I spied this nipa hut while wreck diving off the Philippine island of Coron.
I spied this nipa hut while wreck diving off the Philippine island of Coron.

Most of us are over-scheduled and stressed out and it’s time to have some fun! LivingMini is all about making room in your life to lead a more expansive life.

Minimizing clutter and downsizing your domicile is just part of it – we’re talking about a mind shift that will give you more time and energy to follow you passions!

  • Heart: How to embrace the principles of Living Mini and increase your time, energy and enjoyment.
  • Hearth: Tips on how to de-clutter, de-stress, and organize your surroundings.
  • Home: Check out how your neighbors – locally and globally – are living in alternative abodes.
  • Essentials of LivingMini: A stripped-down approach to streamlined living.
  • Mini Makeover: The thought processes and practical steps that created my LivingMini life.

What are you waiting for? The door’s wide open to a whole LivingMini world!

A rural village in Malawi.

I traveled overland from Livingstone, Zambia to Lilongwe, Malawi. It took me 3 days and the entire time I was the only foreigner on the local bus with my fellow Malawians.

I learned an important lesson from my new bus buddies:


One of the things I loved most about staying in the boat on the Northern Calif coast was the wonderful garden setting, with both sculptures and natural surprises hidden within the garden.

Here’re a few of my favorites…

photo by Michael Power, boat interior

I was visiting a friend at his studio on the NorCal coast, when I spied an old wooden boat in the back garden. I knew then that this was my next abode.

Six weeks later, I am fully ensconced in a week-long writing retreat. Welcome to my secret garden…

orange shippping container

I’m one of the tiny house people. One who yearns for simplicity and self-sufficiency. Someone who admires minimalism. A gal who thinks happiness is the absence of “stuff.”

Here’s how I’m feeding my obsession with Living Mini…

bins 3

I have taken yet another step in my quest in the elimination of all material items. During my last move, I went from 3 bins to 2.5 bins – a hearty reduction of 17% of all my possessions.

Here’s what I kept and what’s on the chopping block…

EmergenC in Laos 0 00 53-08

Where ever I go, I always have a a little “EmergenC”!

For 10 days, I was laid up with food poisoning – it was the pineapple shake from the Hmong night market in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here I am in my delirium.

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