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Archived Since:July 6, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A Father’s Manifesto: Raising Young Men Who Respect Women

By Leo Babauta The shootings near Santa Barbara on Friday night hit too close to my heart: my daughter attends college at UC Santa Barbara and lives in Isla Vista, minutes from where this tragedy happened. She’s safe, but shaken not only by the nearness and severity of this hate crime … but by the […]

Turn Inspiration Into Action

By Leo Babauta How many times have you read a great article, or had an idea, or wanted to make a change … but then didn’t? It’s one of the biggest frustrations for people who read this site: people blame themselves for not implementing a plan to change habits. It takes a switch in gears. […]

Coming Back From a Setback

By Leo Babauta I set myself a challenge recently, and I’ve been failing at it. I decided to only eat bland food, with no variety. The month is only 2/3 over, but I’ve struggled much more than I’d anticipated. It’s such a minor setback, but it’s made me feel a little depressed sometimes, and I’ve […]

The Gift

By Leo Babauta Three people are given a magical gift by a luminous, kindhearted fairy. The gift is that for just one hour, they get to experience magic and wonders. This limited time is filled with visual delights, food of the utmost deliciousness, amazing people with incredible talents, and love. The first person is a […]

A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life

By Leo Babauta I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out what do do with her life. She writes: ‘As a high-school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts […]

No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids

By Leo Babauta When my friends Joshua and Ryan took their new book on minimalism on a huge tour, one of the most frequent things they heard was, “I could never be a minimalist because I have kids.” To which they’d respond, “Our friend Leo is a minimalist … and he has six kids.” And […]

How to Make a Marriage Work

By Leo Babauta I’ve been happily married 11 years, and I’m still as in love with my beautiful wife Eva now as when I first fell for her 13 years ago. That’s not to say we don’t have our problems and arguments, but we’re getting better and better at making it work. I realize there […]

Love Notes

By Leo Babauta I’m a bit of a neat freak — I like things decluttered and clean. And so when people in my house leave things around (which happens when you have lots of kids, naturally), I catch myself getting a little frustrated. “Why can’t they clean up after themselves?” I’ll catch myself thinking. I […]

Flavorless: My Month of Food Boringness

By Leo Babauta For the month of May, I’ve decided to take my Year of Living Without challenge to a new level: I’m going to go without food reward. Basically, I’ll be eating the same very bland foods over and over again, with no variety. That means I’ll eat the same three unseasoned foods every […]

The Letting Go Ebook, Free

By Leo Babauta Today marks 41 years of wonderful life that I’ve lived, and as a birthday present to all of you, I’m publishing a free ebook: The One Skill: How Mastering the Art of Letting Go Will Change Your Life. Last year I started a tradition of giving people gifts on my birthday, to […]

The Miracle of the Self-Compassion Habit

By [Leo Babauta](http://leobabauta.com Let’s hypothesize that there’s a substance that’s been irritating you and causing problems in all areas of your life: it causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted, to be angry with people, to be dissatisfied with your life, to be overweight and unhealthy, to not exercise […]

How I Tackle a Big Writing Project

By Leo Babauta Writing something big is one of the things people tend to procrastinate on the most. It doesn’t matter what the writing project might be: writing a novel, a non-fiction book, a long article, a thesis paper, a bunch of pages for a website. Whatever it is, the writer will find a way […]

The Habit Action List

By Leo Babauta There are a ton of people who read self-improvement blogs and books, but never but them into action. They engage in what’s sometimes called “self-improvement porn”. I’ve done this myself in the past — it was a form of fantasizing about how I was going to make my life better, get my […]

The Reality of This Moment

By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading this, pause and expand your awareness beyond your computer/phone … what is the reality of this moment? You’re reading, and there are a bunch of other tasks you want to do on your computer, yes … but there’s also your body. How does that feel? There’s the […]

Confidence in Your Business

By Leo Babauta The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things. I’m not talking about casino owners or pimps or politicians or corporations. I’m talking about good small business owners who become marketers. Let’s say you have a blog, and you […]

10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day. Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. So what should we […]

On Making It Though Tough Journeys

By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me about a very tough journey he and his wife are setting out upon, and asked for some words of advice or motivation though this tough time. Difficult times can be a test of our souls, and as such can be some of the most instructive times possible. […]

The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours […]

What to Think About During Exercise

By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why […]

You’ll Be OK

By Leo Babauta You’re walking down the street, and you’re worried about being late for meeting someone. You’re anxious about what they might think of you. You pass some people and worry a bit about what they think of you, without realizing you’re doing it. You’re worried about some things at work, and all the […]

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