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Pack Light

Living in a consumer culture makes it difficult to discern wants from needs.

Motorcycle travel is a study in minimalism and has taught me the virtues of simplicity. Minimally encumbered and indebted to your stuff, makes it easier to say “yes” to more of life’s adventures, relationships, and experiences.

Camping For Beginners with Kids: Free Download

This free download makes your first camping trip super easy


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Lessons on Gift Exchanges: Stuff ≠ Love

This is what a Play-Doh elementary school project looks like after 20 years of dessication

I met "Sheri" a few years ago on my book tour and she got in touch when she moved to Charlotte (my city) in March. She arrived at exactly the same time we were moving out of our suburban four-bedroom home into a smaller urban townhouse and came over to preview the massive yard sale that took us weeks of preparation. She bought a few things that she admitted she didn't need and I was happy to sell them.

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Six Ways to Avoid Airline Baggage Fees

Here I am on WCCB News Rising using the roll-down and compression sacks to pack

Thanksgiving week is the busiest time for American travelers. In an attempt to maximize profits, airlines have made it more difficult for your bags to qualify as a free carry-on while simultaneously raising baggage fees.

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Embrace Mindful Minimalism? Try Downsizing, Then We’ll Talk

picture of a child's mother's day card

I must've gotten too smug about downsizing to mindful minimalism.

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Live Like a Shepherd

I didn't know what it was when I first saw it, but then learned that shepherds would live in these 7'x8' abodes as they tended their grazing herds.

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Camping is Good for the Soul

Here's a story where fellow campers came to my rescue

Just in case you think I'm some kind of woodsy gal who beds down with the mountain goats atop Beartooth Pass or something, don't give me too much credit!

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Carlin, Camping and Stuff

Garage full of junk

George Carlin had it right when he riffed on our relationships with our stuff. "A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it..." Motorcycle travel helps put this into perspective.

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Bug Bits & Petrol Perfume

It's much easier to over-pack for a trip than to pack just enough. Why? Over-packing requires less thought and discipline -- just pile it in.

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What I Packed and Listened To

People often ask how difficult it is to pack for six weeks on a motorcycle. It's pretty easy when you get in the groove. Simplicity is the watchword. Oh, and quick-dry fabrics.

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