Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

How Do Your Living Expenses Compare with the IRS’s Allowable Living Expense National Standards?

How do your living expenses compare with these government guidelines? The Allowable Living Expense National Standards come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey and are used by the IRS to help figure affordable repayment structures for delinquent t


Why the Extreme Cold and Snow Doesn’t Seem All That Important Any More

Several emails have come in over the last many days asking how we’re managing here with this winter’s extreme cold temperatures and excessive snow storms. Apparently the New England storms and subzero temperatures have become worldwide news.


Except For Those Two Times When We Dug Up Something Else…

I am fairly certain that we have never dug a hole of any size here on this property without encountering at least one boulder-sized rock. It’s a given… we dig a hole, we dig up rocks. Except for those two times when we dug up something else…


Note That This Journey is Uniquely Yours

“Note that this journey is uniquely yours, no one else’s. So the path has to be your own…”


I Think Contentment is Almost a Default Characteristic

I think contentment is almost a default characteristic. Think about how babies and small children are happy with very simple pleasures… they almost have to be taught over a period of years to want something bigger, better, “more fun.”


Two Resolutions That Can Change Your Life

I heard on the radio this morning that every year most people make the same three New Years’ resolutions… to go on a diet, to stop smoking, and to spend less money.


Success, Like Happiness, Cannot Be Pursued

“Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued…”


The Apple Trees in Our Meadow… Heirloom or Wild?

There are apple trees in our meadow… fourteen large trees spaced out in a long uneven row that runs almost the entire length of the meadow. There were apple trees here when we bought this land, and I can remember picking apples from these trees when I was a child…


The Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone…”


Discovering Your “Enough”

There are indeed many good reasons to purge. It makes sense to purge when an item breaks and repairing it isn’t possible or feasible. It makes sense to purge when clothing becomes too worn or faded or no longer fits.