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Who Decides What Is Too Much Phone Use??

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Who decides what it too much phone use??  Let me first say, I love my phone and find it annoying that so many are trying to get us to stop using them.   People need to be more specific. Just stop? Or stop doing mindless things on it? Who decides what is mindless and what about other places, other than the phone? Like video games, watching tv or binge eating! I almost never mindlessly scroll and when I do, it's because I'm waiting for something or too tired to focus on reading. Or maybe I just want a laugh! What does everyone else use their phone for? Personally, I am always taking a course or listening to a podcast or music. I read on my phone and don't over-do social media. Personally, I wish I could be on it more.. listening or reading inspirational things. I don't find I have a lot of time to waste since I'm always working on the next project or reading/listening to something great.  What about YOU? Do you waste time or use your phone for inspiration

Mindful Kim NEWSLETTER, December 2023

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Hello! If you receiving this newsletter then you are probably a part of my  free support group , Our Minimalist Lifestyle, but if not, you're welcome to join  HERE  to get support in keeping your life mindful and simple, in a large group setting. (Don't forget to answer the 2 mandatory questions to be accepted.) November : We are very grateful for our members since a group is only as great as the people make it. I would like to personally thank ALL member participation but specifically our top contributors this past month: Mahamad, Joshua N, Kristen R, Michelle H, Kathie A, Susan K, Karen M, Aimee M, and Tina G with 21 posts in the past 28 days! Time and time again we hear that OML is people's favourite group... and you guys are the #1 reason for that, so thanks again!!    The  top post  was Cindy's (our moderator) meme war post and other topics were what was being decluttered and upcoming holidays.  Speaking of upcoming holidays.... This month  I announced

Boundaries

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Often we aren't modelled what boundaries look like. Those who wish to control you wouldn't want you to have boundaries nor would those with substance abuse issues. We need to learn this as we go. For me, the first step in having boundaries was learning my core values. Make a list of all values, that have meaning to you, and then decide on your top five. If something doesn't feel just right, or you can't decide what to say yes to, just check on your values. Not in alignment with your values? Then say no without guilt. It's your life, after all. Nobody else gets to decide what's important to you or how to live your life and those angered by your decision have ulterior intentions, other than you living your best life, because only you get to decide on your life story. Check in with your life regularly, especially if you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, resentful or depression. Which are all signs of boundary issues. Check with your calendar, check a

Next up!

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The flip of the first bike, in the new business (MindfulKim), went well and we are on the second bike. I was lucky enough to find her twin! That's right, the first bike was a 1990 Yamaha Big Bear 350 4x4 as is the second bike.  This one was in a little better condition right from purchase so less to do with her but the parts took longer to come in.  As always, ownership is available and we will post on Marketplace and share here when she's ready to go.  Let us know if you have any questions @ mindfulkim23@gmail.com 

A New Business Is Official!

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Hi all, I have some exciting news. This week I officially registered MindfulKim!  To go along with blogging about minimalism, slow living, outdoor life and more I have included flipping ATVs.  Today I posted our first ATV for sale on Marketplace! This is a 1990 Yamaha Big Bear 350 with 907 km. It wasn't running when first purchased but the bike was fully taken apart, cleaned and painted. The wires checked and maintained where needed, battery charged. A brand new carb & reverse cable both installed. Click to see the ad on Marketplace (after it's sold the link won't work), including a video of it being driven a little. I'm hoping to have more in depth videos of the bikes being tested. Thanks for checking them out and we appreciate the shares and follows. 🥰 Many blessings, MindfulKim 🙏

Injury Update and Thoughts

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June 10, 2023 I finally talked to someone at the clinic. They know nothing. The xray would have went to the online Dr but they didn't upload results to the pharmacy/clinic files. He said likely, if it was broken someone would have called right away, but he doesn't know and to call back (again!) Monday. I told him I'm back to work Monday. 🤷‍♀️ So. I guess I'm assuming it was a bad sprain and carrying on with life. 😑🤦‍♀️ I do have some lessons learned or maybe revelations, from this whole experience.. Things aren't always as bad as they look. I would have thought dislocated from the looks of my foot, as did others who saw my blog post about this, with photo included. But after day 3 it got better each day. The medical system sucks. This isn't new to me. There's a reason I don't have a medical doctor but do have a team of holisitc health workers. Nobody called me back about my xrays. At all. Not only that, I called the walk-in cli

Meet Cynergy!

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Meet Cynergy! She's a 22x8 ft cargo trailer. Nothing inside but wood I have plans. Big plans. Tiny living. I've been slowly moving to less and less stuff as I transition to one day fitting all my belongings to this space. But some building also has to occur first. By now (June) the insulation is in the ceiling, wood panels over the insulation, the floors have been epoxied and the walls painted white. I started the ceiling Paint, white of course. LoL #whitepaintobsession More needs to be done like a bedframe/platform. I just want something simple to paint white, however, I do want it high enough for storage underneath.  Other things like a window, more insulation and heat (I'm in Canada), and electricity is to come, as money pops up. **shamless plug here.. please consider being a Patreon subscriber** I don't have many photos because it's such a small space.  Here is the Facebook link for the reel introducing and touring Cynergy. https://www.facebook.com/r

OML Advertising Opportunity to Come

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Hello OML friends! (And those planning to join our FB group, Our Minimalist Lifestyle) For years we have fought those wanting to advertise their product and services and clutter up our wall. It's not that some of those businesses were terrible or annoying but we aren't all here to see random ads each day. But, Cindy gave me an idea..  Promoting my members. Give a benefit to being here, besides community, knowledge and ideas. To start, I'm thinking one day per month within a post Cindy (moderator) or I post. It doesn't have to be about minimalism but it does have to have your area served at the very beginning. Area and country, as this is a world-wide group. Oh, and please don't post things gross, like sex services or something. I don't know, just having a thought that I should state the obvious. LoL  Hmmm... maybe I'll also add things like bloggers, vloggers and YouTubers. I'm think the day will be Mondays so we have the week with that post.

Outdoor adventures for "May 2-4"!

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 In Canada, Victoria Day weekend we call "May 2-4" weekend. I don't remember ever doing anything special on that weekend but THIS weekend we went camping. Off-grid camping! For 5-ish days!   Not only were there ATV's but 2 events for mudding. Right in front of our camp!! Talk about chaos, noise and mud! Here's our set up at Lingham Lake. Cynergy is her name. See this post HERE for the story on Cynergy. This is Autumn, in case you haven't met her. She's a BeagleX. She's old now but, I think, liked camp life. In the end, the kids all went home the evening before. They couldn't handle more.

Toe Crisis 😱

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So. I've got a booboo. And I'm a big baby. Actually, I have PTSD in general but also about medical people, medical places and medical issues. Since I was 11. And then re-traumatized each time I went anywhere medical. This time, I have support! I have a a free emergency counselling numer to call (Wellness Together Canada), a free health number to call (811 in Canada) and a medical support person at a walk-in clinic (which isn't open weekends). Anyway, what happened... I hugged someone and they picked me up ever so slightly, maybe a foot off the ground. I lifted my leg and wacked my toe on a kitchen drawer pull. Wham. Problem. For some, no big deal. A PTSD sufferer... Level 10 crisis. Steps for a PTSD  sufferer... well...  I've now ordered some slides to wear indoors to help protect my feet. Also, people won't be man-handling me. At all. This was my wake up call of how easy things happen. I ordered a medical boot from Amazon  A support team has been carefu