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Simple Living - Living Life on Purpose


This is a space dedicated to the practice of simple living - in all its forms. It's one part do-it-yourself, one part inspiration, and one part learn-something.


When I first heard the term 'simple living' I went looking on the internet for more information. I *might* have even rolled my eyes and said "sounds like something for hippies". And I'm a self-identified granola. Most of what I read initially led me to believe that it was a radical lifestyle change. But then I got to thinking and I realized that it doesn't have to be that extreme. I think living more simply is a valuable idea for everyone.


Simple living sounds more intimidating than it should. And that's what we're here to change.


My definition of simple living is easy - living life on purpose. You're swimming somewhere instead of being swept along by the current. Simple living is really just a fancy term for intentionally choosing what's right for you instead of simply following what we're told is right for us. It's putting the responsibility for your life back into your hands. You're the boss of your life. Sure, it might actually mean decluttering your physical space and spending less money. But it also might mean decluttering your schedule and mental space and spending more time doing what you love. Strangely enough, it might mean decluttering less and spending more.


I think the toughest part of living more simply is learning how to be okay with the idea that you're going to do things a little differently than lots of other folks. And that's hard sometimes. It's hard to be different. It's hard to say no. Even when it feels like you've got it all figured out - you'll begin to question your choices again. But that's why we're here - to begin a conversation about the hows and whys that people are drawn to simplicity AND why they keep going with it.


And just to prove to you that everyone's experience with this will be different, here's some of the things that I've taken away from trying to live my life on purpose.

  1. I'm not really any less busy. But I'm busy in different ways.
  2. I'm on a mission to learn how to make it and do it myself.
  3. Simple living is one part inspiration, one part motivation, and one part momentum.
  4. I'm striving for a balance of warm and comfy and messy and clean and organized.
  5. Change is hard.
  6. Sometimes being frugal feels really good, other times it feels really awful.
  7. It's easy to get off track and beat yourself up about where you "should be" in your life.
  8. Comparison is a joy killer.
  9. I like the idea of gardening better than actually gardening.
  10. My version of simple living won't be the same as yours. And that's just the way I like it.


Want to explore more?


Everyday Simple Living - The Blog
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Voluntary Simplicity - The Big Picture
Heard the term voluntary simplicity before? Wondered what it was all about? If you're looking for a great overview, here's the place to start...
Frugal Living Meets Simple Living
What does frugal living have to do with simple living? How do I live more frugally? Click here to find out...
Urban Homesteading - Not Just for Hippies Anymore
Think urban homesteading is only for crunchy hippie types? You might be surprised at how easy and rewarding it can be for everyone. Here we talk about the basic concepts...
How to Get Organized - Simple Living Style
We'll discuss how to get organized - from the bedroom to the kitchen to the office and other ways that life can be more simple.
How to Make Stuff - The Lost Art of Making It Yourself
Modern folks don't know how to make many of the things they use all the time. Follow along with my experiments and learn how to make stuff!
How To Do Stuff - Simple Is As Simple Does
How to do stuff...the simple way to be a rockstar!


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