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Melanie

I’ve got a few super exciting, super secret things planned for A Small Life. But before I can launch those, I want to implement a mailing list where I am going to release exclusive content twice a month that will encourage you to build a smaller and happier life. This is content that will not appear on the blog.

You’ll also be the first to know about e-books, classes and consulting to help you get rid of stuff, so you can get to livin’!

Don’t worry, I hate spam as much as the next girl, that’s why your inbox will never be flooded with long-winded, salesy (and sleazy) emails. Just make sure you add me to your email list so I don’t end up on your spam list!

Just enter your email below to subscribe. I’m forever thankful for you all.



love always,
melanie

Link Love: 33

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How I slayed my secret money shame and rescued myself from debt.

How I got my financial life together by managing it myself.

How to rebuild your finances after draining your emergency fund.

How to use coupons effectively. Effectively is the key.

Why do your parents push you to be mediocre?  Yes, the author is selling something, but there’s so much truth to this: “Our parents want safety for us, not excellence.”

We can’t always make the best decisions, but we can always make good ones. The psychology of decision making is fascinating.

Fail faster at habits.

The “muffin mansion” is an incredibly cute and colorful camper.

Big design in a small space. 

This is a long quote, but it sums up so much of the negativity we see online.
“I don’t think the vast majority of lifestyle content being written is intended to make anyone feel bad about themselves. Every blog, Pinterest page and Instagram feed is operated (for the most part) by a single person who is excited to have that one place to share ideas and projects they think are inspiring or that they created themselves and are proud of. And if someone actually does live a life where they make their own cupcakes or sew their own curtains or save up to build their dream home, why do we assume that they think they’re better than us or that they have it easier or that they couldn’t possibly be ‘real?'”

And because as a “pear-shaped” woman, this one really rang a bell. Why I don’t believe in dressing for my body type.

Happy almost weekend!

love,
melanie

 

 

Tuesday Thoughts: Opportunity

opportunity Even the best opportunities require work.

Let’s get to it!

love,
melanie

 

Link Love: 32

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These towns will pay you to live there.

Maybe the easiest negotiating ever? Negotiate your bills with the silent treatment.

And similarly… The most underrated sound.

When ridiculousness is ubiquitous.

And similarly… The inventor of the K-Cup: “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use.” Expensive, bad for the environment and really not much easier than brewing it the old fashioned way. Why do we buy things we don’t need?!?! #frenchpressforlife

You don’t need any of these things, but they are clever. 33 clever things for your small space.

34 ways to make your stuff last longer. The banana thing is genius, I say, genius!

66 tried-and-tested tips for a frugal life.

And… 94 creative ways to save money.

This “yacht-quality” motor home is insanely cool and insanely expensive. If you decide to buy it, make sure you mention my name for the $5,000 commission.  ;)

What yoga taught me about a balanced life.

Getting started with the discipline habit. This one struck a chord, especially since doing dishes is my most hated chore.

love,
melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: Useful or Beautiful

useful or beautiful

It is best when things are both.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 31

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The top prospect for the Blue Jays lives in a (rad) van.

How to make solar panels for your small electronics.

This cute couple and their dog live in a restored bus. Am I the only one who thinks it looks spacious?!

What we appreciate appreciates.

Everything comes down to questions of priority.

How our food budget got us out of debt.

How much are you willing to sacrifice for your financial goals? An interesting discussion, considering that we sacrificed traditional housing– a nonnegotiable for some people!

Should you travel in your 20’s? I think you should travel no matter what your age, but the short answer is yes!

You’re always going to have 50 million things to do.

Using affirmations to change your life.

Let’s finish this week strong!

love,
melanie

 

Spring Cleaning!

Airstream and Garden copy Hey ya’ll! Just popping in today to point you to a new resource I’ve created. As I get more new readers, I realize that they might not be familiar with my story. Thus, I created a “New? Start Here!” page for those folks. For my old readers, I hope that it can also serve as a go-to resource for small livin’.

If you read this blog the old fashioned way, you’ll see I’ve created a new tab at the top of the page. If you read it via RSS feed, you might not see it. But don’t fear, just click here. My mobile peeps should be able to see it via the menu drop down.

Let’s do this, spring!

love,
melanie