7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered & HOW to release the clutter

7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered & HOW to release the clutter

Inside: clutter is any excess in life or emotional baggage we haul around that weighs us down, distracts from our purpose, or robs us of joy and mind-body-spirit health. 7 reasons your life is cluttered and what to do about it. My husband and I moved 9 times in the first 11 years that we were married. We became experts at taking apart our flat-pack IKEA furniture and often hauled load after load in laundry baskets rather than packing tidily in boxes. It was quicker this way. We were broke […]

Opt out of the frenzy and Say Yes to a Simple Christmas

Opt out of the frenzy and Say Yes to a Simple Christmas

Inside: How might you slow down and make space for a joy-filled, simple Christmas that is, above all, about delighting in these people you share life with? It’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Each Christmas Eve after late mass, fun snacks, and opening one gift each, the little kids and my dad were tucked into bed and my mom and I would get to work. She pulled bag after bag out of her closet – she’d have to work quick and hard to find all the hidden treasures that had […]

Simplicity is a Light, Inviting You Back to Your Soul

Simplicity is a Light, Inviting You Back to Your Soul

Inside: This is a guest post by Lisa Avellan of Simple & Soul. It wasn’t about my stuff, it was only ever about my soul. All simplicity wants is to shine a light on my soul so my soul can shine too. I wasn’t a hoarder, but my home overflowed with “just in case stuff” and “someday stuff” and “when/if stuff”.  I didn’t rack up credit card debt on shopping sprees, but I relied on new clothes and accessories and Pinterest-ifying my home for a temporal sense of confidence.  I […]

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Inside: One of the clearest signs that life has gotten off track a bit is the feeling that I’m wearing someone else’s shoes or trying to walk in their path. 10 ways I plan to keep life simple moving forward. It’s easy to complicate life despite our best intentions. We live with competing tensions and desires and, let’s face it,  we’re messy people. I want to learn all the things and be the expert at everything. But I also need lots of sleep and time to putter and think; I […]

I Find CALM In The Space of In-Between

I Find CALM In The Space of In-Between

Inside: I am no longer afraid of being imperfect or less-than and more afraid of missing my life because I am constantly wishing it away. When I embrace my mediocrity I find calm, here in the space of in-between. I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that. People have argued vehemently against this idea – they don’t agree, they don’t believe this to be true about me, they feel like it is a disparaging comment. But I get to define who I am and I am the […]

My Simple, Imperfect Life is More Than Enough

My Simple, Imperfect Life is More Than Enough

Inside: there are four interconnected, life-giving lessons I’ve learned which allow me to walk with intention and joy today. They require practice, conscious choice, and remind me that I alone get to decide that this simple, imperfect life of mine is more than enough. As my 40th birthday approached, I sensed that change was coming my way. Somehow I understood that this year would be a tipping point. A critical crossroad at which I would stop being pulled to and fro by shifting mood or circumstance and make a conscious decision […]

5 Simple but Effective Practices to Lift Your Mood Up

5 Simple but Effective Practices to Lift Your Mood Up

Inside: 5 practices to help you lift your mood up once again. We all experience low mood though some people seem to struggle more with this than others. It is so important to remember that you are worthy of love and acceptance in spite of your struggle and that you are worth fighting for! Truth time: sometimes you find yourself in the valley or feeling low (again) and not only do you wonder if you’re the only one (you’re not) but you need a reminder that you can take purposeful […]