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: Cull

Today, in our Blogging from A to Z Challenge, we are going to begin the hard work of simplifying.  Beginning in your room from day one, we are going to cull the clutter. Clutter is a Verb What is clutter anyway?  Interestingly, we often refer to clutter as a noun or an entity, which it is, but essence of clutter is best found in its definition as a verb.  According to Merriam Webster, clutter means: “1. To run in disorder,[Read more]

A Writer’s Manifesto On Living with Passion and Purpose

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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]

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]

Confessions of a Messy Cook (plus a few recipes to try)

    This morning, I resolved to get some baking done before the heat of the day made it impossible.  On the docket:  homemade bread, blueberry muffins, granola bars, and something with zucchini (of which I have a plethora).  Now, I know how to maintain an orderly kitchen as I prepare food. First, you fill the sink with hot, soapy water for dishes to soak in as you use them.  Then, you clear off the surfaces to maximize work space. [Read more]