The Minimalist Nomad: Traveling Lifestyle

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Recently, while I was working at the clinic today, a coworker of mine had asked me about my trip plans to Alaska (I am moving the first weekend of March). This had started a conversation that begun at 9 am and it is still proceeding. One of the questions had stuck out though.

** K: Are you flying or driving?
Me: I am flying.
**K: Nice. How many luggage’s are you taking with you?
Me: Just my backpack and my duffel bag.
**K: Wait…that is all? How much do you have?
Me: Not that much, actually. I travel light.
**K: What all do you own?
Me: A few outfits that I can mix and match, a set of pajamas my tennis shoes, winter boots, heavy jacket, a few books: 5 reading, 5 writing, some pens, feminine necessities, a deck of tarot cards, wallet, phone and laptop.
**K: Wait, that is it? I have a whole bunch of stuff in my house that I could never get rid of. How do you do it?
Me: I’ve never needed much. Just the necessities and a few things that I know I will definitely want to have on me.

(**Kept my coworkers name confidential for legal purposes.)

Traveling, for many seems like a daunting thing, due to the fact that you have to figure out what you are going to bring with you and what you are going to donate, throw away, or sell. Many times, people tend to develop attachments to inanimate objects and begin to feel as though they must save many things, making it hard for them to get rid of things down the road.

When it comes to traveling, you need to think about many different scenarios from flying to sailing to luggage prices and about what you actually need with you. You also need to think about the others that are coming with you, if you have children, and try to figure out exactly what they need to bring as well. With this much going on in one persons head, it can make you go crazy, and in the end, you wind up with a headache or a migraine over this whole thing.

Minimalism is a Zen-living style where you own less materials and objects, and focus more on yourself, family, and living life. As a society, everyone has been creating attachments to inanimate objects, making them seem like they are a big thing, and in which they are not. When you release the objects that you do not need, you begin to feel better, you begin to eliminate any discontent you have, you are able to live in the moment, able to focus on your health, pursue your passions, and you’ll be able to rid yourself of any excess stuff. Doesn’t that sound grand?

Living the minimalist lifestyle, especially while traveling, makes things a lot easier. From relieving yourself from excess objects, you will be able to enjoy life more, and focus on everything around you, instead of accumulating things.

Simple Life, Simple You: Middle Eastern Pizza

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Everyone around the world loves pizza, they cannot get enough of it, in fact, all over the world there are Pizza Huts in different countries and in so many airports. A nice dough that has the right amount of crunch to it, a delicious sauce that creates a barrier between the toppings and the dough, and the copious amounts of toppings that are available, what’s not to love about pizza? Although pizza is delicious, in the end however, it is not all that healthy, especially when you look at the region of the world it is coming from. However, you can make the pizza healthier from top to bottom, when you make it from scratch at home.

That being said, this recipe is lighter, healthier, yet at the same time, indulgent. The dough is very easy to make, for it is known in the Middle East as lavash bread, and it only requires three ingredients. The sauce is made from scratch as well, and it consists of very few ingredients as well. This leaves the topping choice to you to make it completely individual and to your liking.

LAVASH MIDDLE EASTERN PIZZA:

Lavash (Dough):
1 1/2 cups flour (I use gluten free)
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Olive oil
3/4 cup warm water

Sauce (prepared this a couple of days before, to have on hand):
4 lbs. Tomatoes (ripe)
4 large Garlic cloves
1 bunch of herbs (Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary)
1 Black pepper, Freshly ground
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tbsp. Olive Oil

Toppings (as seen in photograph):
2 small bell peppers (with the multi-colored ones)
2 tbsp. chopped onion
Grated cheddar cheese (make it as cheesy as you like)
2 tsp. peppered flakes (I like a nice kick)

Making the Dough:

In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour and the salt together first, working it through. Then add the olive oil, then slowly add the water in at first. After mixing for a few seconds, add all of the water into the bowl, continue mixing until formed into a ball. ** If needed, add 4 tbsp. water more in to mix it up more.

Separate the dough into small balls, sprinkle some flour onto a flat surface, then start flattening it out. You can use a rolling pin. Once flattened, put the lavash onto a pan that is laced with parchment, throw it into the oven at 400 degrees, for 15 to 20 minutes, or at until the lavash is golden brown.

