Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

The Promise of Each New Day

“That’s when she knew the truth. Life wasn’t meant to be perfect. Instead, it was a series of glorious imperfections, made better by the promise of each new day. While every night could bring regrets and disappointments, each morning the sun rose again.”


Some Thoughts About Staying Motivated

“I was wondering if you could share some advice. How can I stay motivated when I have a lot to do or a large project ahead of me? You seem to accomplish so much. I always have lists of things that need to be done but I keep putting them off.”


As Long As You Derive Inner Help and Comfort…

“As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, you should keep it…”


That Very Ordinary Life

Suddenly their most fervent wish is to somehow be able to go back to the life they had “before”… back to that very ordinary life they probably took for granted and perhaps even felt dissatisfied or unhappy with.


Taking That First Step

Change is hard… and big change is REALLY hard. I think that’s why so many people are often resistant to making changes in their lives. They will stay in situations that make them unhappy… continue to work at jobs or in professions they hate.


Learning To Say No

Reader question… “I have been working hard to bring more simplicity into my life but in one area I am struggling big time. I am on countless committees, in groups and organizations. I’m always being asked to make or donate something for all the various events.”


Sometimes It Takes a Closer Look

These violets are almost hidden in the tall grass of our meadow… it would be so easy to walk past and see them only as patches of color.It takes a closer look to really appreciate the spectacular markings and the simple beauty of this tiny flower.


But I Think an Intangible Something Has Been Lost

When I was a very young child, my parents “sugared” every spring. We spent many long hours wading through the deep snow to gather the sap, and even more long hours huddled around the fire waiting while the sap boiled. It was a lot of work…


An Easier Way to Wash Dishes

Do you really, really dislike washing dishes? Apparently most people do… how many times have you seen washing dishes listed as the one most hated household chore? I am convinced that it is HOW you wash the dishes that makes the difference.


Some Thoughts on Staying Home

Reader question… “I’d love your thoughts on ‘staying home.’ Not as a stay at home mom, but just in general. Allow me to expand on this.”