Chapter 1: BeingSatisfied Living with Less
Building Foundations to a Minimal Lifestyle
Chapter 2: Factors to Consider for a Minimal Lifestyle
Chapter 3: Settling Down To Your New Life
Letting Go of What Needs To Go
Maximizing a Minimal Space
Life beyond Minimal Living
Rarely do we see people who appreciate the beauty of simplicity. A minimalist lifestyle helps us understand the importance of coming loose from living a life being dependent on materials that we have attached ourselves into, from our mindless consumption of items that we think we need and eventually being surrounded by cluttered environment because of our nonstop purchasing that gives us pleasure.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Frugal Living
Frugal Living as a Choice
Frugality as a State of Mind
Living Frugally Doesn’t Mean Leaving the Fun
Chapter 2: What the Great Depression Has Taught Us
Chapter 3: Today’s Lifestyle: Mindless and Consumerist
Chapter 4: How Society Has Conditioned Our Current Lifestyles
Chapter 5: Small House Living
Saying NO To Expensive Home Loans
Other Benefits of Small House Living
Introduction to Frugal Living
What comes into your mind when you first hear about frugal living? You may be one of the many people who are likely to utter the words such as cheap lifestyle, miserable life, boring, or unhappy life. However, frugal living does not mean any of those words. It is not a miserable way of life because it is a choice in the first place because no one ever chooses to live a miserable life. More so, it is not boring considering the number of meaningful activities one could engage in when living in frugality. And more than that, frugal living does not mean having an unhappy life because it only means finding happiness beyond what money could offer.
Surely, money allows you to buy the things you need, or maybe gain significant experiences. However, with the consumerist lifestyle that most people have, there is a greater tendency to consume more, and spend for what is useless in life. Most people do not even realize that there is an abundance of ways to get to experience what they want in life. Instead, they go for expensive materials and buy those with big brand names, or get a luxury vacation package, and then show it off for others to see because it is what has been taught to them.
When we talk about frugal living, we are dealing with a free lifestyle. It also means untying from a societally controlled lifestyle, which is the root of many of the pressing issues today. With the overly mindless consumption and consumerist lifestyle that most people have, we could say that the world desperately needs to learn the principles of frugal living. The proof of this frantic need for change is seen every day, when you see people drive to work in their single-occupied SUVs, whizz at the sight of beers and pack of cigarettes that minimum wage workers feast on during the day, or the group of youth holding their smartphones barely talking to each other. Regardless of your family’s income levels, no one is immune to mindless consumption and no one is exempted from rejecting frugality.
Most people fail to pursue frugal living, even at the micro and macro levels. The United States economy is falling at the pit of debt, which is thrice the GNP of Japan, yet the country continues to spend more. And for the information of everybody, Japan has the world’s third largest economy. That makes it so unbelievable how we confidently spend money, while also watching a handful of European countries worry about debt and everything combined. And it is not so surprising that this consumerist behavior reflects the spending behavior of most of its people.
Fortunately, at present, there is a growing return to frugal living, given the condition and the aftermath of the Great Recession. The unemployment rates serve as a wake-up call for proper execution of our financial responsibilities.
Chapter 1: Own Less, Live Best
Intentionality for Minimalist Lifestyle
Chapter 2: Benefits of Minimalism
Chapter 3: Getting Your Life Back
Becoming a Minimalist
Other Ways to Maximize Life
Minimalism in Homes
Minimalism is a way of living that cuts the gluttony surrounding our world. It is the exact opposite of what we see in ads, what we hear on the radio, or what commercials air on TV. It contrasts what our society has etched on our minds regarding the claimed importance of accumulating stuff. It tells us to dismiss ourselves from consumerism, instead of priding ourselves for all our material possessions, the clutters in our environment, the skyrocketing debts, and an abundance of infinite distractions.
People are joining the craze of the material world and we are left with a meaningless one. People are crazy over lots of stuff, with closets full of clothes, racks full of shoes, garages stacked with useless gears, basements cluttered with boxes of what seems like hoarding of old items. They are living the typical life: working hard to make good money, spend a great chunk on it to pay for mortgage, buy fancy clothes, and keep up with friends who have luxury cars, or get a hand of cool technology which are seen as bragging rights.
It is hard to see and realize that we do not need any of these, and that life is more meaningful when there are no people to impress, that we do not have to spend so much on stuff we don’t need just to make us happy, and that a rise in pay wouldn’t necessarily mean a rise in cost of living. It takes a turning point to make people aware that they are losing themselves over their material possessions. And this point could be achieved by the continuous effort of dissenters who encourage a simpler, less materialist life.
