Minimalism begins again

Another day and a realisation that I can’t keep having so many things as it complicates decision making. So after a week of doing something which I thought I’d like and ended up not liking I’ve purged my technology and blitzed away a computer I won’t use and now have it as a server to store and use as required as opposed to have two main computers to work on. Now I have my MacBook air and i can remote to the server if I require to do so for work.

I’m refusing to go near the gaming temptations of windows 10 and instead focussing on the creative outlet that is my MacBook air, iPad and soon to be iPhone. One ecosystem to better spend my time on delivery not organisation.

Next to cull will be this desk and hand it to my daughter so she can do her drawing and school work on hit and I will work from the couch, beanbag or anywhere I like.

The small changes in everyday life

I’ve become disenchanted with my day job, I have bad dreams about mortality and all of this leads me to believe that the goal is now to up skill myself to do freelance work of any kind and gain control of an area in my life which lacks control and direction.

I fill my day in planning for this dream however currently the biggest issue is finding the write laptop/pc to do this work in, as I have many interests around writing, photography and developing things. It all points to apple products, but the cost is a barrier despite all signs pointing to them being my only choice. Then it will be finding the time to up skill, during the time of family and work of which family always come first.

Even writing this blog post and feeling the click clack of my MacBook air keyboard is giving me the itch to be all that I can be to use a cliche.

Namaste
Tom

Been a while

I’ve been fighting against sick kids, sickness myself and a full time job that just makes me sick of computers by the end of the day.

I’ve put off posting for those reasons but also because not much else has happened that I could write a significant post about. So while this shows no sign of abating I plan to write more regularly but they will be smaller posts in general. Hopefully something good on the way regarding my writing progress, spirituality and minimalisation as there have been value changes in life.

Namaste,
Tom

The Soldier (ANZAC DAY)

Far away in a place I’ve never been
He stood for what he thought was right
Surrounded by his fellow soldiers
Ahead stood the enemy of their cause

Waist deep in mud and death
Exchanging gun fire to an enemy hardly seen
In a suffering fight for every inch
He fought on boldly for what was right

I can’t imagine the sound
Can’t imagine the images
That bore into his eyes every day
That shattered his ears every night

The screams of his mates as they died
Piling up around him, minute by minute
To feel the pain of death every second
To see it every day

Yet by a passion and courage
That I’ll never know
He kept on fighting against the odds
Till he was wounded, dead or he won

He’s the soldier that never comes home
The ones that march every ANZAC day
In every war Australia has been in
Standing up for a cause and a better life

I salute you, like so many others do
The sacrifices you made
The courage you showed those times
An international legend, A national hero

by Thomas McKenzie

The realisation of minimalism

I’m slowly burning through all of my possessions and donating those that are still useable and removing those that are not. What once was a dual monitor setup, with 4 hard drives and 2 different mice and keyboards has now shrunk down to a simple MacBook Air and network storage.

I hardly watch any movies anymore, appliances are becoming less used, and all my music is digital, but when it comes to reading I’m still 75/25 paper vs Kindle. That is where I am at and that is where I’m going to stay.

As a minimalist person I want to be rid of all things that don’t add value and it’s working great but as a writer I love my books. I’ve always written best in libraries surrounded by knowledge, quiet and the smell of paperbacks. I’ve never been able to find the creative vibe anywhere else except for a 45 minute commute on a train in the morning. So I’ve realised that I can only go so far to make my minimalist life and keeping my books around will inspire me to write more, give me relaxing reading time and be a haven for my kids as they grow up. I am planning on turning our lounge room into a personal library, not a massive big one, but a place for knowledge, quiet and smells.

Interesting to add here is that should any books be destroyed or lost, I have no emotional response as they are just books and as I’m not a rare collector all are easily replaceable, digital or otherwise, so it’s more of a standing artwork than a book collection. One that just so happens to have millions of pages, billions of words and smells rather musty.

Namaste

Goal Setting – My Failure

Numerous blogs, numerous plans and numerous best intentions have passed me by, failed me and have fallen into disrepair through no fault other than my own. The ebb and flow of creative drive when working a 40 hour work week fluctuates up and down like waves in the ocean.

The past 2 weeks however have been an utter hell in that 40 hour week and I am starting to see the impact on my health, personality and life outside of work. So I have to say enough is enough and start working on getting out and making this world a place I want to work, play and live in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The first step is to write anything, I have many projects on the go however I always try to focus on just one, even when my mood isn’t in it. So from now on I will write anything, anywhere and anytime. I have set up this goal and set up social media and intend to use it more than before, to post snippets of work, photographs, working snapshots and random thoughts.

Commentary on writing will be the main focus of this blog. I look forward to your readership.

Tom