Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity & Simple Living

There Is No One Way To Do Simple Living Right

I think the most wonderful thing about voluntary simplicity is that it means different things to different people. There is no one way to do simple living right.

A Simple Country Life

Frugality comes naturally to native New Englanders, I think, and most of us already have a strong streak of individuality and an inclination to do things just a little bit differently than the rest of the world.

What Voluntary Simplicity Is NOT

We had been living a simple life for many years before I discovered there was a name… voluntary simplicity… for the way we have chosen to live. Obviously, our version of voluntary simplicity…

Why We Chose Voluntary Simplicity — Sometimes There Is No Tomorrow

Twenty-six years ago we were still spending most of our time at work running a thriving business we had created. Financially everything was great…

What is the Difference Between Simple Living & Voluntary Simplicity?

Reader question… “Can you tell me the difference between ‘simple living’ and ‘voluntary simplicity’? I see these terms used all the time and I can’t seem to find a definitive answer about what each one means.”

The Importance of Learning To Care

There was a sad story in the news about a nine-year-old boy who poured lighter fluid on a kitten and then set it on fire. The boy and two of his friends stood nearby, laughing as they watched the kitten die.

LESS Stuff Doesn’t Equal Happiness Either

Most of us would agree that a materialistic life is not a fulfilling one. More clothes, bigger houses, the latest electronic gadgets, newer and flashier cars… these things might bring temporary enjoyment, but a life based around acquiring things can feel pretty empty.

Appreciating the “Now” of My Life

I have so enjoyed being outside this summer, although sometimes I have felt very frustrated. I’m still trying to get used to being so limited in what I am supposed to do… and to not being able to do so many of the things I always have done.