May 2022

  • 3 Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist (Without Selling All Your Stuff)

    3 Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist (Without Selling All Your Stuff)

    One of the biggest misconceptions about minimalism is that you should basically own nothing. The strange vibe I often get from articles, videos, or pictures boils down to this: “If you own more than 100 items, you’re not a minimalist.” “If you wear more than one outfit, you’re not a minimalist.” “If you cling to…

  • This Is the (Crucial) Difference Between Loneliness and Being Alone

    This Is the (Crucial) Difference Between Loneliness and Being Alone

    The language we use to talk about loneliness (if we ever talk about it) is like scrambled eggs. We put all the vocabulary in a humungous frying pan, give it a sturdy whisk, and add ingredients according to our fantasy and imagination. For instance, a friend recently told me, “I like being lonely.” But what…

  • The Micro-Sabbatical: How to Reset Your Mind in 10 Days (or Less)

    The Micro-Sabbatical: How to Reset Your Mind in 10 Days (or Less)

    Not too long ago, I was so stressed that even a single thought about writing turned my entire stomach upside down. I lost myself in insignificant details, neglected my health, and stopped responding to messages. Concepts like calm or clarity felt alien to me. But then, everything changed. I decided to walk the Camino de…

  • What Loneliness and Hunger Have in Common

    What Loneliness and Hunger Have in Common

    In 2021, the German YouTuber Fritz Meinecke started a crazy experiment. He and six others were dropped separately into the wilderness of Sweden. The challenge was to survive for seven days with only seven items of their choice. No camera teams. No human contact. Complete isolation. Watching this show is obviously addictive. Part of the…