26 Steps to Simplicity: Intention

The word intention gets a bad rap, especially when paired with “good.”  It implies that you mean well, but do nothing.  I fall into that description more often than I’d like to admit. However, to live with intention, to be intent upon something, implies focus and determination, and it is a key element to achieving a life of simplicity.  When we are focused on attaining the life we truly want to live, we take the steps necessary to get there. [Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Faith

We are shifting gears after what I hope has been a productive week of assessing the mess, identifying the beauty, culling the keepers, and donating the items we no longer need, love, or use (otherwise known as clutter). Now, let’s look at the why behind what we are doing. Creating space in our lives is essential, but there is more to life than being clutter-free.  I talked about this in my post, To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives? [Read more]

A Writer’s Manifesto On Living with Passion and Purpose

happy leap

I’m tired of seeing people live halfheartedly, without purpose or passion (myself included). It is too easy in our Western, consumer-driven society to cover our lack of meaningful living with the pursuit of more things. Shopping, eating, sex, TV, social media- we gorge ourselves on superficial excess and then fall into desperation from our meaningless existence.  All of that striving and buying and hooking up (to people or technology) just leads to more of the same until we finally stop[Read more]

Confessions of a Facebook Addict

Hello, my name is Aimee, and I am a Facebook addict. Over the past six months, in an attempt to get my addiction under control, I have taken two, month-long hiatuses from Facebook (by deactivating my account). In doing so, I made some startling discoveries. How often I was formulating Facebook posts in my head for the everyday happenings in my life.  I caught myself in the kitchen that first day, conjuring up a pithy post about the meal I[Read more]

On Being Resolute and Writing a Book in 2016

This year I am writing a book.  There, I’ve said it.  After taking a few months(?!) off from blogging and intermittent breaks from my greatest distraction in life (Facebook), I have found my desire to write is stronger than ever.  To think I have dreamed of becoming a published author for thirty years but not achieved it yet is confounding to me. This year, I aim to change that, once and for all. Fiction or Non-Fiction? I have been writing[Read more]

Writing Through Writer’s Block . . . and Finding Him

look up fall trees

I have opened a new post entry almost daily for two weeks, and each time, the blank screen inside terrifies me.  I approach it with dread, knowing that the words won’t come- again.  No new thoughts, experiences, insights, observations spur my fingers to action.  I wonder if I will ever write another blog post. To avoid this belief, I search through the thousands of themes available, in hopes of updating my site and giving it new life and purpose.  I[Read more]

Minimalism and the Mindful Shopper

Yesterday, I went shopping.  I didn’t want to go, but my new little soccer players needed shin guards for their first games today.  Kohl’s department store loomed across the parking lot from Dick’s Sporting Goods.  I brought the 30% off coupon that arrived in the mail, just in case.   That coupon nearly burned a hole in my pocket until I could resist no longer. The thing is, I detest Kohl’s (rather, I detest myself in Kohl’s).  They lure you[Read more]

To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives?

In the past several weeks, I have immersed myself in the knowledge of simplicity, of minimalism, and of letting go.  I have already given away half of my clothes, all but two shelves of my books, countless papers, and a small load of kitchen utensils.  But, to what end? Is it a matter of pride?  “Look at all I have discarded, how organized I am!”  Yes, in part, I think it has been that.  Is it a matter of control? [Read more]

Simplifying in September

I know it seems crazy, with all the back to school, season-changing madness, that I would pick September to write a series on simplifying our lives, but . . .  Imagine achieving a peaceful, uncluttered, happy home now before we make a futile attempt to slow down and scale back at the holidays. Imagine saying no to Black Friday and the excessive, budget-busting gift-buying and the stress of trying to juggle a million holiday party invitations and family commitments. Imagine[Read more]

Book Review: The Brainy Bunch (with my reflections on public vs home schooling)

Our local Family Christian bookstore is closing next month, and everything is 50% off, so I took the kids there last week in search of a couple of children’s bibles.  That search proved fruitless, but I did stumble upon a fascinating book that I was so tempted to buy, called The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. I reluctantly left it on the shelf, with hopes that our[Read more]