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Category: Breaking Free

Changing Seasons

Seasons are a part of life.  Spring flows into summer, which eases into Fall, which in turn heads into Winter only to ease once again into Spring. Seasons illustrate for us the ebb and flow of life. In the same way, seasons happen in our personal lives.  Toddling children move quickly into the teen years and then ever so subtle slipping into young adulthood. We have our own passing of seasons here at the Simplified Life.  Our oldest is graduating high school while our others are speeding into high school and all the busyness of those years…

Escaping The Hamster Wheel Life

It’s amazing how the busyness of life creeps up on us.  Before we know it we are dashing from job, to home, to sport practices, PTO meetings, the grocery store, gobbling down dinner and praying that nothing really important falls through the cracks.  Deadlines loom and bills need to be paid. Life is busy and life is full.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except when it becomes a bad thing.  All of a sudden we realize how tired we are and we find ourselves praying that our kids soccer season (that just started) would somehow be over already…

5 Practical Steps To Simplify Your Life Right Now!

Monday I asked the question “How Would Your Life Improve If You Owned Less Stuff?“ It’s a question we don’t often ask.  Usually the question is “How Would My Life Improve If I Owned MORE Stuff?” But let’s suppose that your ready to embark on a simpler life.  Lets suppose that you have had enough of keeping up with the “Joneses”, stuff and over-run schedules. The question then becomes “How in the world do I go about simplifying my life?”  It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to have practical steps to walk out. Because let’s be honest – It can be overwhelming…

Five Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

  It asks a great question.  How would your life improve if you owned less stuff?  But it’s a question most of us don’t think of really asking, much less answering.  In our over-commercialized world we usually ask “How would my life be different if I had more stuff?”  A bigger house, a better car, more clothes, more shoes – simply more…

The Power of Stuff: When Simplifying Is Hard To Do

  “We Never Realize How Strong the Grip of Consumerism is on our lives until we try to remove it.”  Joshua Becker @ Becoming Minimalist I have seen the truth of that statement more and more as we continue in our simplifying journey as a family. It’s one thing to say that we are going to get rid of the excess clutter and stuff that weighs us down. It is yet another thing to actually follow through. Intentions will only take you so far. There must be a strong, more compelling reason to help us cross the finish line. If we get real honest with ourselves, many times there are deeper, internal reasons why we hold onto stuff: Fear Anxiety Memories Culture Expectations Obligation Most of us may sense there is a deeper reasoning to why we hold onto or accumulate stuff.  But unless we are willing to dig deeper and identify the things holding us captive, getting free from the power of stuff is a long hard climb. For me it came down to asking myself this one key question…