Living a minimalist lifestyle means throwing out what you do not need and focus only on those that you need. We only need little to survive while still living happily. We only need the small things to keep content in our hearts. The stuff that surround us are only depictions of materialism, and the society telling us that we have to consume more of it is just a way of luring us into consumerism. These things do not matter and do not account for our own happiness.
Chapter 1: Changing the Way We Think About Compact Houses
Benefits of Compact Living
Global Impact of Compact Living
Chapter 2: Compact Living Basic Design Principles
Chapter 3: Compact Living 101
Maximizing Floor Spaces
Choosing Your Furniture Wisely
Creating the Most Out of Your Space
All over the world especially in Europe, therehas been a growing movement to promote compact cities. Compact cities are cities wherein the supermarkets, offices, hospitals, and other important places are set around one area. Through urban planning, compact cities are created in order to reduce the space used, to minimize emissions from extensive car use and to preserve more rural areas and green spaces. This movement acknowledges the fact that the world, more than ever is in need of space. Our population is continually growing far beyond seven billion and yet the Earth, in its finiteness, remains the same.
Of all the infrastructures that have to use the Earth’s space, the largest portion comes not from the industries, but from our residential homes, apartment buildings and condominiums – our living spaces. In the United States, the houses get bigger each year. It was just less than 1700 sq. ft in the 1970s and has now gone up to 2500 sq. ft in 2014. What’s ironic here is that the families today are smaller than in the 1970s. In the United Kingdommeanwhile, the average one-bedroom house is merely 495 sq. ft or 46 sq. m and even a three-bedroom home is just 947 sq. ft on average. Yes, there is a huge gap between the US and the UK’s average housing spaces but believe it or not, there are many more countries with less and less square footage, and yet, survey shows that these people are not less satisfied.
What I am trying to say is that space is merely a matter of how you use it. Let me ask, how many rooms in your house are not used that it ended up being a storage cabinet? Or how many useless things or non-working appliances do you have in your kitchen that you don’t dispose just because you don’t want your cabinets to look empty? There are probably many of you who have these unused spaces in your homes. The thing is, you could’ve grown vegetables with that space, it could’ve saved you dollars or it could’ve been use for something else.
With the growing movement for compact cities and the rising of global awareness on sustainability issues, it is time for us to rethink how much square footage we really need in our homes. This is what compact living is all about - it is maximizing your limited house space for you to create more living spaces that you never imagined existing in your small home.
Chapter 1: The Redwoods
Chapter 2: An Overview
Chapter 3: Getting There
Chapter 4: Where To Find Redwoods
Chapter 5: Other Things to Do
1. Explore the Howland Hill Road
2. Enjoy the Enderts Beach and the Crescent Beach Overlook
3. Head to the Klamath River Overlook
4. Discover the Coastal Drive
5. Enjoy the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
6. Discover the mystery of Davison Road
7. Drop by the Kuchel Visitor Center
Chapter 6: Where to Stay
Northern California’s Redwoods is known for its sky-rising forests which are entirely unique to California. These forests draw visitors from all over the world to witness the towering giants in the vast wilderness. These mesmerizing landscapes and old forests which display truly exceptional characteristics are composed of both sequoias and redwoods which fascinatingly soar up to the skies. These trees have been used and referred to interchangeably by many. However, these two are largely different and make up the notable tree species. Distinct to the northern lands in California, these tree types share that unique brownish red bark as well as the tendency to grow to greater heights. More so, these trees vary in climate requirements in order to thrive.
The giant or coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) are distinct from its relative tree which is the giant sequoia (sequoiadendron giganteum) basically because of its environmental requirements. As the name suggests, the giant coastal redwoods survive in moist or humid climates because it is where the marine fog delivers the necessary climate to enable its growth. The fog is the source of moisture to the soil which also helps trap it, thus lowering evaporation rates. The giant or coastal redwoods usually outgrow their relatives and may stand up to 378 feet in height.
On the other hand, the giant sequoias survive in the higher elevation locations compared to the giant redwoods. They grow naturally along the slopes of the Sierra Nevada's, most of which stands at 5,000 – 7,000 feet elevation. The giant sequoias also need periodic heat so that their cones open and produce seeds. These trees still grow to imposing heights of 311 feet but are relatively shorter than their coastal counterparts. But although the giant sequoias lack in height, they still make up for their wider size which considerably outweighs the giant redwoods. Because of its sheer volume, it is the giant sequoias that hold title to being the largest tree in the world. The General Sherman, which is known for being the most gigantic of all sequoias, weighs in at an astounding 2.7 million pounds and stands supreme at around 275 feet from the base which was also measured at 100 feet wide. The General Sherman is not only known as the largest tree but it has also been named as the largest living organism of the earth.
