A Delicate Balance

If you're like me, you are stressed, tired, and overwhelmed - finding it a challenge to maintain the simple lifestyle you crave

The Immense Power of One Simple Word

For a number of years I have been practicing the discipline of One Word. One Word is the simple act of selecting a single word (not a phrase, not even two words - One. Word.) on which to focus throughout your entire year. This has never failed to both dramatically challenge me as well as … Continue reading The Immense Power of One Simple Word

A Mary Christmas

First let me say, I promise that I am going to continue posts on the S.I.M.P.L.E. acronym after the first of the year! For now, like many folks, our family has had much going on this holiday season and margin is tight. (Goodness how December gets away from me!) But, coming home from a Christmas … Continue reading A Mary Christmas

Identifying Your Priorities

After revealing a bit about our spending habits, (in my previous post Spending Significantly Less) it makes sense to think about what our true priorities are. Not what the world dictates that they sihould be, but what matters most to you deep within your heart. If you delve in to find that your biggest and … Continue reading Identifying Your Priorities

What Don’t We Need In Order To Simplify?

Today I have taken some time to determine what simplifying our lives is all about. While I am in the throes of minimizing possessions in our home, scaling back my wardrobe, and creating a clearer space at the office, there are many other areas where simplifying is just as important in order to begin leading … Continue reading What Don’t We Need In Order To Simplify?

A Blank Slate

There’s nothing quite so simple as a clean slate. A blank page staring back at me, waiting to be filled with something worthwhile. Something that may inspire someone, give new perspective, or maybe validate someone else’s efforts to live a more minimal lifestyle. But the words don’t come. I sit and ponder the very idea … Continue reading A Blank Slate

The Joy of A Simple Saturday

One week has passed since I completed my 5 Day Purge.  Many things are still awaiting our attention, and will be. Nothing is final. But there is definite movement to keep things going in a positive direction.  I made a list of some smaller, or ongoing projects that I can jump in and complete when … Continue reading The Joy of A Simple Saturday

Day 5: Finding Satisfaction In The Process

Day 5 has come to a close and I made it! I can relax and no longer spend every moment decluttering or thinking about what to do next. And yet, I know that this is just the beginning. Just a scratching of the surface that goes so much deeper to create the life of simplicity … Continue reading Day 5: Finding Satisfaction In The Process

Day 4: Praying For A Second Wind

The purge is nearing completion. Or is it? I am teetering a fine line. Much has been done. Much is yet to be done. I am running out of steam. Instead of gaining momentum and things getting easier as I see progress, I am really getting down to the nitty gritty of harder decisions. The … Continue reading Day 4: Praying For A Second Wind