Facing The Digital Addiction – Time to Unplug and Restore

Hello Lovelies!

Something happened to me recently that forced me to confront a controlling addiction.

No, it’s not alcohol.

Or drugs.

Or sex.

Or food.

It’s technology.

I am finally forced to face the fact that I have a debilitating reliance on electronic connection. My iPhone rarely leaves my hand, but steals more than it provides. It is a crutch for my introversion, allowing me a false sense of connection with others. It is a black hole, fuelled by my desire to interact, giving a dishonest feeling of community. It allows me to hide, eyes fixed on a screen, evasive of acknowledging my fellow human beings in the flesh. It gives me escape from social pressures at gatherings.

It is a thief, this connectivity.

Facing the Digital Addiction

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Can You Be a Minimalist and Still Love Beautiful Things? YES!

Hello Lovelies!

Here at Oak & Soul we believe in the power of simplicity. We believe that possessions do not form the foundation of our happiness and that our worth is not determined by the clothes we wear or the cars we drive. We’re certainly not alone, the concept of minimalism is becoming more discussed and prioritized but it’s still very much a countercultural viewpoint.

Why is this?  Why don’t more people see the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle? 

We live in a consumerist culture that absolutely overwhelms us with marketing messages and hype urging us to buy one thing or another. Companies are constantly trying to convince us that our problems can be solved with the simple action of forking over a few dollars. Not pretty enough? Smart enough? Outgoing, thin or stylish enough? Successful enough? There is no crisis of identity or confidence that can’t be resolved with the swipe of a credit card.

Of course on some level we realize that it’s all hype, but here’s the thing… the acquisition of something new usually does give a quick boost to ones ego or confidence. Whether it’s the fabulous new shoes that make your girlfriends drool or the new car that outshines your neighbour’s there can be a momentary burst of positive feeling from material things.

But it doesn’t last.

What Minimalism Is and Isn't

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Stop the Mad Rush to Nowhere

Society is in a constant, endless RUSH and it is causing exhaustion, anxiety and depression to explode world-wide. But we aren’t meant to live this way! Our bodies aren’t meant to be stressed, exhausted and depleted long-term.

Why do I have to let my monkey-mind drag me around left, right, up, down, in circles? It’s exhausting! Making lists, obsessively checking to-do’s, to buys, to think abouts…it’s ENDLESS. I don’t even know if tomorrow will come but I am so engrossed in what it holds that I am not living in my present moment, which is very much real and existing and happening right now.

Stop making lists! Stop making irrelevant to-do’s! Stop putting notes in the calendar!!

So how do we take control of it? How do we calm our shit?

Stop the Mad Rush to Nowhere

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Prioritize Experiences Not Things

Hello Lovelies!

Today I want to talk to you about prioritizing experiences in life.

I’m constantly grateful for the fact that I’ve done some pretty cool things so far. I’ve bungee jumped, sky dived, snorkeled with manta rays, cage dived with great white sharks, climbed mountains and traveled to some pretty amazing places to do those things.

I’m certainly not rich and I’m not simply lucky… being able to enjoy those experiences took commitment, hard work and belt tightening. I decided doing those things was important to me, I prioritized making them happen and so my life style choices centered around those goals.

What was the main lifestyle change necessary? STOP SPENDING MONEY ON STUFF!

Seek Experiences Over Things

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Why Travel is Important

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Do you make travel a priority in your life? It’s easy to list off the many reasons not to travel. Expensive, difficult, don’t have the time, can’t get off work etc. But what about the reasons to travel? We have a tendency to think of travel as a luxury or an indulgence. We don’t prioritize making room for it in our lives and that’s a shame.

Travel is an amazing tool to build confidence, foster self improvement, increase our knowledge of the world and develop empathy for the people we share it with.

Why Travel is Important

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