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Category: Self-Care

Guess What? You Don’t Have To Do It All!

Did you know that? Did you know that you DON’T have to do it all? I know, crazy thought right?  But it’s true.  In fact, I don’t believe we should try to do it all.  Not only is it not possible, it’s actually unhealthy for us too. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that says we can, and says we should do it all.  It champions those who give out 110% over and over again.  It celebrates the work-a-holic and the one who gives tirelessly without any thought for themselves. We have become a culture that idolizes busy. A culture that runs with no margin in our lives. A culture who says in order to be successful you have to run a crazy pace to stay ahead of the competition. And so we keep going and going and going…

When Life Throws You A Curve Ball: 1 Key Strategy To Stay On Course

Until recently I had never thought much about creating a life plan for myself.  I’ve been in business long enough to have created goal sheets, vision boards, 5 year plans and 10 years plans. And honestly, that’s what I thought a Life Plan was all about. And then I went to Nashville and sat in on an amazing event and book launch that really helped me understand what a Life Plan was and why I really needed to create one…

3 Vital Reasons to Manage the “Yes’s” in Your Life

It was as close to the perfect day as you could get.  We sat there, just me and her, licking our ice cream cones, watching folks as they drove into the square and circled the center statue, deciding with a flick of the blinker which way they would go that day.  Folks walked the street, moving in and out of open shop doors, kids dashed ahead of their parents, only to stop and dash back to make sure they were still in tow.   It was mid-day and just warm enough to not need a jacket.  We sat there in companionable silence, only speaking when something funny or out of the ordinary caught our attention. As I sat there with my oldest girl, I thought to myself – “I am so glad I said “yes” to this moment.” As I sat there soaking in the sun I recalled a conversation I had with her just a few weeks prior. She came to my room, plopping down on my bed. I could tell she had a lot on her mind – Final senior year classes, her part-time job, sports, ACT’s, SAT’s, College…

Why It’s Ok (and often necessary) To Sit Back and Take A Breather

It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for the last four years.  Since 2014 I have been blogging specifically here at the Simplified Life,  and honestly I love writing and creating in this space. As a family we have learned so much, in such a short time, about simplifying and getting rid of the clutter in our lives and creating white space and margin in our lives for rest and re-charging. If you have been following along with our families journey, you know that since the spring of this year, we have gone through a major transition.  Four months later we are still working at re-settling our family into a new home and space.  I had hoped that by this fall we would be settled more permanently again, but things almost always take longer then you hope they will. In the meantime, life has continued through the busy months of summer with family outings, trips to the library, camping, the mundane (but necessary) preparing of daily meals and getting through the mounds of laundry that seem to multiply like rabbits overnight…

From Couch Potato To Spartan Racer: An Update

It’s been 3 1/2 months since I first wrote about my decision to finally become intentional about my health. In my initial post –  “Couch Potato To Spartan Racer”  – I talked rather candidly about where I was in my current health journey and my plan to move myself from Coach Potato to Spartan Racer. Now, I’ll be straight up honest that I’m still not sure if I will make the Spartan Race in August that my brother initially challenged me too.  I know how important it is to be adequately prepared for such a race and as much as I would like to be ready, this body is not quite there yet.   But if not this one, then I’ll keep working away until I do get there, even if that means next year or the next.  Maybe it will be a whole different race.  For me it’s not so much about the race, but about the journey on the way there. As I shared in my initial post, I was a high school athlete.  I loved running and being a part of a team.  But then…