Simple is Better: Great Simple Products

Hi friends, this time I’m sharing with you some great products that I have tested. They share a common thing: simplicity and quality.

SHOES

Dress or casual shoe 

This is a hard category, one where I put a lot of effort in finding the right option. After suffering pain with dress shoes and getting rid of all my shoes I decided to start from scratch searching for the perfect shoes. After reading and learning about the foot anatomy, I was clear that barefoot was the way to go. At the moment with no regrets, these are the two and only kind of shoes I’m using. They are comfortable, minimalists and high quality.

Sandals

What should I wear to compensate my foots? After researching I found out that Xero sandals were a good option for my foot health. I recommend it’s use even for prolonged time. I can tell that having my foots free and feeling the earth somehow provokes a ‘free-will’ sensation. Test them and prove it yourself!

Minimalist men’s thong sandal

What is the right option for my foot when just relaxing, hanging out with the guys enjoying a couple of beers or at home? This one is a comfortable and useful sandal, check them out and found what I meant.

Sport shoes

I found out how wrong we go when deciding on sport shoes, after researching I learn that same principles for barefoot are applicable to sport shoes. This one is a balanced sport shoe, I use it for running and it is just great. (I’m alternating it’s use with the Xero sandal when exercising).

CLOTHING

Casual pant

Just a chino pant that will fit you well. If you gain some weight don’t worry, you’ll be able to still use it. 🙂

TECHNOLOGY

We all want to keep safe our data. I suggest you to always keep it in two places. This one is a great portable and fast external drive:

I’ll be updating the list with the idea to share my findings in products that add quality to the minimalist lifestyle.

 

How to Live a Simple Life

Living a balanced, simple life is especially important now because the world is very lost all the time thinking in getting more stuff, complicating the life more and being selfish.

People from the past used to have a better, simple life. Many of them lived that way because that was the way of living, but now days it is harder. For some reason there is just not a complete way to escape from many of the complications that the world have setup. Technology is a great tool, with no doubt, but without balance it just distract us from the important things.

I have learn the importance of keeping technology in its place. At the moment purposely I decided to use a dump ‘feature’ phone as my main personal phone. I benefit from its long battery life, no distraction essence and two sims. Ah, something else! it has Bluetooth, this means that it is a little dumb beast that can connect to my car or audio device, beautiful…. in the other hand, I have a smartphone only for work-related purpose. By doing this I’ve seen a lot of benefits, even a better communication, I can concentrate better on people and not in my smartphone screen.

Living a balanced, simple life will protect you because it will allow you more time and energy for the important things, like the spiritual things and your family and friends. So please, wisely ask yourself: Am I simplifying my life, or am I complicating it? What things really come first in my life? Some say they have little time or not time at all. But what is the reason? Likely, it is their failure to live a balanced, simple life. Why not compare the amount of time you spend on recreation, such as watching television, with the time you spend in the most important things in life, like getting to know why we here, strengthen our family ties and marriage, making real friends? Is your use of time balanced? Simplifying your life will allow you time for the more important things, which include doing things for others or sharing the good things you learned… that is one of the reasons I created this blog.

We can measure by the use of our time and priorities whether we are living a balanced, simple life. This is not a religious blog but I have to say that the Bible is one of my favorites books! Take time to read it and meditate on it. I am completely convinced that the Bible help me a lot to live a better, simple life.

There is a constant need to be vigilant, to remember that unburdening ourselves of things can allow more time for study, for reading, and for helping others. “Whenever I’m tempted to buy something I don’t need, or take on work I don’t need,” said one businessman, “I stop myself with the reminder to keep it simple. Sometimes I have to be blunt with myself.” Is that not a good reminder for all of us? When you contemplate some project, perhaps building an addition to your house or something else, why not ask yourself: Is this going to contribute to my spirituality and that of my family or is it going to hinder it? Do I really need all the things that people of the world eagerly pursue, or can I do without them?

