The more you focus on minimizing distractions in life and maximizing value, the more time and money you have at your leisure. That is the whole goal of being a Valuist. When we have more time at our leisure we have to make sure we are spending it creatively. Your activities should be relaxing as well as enriching.
3 Hobbies that everyone should have
The definition of Hobby is “An activity done regularly in one’s Leisure time for pleasure”. When you look at the definition the watching Netflix on couch with bag of chips will fit the criteria. Assuming you are doing it in your leisure time, it certainly gives pleasure for most of us. That is the reason I like to modify the definition. My definition is “An activity done regularly in one’s leisure time that fits at least one or all of the following criteria”
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We all know fat in its pure form is good for our health. Fat has been vilified over the years. But now we know the real culprits for poor health are sugar, processed food, food laced with chemicals and trans fat.
Ghee or Clarified butter is one of the purest and healthiest forms of fat. It is very delicious and has several health benefits.
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Indoor spring cleaning is a piece of cake when you are a minimalist. It took me about one hour to do a thorough spring cleaning of our entire 3500 sq ft home. The biggest reason being lack of accumulated clutter.
Outdoor cleaning was something I dreaded. We have been living in this house for over 5 years now. So as you can imagine the windows and outdoor vinyl on the front porch had started getting dull and a nice coating of mildew.
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In a recent poll conducted by NBC showed that 75% of millennials in the US are in some form of debt. A quarter of millennials — those 18 to 34 years old — are over $30,000 in debt, including 11 percent who are over $100,000 in debt. Only 22 percent of millennials are debt free. This has caused many to hold off some of the key milestones in their life.
There was time in my life, as well, when I had approximately $36k in revolving debt and these did not include my mortgage, car payments and others. Over a period of 4-5 years, I was able to turn around my financial situation to just the house mortgage debt and approximately $125k savings in the bank. How did I do it?
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April was a month I made a big change to move to working part time hours! With both our children in school age I felt I am needed a lot more at home. We ran the numbers and decided we are in a reasonably good shape financially that I can afford to take a salary cut.
Although we can easily manage our expenses even with our newly reduced income, We are constantly looking to find new ways to save money.
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I keep my work clothes pretty basic and stick with a lot of neutrals.
The below are some of the versatile pieces I have that are very comfortable , well made and flatters most body types. These are very classic pieces that do not go out of style. I have owned all of them for several years and they have held up well even with regular use.
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Managing personal digital information is crucial in this day and age. These materials can include digital photographs and videos, documents, e-mail, website passwords, and quick notes.
In this post, I will go over four apps or services that will help you become a Pro on managing you data. It may not necessarily work for everyone in every situation. Nevertheless, they do help in consolidating the information and manageable format.
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We are strong believers of spending money on making memories instead of spending money on products. So we usually plan couple of fun vacations with our kids every year. This, we think, is money spent well.
However, every now and then we come across some products or services that we can totally do without but they add so much value to your every day life.
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Traveling with kids is not easy and it gets worse when it is a long haul international flight. Over the past 5 years, my wife and I have had 10 trips which includes 11 countries with our now 12 and 7 year old children. Obviously from these number of trips, it is evident that we love traveling. My kids love them as well and are always look forward to the next trip.
Among all this, there was (emphasis on the “was”) something they hated. It was the plane ride, the waits at the airports for security check ins, at the gates before and at the time of boarding and finally immigration when they get back. I could not disagree with them as I hated these too but being an adult, but I was not in a position to complain.
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I enjoy cooking . Of course there are some days that I feel a little lazy to cook but they are very rare. But lately I keep hearing more and more frequently from friends and family they do not cook, they get take outs and ready to eat food. I think within the past 1-2 years I am hearing this more and more frequently.
Recently I while listening to one of Mark Hyman’s podcasts I heard a nutritionist mention that cooking has become like sewing. This comment got me thinking. Maybe one or two generations back it was common or normal for the mom or grandmom to sew all the clothes for the family. Then with the ready made clothing industry and fashion industry booming, less and less people were making their own clothing. Now sewing has become more like a hobby which you do just for the fun of it.
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