The people know about the Redwoods as the home to the tallest trees in the world. But apart from housing the giant trees, Redwood parks, and forests still cover and protect large prairies, gushing river ways, oak woodlands and a long 40-mile stretch of primeval coastline, making up an abundantly rich wildlife environment characterized by great diversity. These natural beauties serve not only as a source of enjoyment, but also of inspiration and education to the people.
Chapter 2: City of Newport
City of Seaside
Chapter 3: When to Go
Festivals on the Coast
Chapter 4: Getting In and Around
Chapter 5: Points of Interest
1. The Oregon Coast Aquarium
2. Hatfield Marine Science Center
4. State Parks
7. Crabbing and clamming
8. Saddle Mountain State Natural Area
Chapter 6: Places to Eat
1. Canyon Way Restaurant
2. Georgie’s Beachside Grill
3. Local Ocean Seafood
4. Panini Bakery
5. Tables of Content
Chapter 7: Places to Stay
1. Inn at Nye Beach
2. Newport Belle B&B
3. Sylvia Beach Hotel
The Oregon Coast
Most visitors go to Oregon for its beautiful coast. It is the most visited area in the state and people from all over the world flock to enjoy its charming beauty, see the historical sites, and to experience different forms of recreation.
The Oregon Coast was once known for its booming logging and fishing industries. At present, it is slowly replaced with tourism and has become a good option for retirement. People all over the globe are drawn to the Oregon coast because of the temperature, the sandy beaches, and many other attractions from state parks to recreation areas. The place has so much to offer and there is definitely something for everyone at the Oregon coast.
The Oregon coast is sandwiched by the All-American Highway 101 on the east and the roaring Pacific Ocean on the west. Its shoreline stretches 363 miles, where the tide pools and challenging trails enjoy the sunsets with the lighthouses, and where travelers could enjoy the beach towns and promising frontiers. Each visitor could guarantee enjoyment at the beaches as the entire stretch is free and public.
The Oregon coast has been made globally popular when the Oregon Coast Aquarium became the home of the popular movie star, Orca. In addition, one of its cities, specifically Newport, is home to two of the state’s nine lighthouses, which are Yaquina Bay Lighthouse built in the year 1871 and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse which was built in 1873. The city is also known for having the largest commercial fishing forces and a horde of fishing boats for the recreation of visitors.
Chapter 2: When to Go
Chapter 3: Getting Around
Chapter 4: Points of Interest
1. Haleakala National Park
2. Road to Hana: Route 360
3. Iao Valley State Park
4. Makena State Park
5. Ho’okipa Beach Park
6. Kaanapali Beach
7. Hawaii Nature Center
Chapter 5: Places to Eat
1. The Plantation House Restaurant
2. Serpico’s Pizzeria Maui
3. Merriman’s Kapalua
4. Sarento’s On The Beach
5. Three’s Bar and Grill
Chapter 6: Places to Stay
Chapter 7: Fast Facts About Maui
The Island of Maui
The Hawaiian archipelago is made of a series of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean and spans 1,500 miles from the Kure Island in the northwest and to the Big Island in the east. It has an area of 6,459 square miles. Maui is situated on the eastern end of the chain and is the second largest in the chain of Hawaiian Island which consists of 8 major islands and 124 islets.
Maui caters to any type of tourist whether rich or budget conscious. It is often called the playground, to all sorts of tourists. Those who go to Maui are looking for wide adventures and an escape from the large crowds like the one in Oahu.
The island of Maui is graced with abundant pristine beaches where tourists could either go swimming or hit the surf for a remarkable windsurfing experience. The scorching sun is also at its most intense because the volcanoes in the island block the precipitation from getting to the shielded side of the island. Whereas the west coast of Maui is barren, its east coast is a paradise of green valleys, ethereal forests, and captivating waterfalls. The island is not only perfect for beach bums, but also for the nature lovers.
Maui is a perfect getaway place for a Hawaiian vacation. There is not any place in the world where you could experience almost everything on a small island such as Maui. More so, there is nothing to worry about traveling in Maui because attractions are accessible through vehicles as the roads skirt the edges of the island’s coastline.