Elemental Simplicity: Finding Your Values in 4 Everyday Moments.

“Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones What are we looking for overall? What do we want to do with our limited time we have on this planet? Well that’s for you to…

Slowing Down to Find Your True North

I was sitting looking through various simplicity blogs this morning and I found them extremely varied in their “purpose.” Some were about financial simplicity where the author was aiming for purchasing less and saving on the daily essentials, others were focused on the Marie Kondo-type journey of getting rid of clutter while some were connecting…

Cookbook Review: Pretty Simple Cooking

Let me just say this cookbook has more than earned the 5 stars I’m giving it here. Anyone who knows me knows I have a teeny bit of an obsession with making food less than 10 ingredients that are filled with fresh, bright flavors, very plant-forward and somewhat “Californian” in nature. I swear I thought…

Recommended Reading: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

About the Author: Jonathan Safran Foer is widely known for his novels, “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” A “mostly vegetarian,” After the birth of his son, he wanted to dig into the realities of life with animals. Overall Plot: The book is not simply another vegan or vegetarian cheerleading, meat shaming…

The long meandering search for values

First, why care about values at all? Time and time again I run into intellectuals and therapists speaking about how our actions should reflect our personal values. Mark Mason, the popular author of “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck writes extensively about values. Well how can we know whether this is true or…

Rituals

Children have a natural affinity for rituals. They brighten at all of the precious moments of a birthday, not just the moment the presents are opened. They enjoy eating by candle light and my girls love setting their table with cloth napkins and pretty china they picked out. Children model rituals in their play. Tea…

When It All Came Down Around Me

D is for Doozy Divorce is a doozy, but somehow we made it through still good friends and supportive of each other in countless ways. The warning you hear sometimes is about your finances. We were never huge savers when together but C was in charge of the money and I tried not to spend…

Simplicity Manifesto

I looked at Chris a few weeks ago and said. “I want to own as little as possible.” He agreed. I think I finally put words to a nagging feeling that had been building over the weeks and months. I grew up in a house of wants. My family always wanted more. As Americans, it…

Rehydrate with Healthy Homemade Gatorade or Pediayte

As the weather heats up here in central Texas, I find myself extremely parched more often that I would like. Although I down water, my body often needs some real hydration. If you have kids, you are familiar with the suggestion of pedialyte to rehydrate after or during illness or whenever fluids are needed. Unfortunately pedialyte is filled…