Defining Minimalism

Posted 03-18-2014 at 03:04 PM by 2+2macht4

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The term minimalism is not nearly as obscure as it once was. Stories of those choosing to live more meaningful lives with less are becoming more commonplace. All the while many misconceptions continue to prevail. What exactly is minimalism? Here is a look at what minimalism is, as well as what it is not.

Minimalism

A minimalist lifestyle is best described as one in which a person chooses to live more mindfully, to strip away the excess possesstions and fight against the consumerism that has become embedded into our daily lives. It is choosing to live not only with what you need but also with the things that bring joy and happiness into your life. When we begin to peel away the excess layers of stuff we can start to take a deeper look at how our possesions contribute to or hinder our happiness and productivity. The choice to live with less is not an easy one, and certainly not in a society that perpetually bombards us with the idea that success is measured by how much or what we own.

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Breastfeeding Success or Failure in the Hands of Your Significant Other?

Posted 09-12-2013 at 01:30 PM by angelaw

I’ve always been a strong believer in the idea that the nursing relationship between mother and baby is strengthened or weakened by the support she receives or the lack thereof. And that even if she is receiving wonderful support through local support groups, women in her family, and health care providers, all of that can be derailed by the lack of support at home from her significant other.

I have heard so many moms talk about how their spouse, boyfriend, etc. did not want them to breastfeed because her breasts were ‘theirs’. I have witnessed my own sister not able to breastfeed in public because her husband was worried someone else would see her breasts. This was a major derailment for her as she was out in public quite often. I was more than thrilled when she finally spoke with her husband about it and how it was an inconvenience to her. He was able to see that what he was asking was a bit ridiculous and she has since been able to nurse their babies whenever and wherever they needed to be fed.

I would love to think that all of these situations ended up the same way, but I know better. Often the mom chooses to