Browsing category: Voluntary Simplicity

Some Thoughts on Accepting Personal Responsibility

I have trouble buying into the idea that everything that happens to you in your life is the result of choices you have made… and that with properly-focused thoughts you can control your life, your success, your health, and your future.


Homemade Laundry Detergent — Yes Or No?

Reader question… “I was wondering if you make your own laundry detergent.”


Downshifting To A Simpler Life

Downshifting means working towards simple living by making conscious choices to leave materialism behind and move on to a more sustainable lifestyle. It does not mean simply cutting back and trying to live the same life only with less money.


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.


How To Be Happy In A Mostly Unhappy World

Everybody wants to be happy, but many people don’t realize that happiness has to start with “you.”


What True Frugality Is… and What It Is Not

Have you ever noticed how many of the same people who are trying to promote a simple lifestyle make frugality into a negative concept…


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…


What We Don’t Say

We all know that what we say can be hurtful and that something said in anger can leave scars that may never go away. What we often don’t think about is that what we don’t say… or what we don’t do… can sometimes hurt even more.


Why We Chose Voluntary Simplicity — Sometimes There Is No Tomorrow

Sixteen years ago my husband and I were still spending most of our time at work running a thriving business we had created. Financially everything was great…