simplicity & minimalism

Podcast: Supernatural Herbalism, Adaptogens, Trends, Productivity, Change + with Rachelle Robinett Herbalist and founder of Supernatural

“This was one of those conversations where I really got to know the guest during out chat. Rachelle and I met last summer at her cafe (Supernatural) where she gave me an energy ball to try. I liked her vibe and wanted to learn more about her, so I did what I always do –I asked her on the podcast! Months passed, we rescheduled about 1 million times, and then on a cold February evening I went to her amazing apartment in Brooklyn and we talked for over 2 hours. We covered her path to herbalism, her thoughts on kava, current wellness trends and dangers with that, her style (which I love), anxiety and herbs that help it, body image, heartbreak (and the ideal herbs that can help), and at the end we talk about a productivity tip that’s been extremely useful to me in the past few weeks since the episode. Hope you enjoy!”

Episode notes and more from Katie Dalebout, here.

Video: A Rich Life With Less Stuff | The Minimalists | TEDx

This is a perfect video to close our abstinence conversation. And, to keep in mind as we head into the season of consumption. As I listened to this, I purged my single junk drawer and scoured my apartment - (a very regular, like weekly, occurrence) - for what could be thrown out, donated or otherwise exodus-ed from my life. It's quite gratifying, and allows more focus for me to find goodness like this to share with you.

Inspiration: Minimalism


minimalism2 While we're on the topic of abstinence, how about a few quotes on how and why to consider a minimalist lifestyle. In whatever sense that's right for you. I've found it liberating, inspiring and conducive to productivity, creativity and peace. From a sparse desktop to a simple diet or well-edited closet. We don't need to fill every shelf ...

Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. - William Morris

Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. - Henry David Thoreau

The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence.- Duane Elgin

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance. - Buddha