Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

Why Would Anyone Deliberately Choose a Simple Life?

First let me say that I agree… I wouldn’t be happy living a life of purging, scrimping, and deprivation either… but that’s purging, scrimping, and deprivation, NOT simple living. Done right, simple living should be a positive experience, not a negative one…


Rethinking Multitasking & The Myth of Quality Time

Think about it. In the same way that multitasking prevents you from giving your full attention to any single thing, trying to do several things at once also robs you of the pride in accomplishment and enjoyment that you could derive from each job individually well done.


Some Thoughts on Avoiding GMOs

Reader question… “I am wondering what are your thoughts on genetically modified foods? I am trying to avoid GMOs wherever I can, but I’m finding it’s very difficult and I feel like I’m in over my head…”


Learn to Enjoy Every Minute of Your Life

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future…”


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.


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 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.


Keep Close to Nature’s Heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile…”