liberating gypsy-like time living out of two small pieces of luggage (with no car and no actual home of my own) as a newbie flight attendant, and my respect for the uncluttered serenity of Japanese interior design and the Buddhist message of impermanence. 436 more words

LifeEdited moving wall transforms apartment

This is a great example of transforming a space and making it WORK for you. Graham Hill and his team did a great job showing what can be done at the apartment in New York City and sharing it with the rest of us. 23 more words

Apartments

Let's Talk Trash.

I sifted through the wreckage from my housewarming party last night, and was impressed by the erratic evidence of a night extremely well-enjoyed.  Corralling cans and bottle caps into the recycling can, I got to thinking about what it is that our trash says about us.   474 more words