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Category: Simplified Life

A New Year & New Creative Spaces

It’s hard to believe that I have not written in this space since June.  That’s seven months with a lot of life happening in between.  Our oldest girl has since gradated and is currently overseas in England with an organization called YWAM.  I have to admit that I miss my girl on a daily basis but at the same time I am so excited for all that she is seeing and experiencing right now. The rest of the family is busy with various activities, school, work commitments and growing up.  In this season we’re learning that it’s fun and strange when the kids start getting their own jobs and driving themselves around.  It means a lot of letting go and yet a ton of teaching too.  It really is a strange dichotomy of emotion and excitement to see all the growing and changing that is happening. Talking about change, in my last post “Changing Seasons” I mentioned that I was getting ready to embark on a new enterprenual adventure.  It was so new at the time that I needed time to flesh it out before sharing more about it.  I…

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Say Thank You

    Say Thank You I think if we realized just how powerful the words “Thank you” really are, we would use them more often.  I don’t necessarily mean in the check out line or when the waiter brings you your food – though we should be using our manners there too. I’m talking about taking time to say Thank you to those people who have made an impact in your life.  Maybe you’ve thought about it but just haven’t acted on it.  Maybe your waiting for the right time or when it’s more convenient.  Unfortunately, the longer I live the more I realize that the “right time” and “convenient” are  not things that happen very often – meaning that a whole lot of good words go unspoken. So today I challenge you to be intentional about saying Thank You to at least one person.  Maybe write a note or a letter to them, make a phone call or take them out for coffee.  Your words may just be the difference they need in their day. Keeping It Simple, ~Victoria  Be sure and stop…

Returning To Live In Your Parents’ Basement…at 38

You know, I didn’t actually dream of living in my parents basement at the age of 38.  We’ve all heard the jokes of the kids, now adults, who never leave the nest.  But what about those of us who leave the nest, are gone for 20 years and then return? I will interject at this point that this arrangement is only temporary for our family.  It’s actually part of a larger plan, which is still unfolding. The funny part is the look on people’s faces when I tell them where we’re living.  I can’t decide if it’s the look of pity or surprise, that fleets quickly across their face, that is most humorous.  Maybe it’s the hesitating questions that follow…

Why Simplifying Today Is Better Than Waiting For Tomorrow

I knew this day was coming.  We had talked about it for months – relocating to be closer to family and set up a more permanent home base from which to work and travel from. This time around I was determined not to wait until the last minute to start sorting, throwing, donating, selling and giving away things we no longer needed.  To many times before I have moved things we no longer needed, reasoning that we should hold onto it “just in case.”   Most of the time “just in case” never happened and instead, we continued to store items and take up precious time and resources on things we no longer needed…