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Live Simply, Live Better

Live simply, so that others may simply live.

The practice of living simply is a pretty foreign concept to most Americans. Furthermore, it’s always relative. Someone who thinks they may be living simply while living in Beverly Hills is likely living far grander than the status quo of a blue collar worker living in a mining town in Pennsylvania. That same mine worker may think they are living a pretty modest life paying the bills, but you look at a poverty stricken family of 8 living in a shanty town in Mexico City and you begin to see that the miner has it pretty dang good. You could even take it a step further and compare that poor family in Mexico to an indigenous tribe in Africa where there is no running water, no sewage, no electricity, no healthcare, no steady food supply, no nothing pretty much, and well, you get the point. “Natural Awakenings”, a nationwide publication about living a healthier, more balanced life published an article in their November 2009 issue entitled “Living Simply”. It absolutely blew my mind. If you’ve ever received one of my “business” cards promoting the website, you see the tagline “Live Simply, Live Better”. You also notice a nice landscape painting in the background that somewhat resembles the logo of the magazine (see page 26 if you have a copy). I’ve been wanting to write an article like this for quite some time to put up on the blog. It is a quintessential principle to understand to truly improve one’s quality of life and make the world a better place for all to live in. There’s so much I’ve wanted to say, but bless my heart, I’m more skilled at putting buildings together than I am words and just haven’t developed an engaging way to compile everything in a short simple format that really gets the point across. Well, the authors, Judith Fertig and Linda Breen Pierce, have done it for me! I applaud their work and insight into this subject and would like to share it with you.

Living Simply from Natural Awakenings, November 2009. See also the follow-up, Recipe For Simplicity

On top of their advice, I begin my own. It is very long winded, unorganized, and digresses quite a bit, mostly because of the large overlap in topics. To simplify one aspect of your life is to simplify several others, so I apologize beforehand for all the criss-cross and repetitiveness you are likely to encounter.

  • Reduce your usage of resources
  • Reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Lighten the load
  • Choose technology carefully
  • Spend More Time In Nature
  • Just say “No”
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