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

Taking a breather SimplifiedLife.netIt’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. Read more

From Couch Potato To Spartan Racer: An Update

Coach Potato to Spartan Racer Update SimplifiedLife.netIt’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 high school ended.

Soon came marriage and four children – all incredible blessings in my life.  Age started creeping in on me, along with some health struggles and an strong addiction to Mt. Dew.

Why it took me so long to start getting healthy it’s hard to say, but I always had a reason to not get started.  I’ve spun all the excuses – Not enough time, not enough resources, it’s raining, it’s too hot, it’s windy, I’m too tired, so-n-so needs me, I can’t, frankly I just don’t want to…..the list can go on for a million miles. Read more

Going Beyond Ourselves: Serve A Neighbor

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WELCOME!  I am so glad you are here.  Every Wednesday I will be sharing (1) tip to inspire you in leading a simpler life.  It won’t be anything hard or something I haven’t tried myself.  Living a simple life is a conscious choice made up of small steps every day.  So here is our small step for today.

Week #17 – Serve A Neighbor

The more I work to pursue a simpler life, the more I realize that by clearing the clutter of stuff and full schedules, it makes room for more important things; relationships with family, friends and neighbors. 

Sadly, many of us live in neighborhoods where we don’t actually know our neighbors.  We may know their last names from the mailbox and we may even know their faces from the times we pass each other on the street.  But do we really know our neighbors?  Read more

Say Thank You

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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,


Week 15 Featured Post

 Be sure and stop by this weeks featured bloggers and give them some blog love.  Leave a comment or share the post.  I know they would love for you to stop by.

Favorite Party Ideas – Sweet Little Ones

Dear Mom (Part 1) – Dr. Michelle Bengtson

More Gifts For Teacher Appreciation Week  That You’re Teacher will Love – While I’m Waiting

You can also find all the Featured Post on the Simplified Life’s Pinterest Page.

And there you have it folks! Thank you for coming along on this season of link ups and blog hopping fun.

Show You Care – Week #11

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WELCOME!  I am so glad you are here.  Every Wednesday I will be sharing (1) tip to help inspire you to lead a simpler life.  It won’t be anything hard or something I haven’t tried myself.  Living a simple life is a conscious choice made up of small steps every day.  So here is our small step for today.

Week #11 – Show You Care

In this age of digital communication it is easy to lose touch with the personal side of relationship.  Sure, we can look through Facebook, like a post, leave a comment or send a message..but there is something to be said for showing up in real life to those we love and value.

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