However, someone might object: ‘Is such self-sacrifice really necessary? Are we required to live a balanced, simple life?’ It will depend on our mentality and priorities. Being a spiritual person will always be helpful, being concentrated on the important things will help us to fight against our self -our selfish person-. We can easily become lost by seeking out and acquiring unnecessary things of a material nature.

When we realize how short the life is and what is our real purpose in life, even though that may involve what many view as sacrificing a so-called normal way of life, we will be happy and modest.

After Decluttering… There is Room For Better Things

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We all want to be less stressful and have more time. Once we declutter our spaces and life, we will become a more analytic person, this is something that I’ve been trough. When I get rid of things that I don’t really need then I start a ‘selective’ process of the things that I own and that I REALLY need. We all have thousands of desires, each day we receive a lot of messages telling us to buy stuff, ‘selling’ us happiness… but we know happiness is not something you can buy. It is very important to understand the line between desires and needs, once we understand that we can move forward.

It is interesting to see how being more selective make us deeper persons, we start to ask our self ‘do I really need that?’ ‘what benefit does this provides me?’, this is where analytics starts… you will change the cloth you use, your shoes, cosmetics… cause now your mind works different and so is your selective process. Your really become a different person. You will not buy stuff only because of how they look or to impress others but based on real needs and health, in the positive impact on others. We will start to value our time, so basically every time we get something we will think about the time that we will need to invest in our new possession.

Materialism is a tramp. It is an old one and have win the war to many people. For us to win the war against materialism and the system we live, we need to be prepared and develop good habits that help us to keep our eyes simple and focused on what’s really important.

This is the process that I call ‘focusing’. You get rid of things and start getting new few things that are in harmony with your new mentality. It is exiting, is like starting over with a new vision. Enjoy the process and live better. Keep it simple and focused.

 

 

 

Dressing and Buying like a Minimalist

We give a message by the way we move or talk, our gestures or posture. It is known than more than 60% of what we said is not with words but with our body. It is known as the ‘corporal language’. It is the same with the things we own, what we wear or our living / work spaces.

When we start to simplify our living we change our mentality and become wiser, deeper thinkers. A typical question that might arise at any time would be: why do I own this? Is it useful?… little by little while finding our way, we might start changing our style or the things we like. We just growth and gain maturity and insight.

Wile in this process probably will not feel that much as a minimalist, because as you get rid of things you’ll need to buy new things. These new things will define you better and will add comfort and quality to your life.

I’ll share with you the things I’ve being owning, these things has add value to my life and simplification.

First at all I will like to talk about SHOES! Yes, shoes are something elemental for all of us. Shoes can affect our body and mind.

I used to own many pairs of shoes, more than what I can wear. I gave the majority of them… then I realice that the one that left were not in harmony with my new mentality, so I make the decision to research what are the best shoes for a simple mind and health oriented. A shoe that can be minimal and good for my feet while I’m working.

I reviewed and read about many options, finally I decided for Lems Shoes. They are a small company. Their shoes are like ‘home made’ shoes. I tried the nine2five model because I dress formal during the day. After testing them for about a month I decided I’ll get another pair. So that’s it, now I own a black and a mocha, that’s all for my day to day shoe. My Lems nine2five is lightweight and comfortable, more than that, it is healthy… and looks nice too!

Then the need for something more formal arise… I always loved chukka boots… and I know they are usually not that confortable or minimalist. After researching I found a great offer at amazon.com for the Vivobarefoot Bannister. Wow, they are great. Minimal desert boots. I had to add insoles because something was causing pain in my right foot. Anyway, I recommend them. That’s all I have for casual and formal shoes.

I decided to share this with you because it can show you the way my mind changed after simplifying. Time is one of our most valuable resources, use it wisely, only research to buy things that you really need, give the correct message wearing the things that show the real you.

If you wish to see a better detailed list of great and simple products that I have tested check out the essay Simple is Better: Great Simple Products