** Makes 10

Making the sauce:

Take the four garlic cloves, chop them, and toss them into the pot to sauté. Cut your tomatoes into dices, then toss into the pot(blender is a great alternative for those who wish to make this a little faster), and smash them with the masher. Have the pot on medium heat as you begin, bring to a simmer, adding the herbs on top. Place the salt, black pepper, sugar, and olive into pot, place a lid on top, turn the heat down on low, and let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. **Add onions or pepper flakes if desired.

If not using right away, let the sauce cool, then place into a jar, and place in the refrigerator.

Putting the pizza together:

After the dough and sauce are done, take one of the lavash breads, and put the amount of sauce you want on it, sprinkle some of the cheese, then add the toppings you desire. Before throwing the pizza into the oven, sprinkle some more cheese on top, then put it into the oven at 350 degrees, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Sprinkle some pepper flakes on top, and serve.

 

**Photo Credit: Loni Hoots

 

Drenching Yourself in Colors: Telling Society to Back off

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We live in a society where it seems that to be your true self is the worst thing a person can do. That if we were to pursue our passions, we could be considered an outcast, that if we wanted to dress the way we want or do whatever we wish to our hair, we would be ostracized. Why? Why should someone feel as though they are an outcast for following their passions and dreams, why should someone be labeled freak, odd, eccentric, for being true to themselves? Why should society dictate how someone thinks, feels, and looks? In all honesty, it shouldn’t.

For thousands and thousands of years, people have constantly felt ostracized for being themselves, for not fitting into the mold that society has created. It seems as though society just wants every man, woman, and child to be the same lifeless robotic shape with no mind of its own and just rely on the opinion of others. However, once someone has stepped away from the social norms that has been dictated all hell breaks loose. Families disown that member of the family for not being “normal”, society shuns that person just as the family did, labels get placed on an individual, leaving an individual all alone and feeling as though they are worthless and at that point they begin to feel the pressure of fitting into the mold that has been created by society.

Not fitting into the mold that has been placed before us by society is invigorating, breathtaking, and it gives us a chance to feel and be free from the social norms. Who wouldn’t want to be free? Free to make your own decisions, to go off and study whatever you want in college or not even go to college at all and just travel the world, or to dye your hair an outrageous color, have a tattoo or piercing that you’ve always wanted.

Let me tell you, to step away from society and do your own thing is the best thing that you could ever do. Saying “screw you” to society will be the best thing you will ever do in your life, for you will finally be in control of yourself and of your life, for you are no mindless robot, you are a human being with a mind, a heart, and a soul that yearns for freedom to be yourself. Isn’t that what you wanted?

 

Zen-Beat (Poem)

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One of the members of a lost generation,
Where the poet takes off down the road,
leaving behind the modern temptation.
Gone are the ways of the old fashioned tradition,
Gone are the white picket fences,
While saying ‘hello’ to the path that was written for I,
and live the nomadic life.
A bag filled with journals, hopes, and clothes,
hopping along this life,
never knowing what the Universe holds.

The Warrior (Poem)

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The ancient stars one night descended,
Danced with the earth,
and your birth was thus written.
The lava seeped through the core,
traveled through the dirt,
and melted with your inner source,
bringing you to life,
Breaking you from the mold that once held you.
Oh, the stars and earth have brought a soul to this earth,
A soul that breathes fire,
A soul that loves with a fierce passion,
For he is a warrior,
Sent to this earth to create his own wild life,
Take on the world,
and to love his goddess wife.

The Journal Entry (Poem)


Oh, how beautiful is she?
She is a beauty that no one else has ever seen,
One that comes once in a million years.
She shines from the inside out,
Deep from the purest heart her body keeps caged and locked away,
Something so grand has caught me, leaving me vulnerable to the elements.
Oh, help me.
For she could never love someone like me,
A mess locked away in a three piece suit,
Sheltering my heart away,
Keeping her at bay,
And myself safe,
Safe from rejection.

Scent of Spring (Poem)


As I sit here
With the french doors open wide,
The see-through curtains try to escape,
As the wind try to whisk them away.

The smell of fresh cut flowers flow through,
At the same time,
The scent of the apple orchards fill the air.
The scents intertwined,
While I sit here
And lose track of time,
Giving this glorious morning
A brand new definition of true beauty.