Posts Tagged ‘simplify life’

Why we like camping with our children

This is not an exhaustive list, but rather the starting point of the conversation, of why we like camping with our children. Camping is our untethered, minimalist, intentional family time. Creating the love of learning and adventure is the reason we camp with our children. Read the rest of this entry »


Happy Travels |Travel Lightly

Happy Travels

As we travel – on plane, train, and automobile – I observe people and their behaviors.  Most people have more baggage than they can carry.  Many people act rushed and rudely.  And more people than not, do not seem happy. Read the rest of this entry »


Summer Vacation: untethered and unplugged

Imagination and DiscoveryIt is officially summer vacation for us.  I decided to contemplate summer, and what I want for my family this summer.  I am looking for one of those good ole’ fashion kind of summers where the children run barefoot and drink water from the garden hose.  Read the rest of this entry »


Why I Run

This past weekend I attended a Mindfulness Retreat at Cedar Creek in New Haven, Missouri.   Nestled in the rolling hills of wine country, I felt surrounded in peace and tranquility.  The retreat was beautifully orchestrated by the Ladies Ministry at Morning Star Church.  The theme was “Why Do You Run” with Kristen MyersRead the rest of this entry »


One Size Does Not Fit All

Several people have asked for an update on our big, small move.  It is important to point out that one size does not fit all.  My size is not your size.  Nor am I writing this to judge your size or suggest a size for you.  My intention for myself and in sharing my story is that we all may be more mindful of our size. Read the rest of this entry »


Useful & Beautiful | Create Space in Your Home

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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.  ~ William Morris

This is an excerpt from my 8 year-old daughter’s blog post, titled “Useful and Beautiful – Love and Peace.” 

“Today our mom asked please go through your things and put in a pile what you want to give to the crisis nursery and good will. Read the rest of this entry »


A perfectly present day – a gift in every way

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Mindfulness by Emily

As I wrap up this day, I decided to tie a bow on and share it with you.  Today was a day of all important and non-urgent matters. Here is a snapshot of living in the flow – happiness now and a clear vision for the future.  You know when you experience it…contentment, joy, peace. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s a Journey, Not a Race

Reviewing my journal, I realize how far I have come. I thought I would share this exerpt with you as a follow-up to Peaceful Bedtime | Purposeful Life.  I am here to offer you hope and inspiration.  If you find yourself running the rat race, you can choose a new course.  You can have peace and happiness without doing it all, buying it all, and consuming it all.  It only takes small incremental changes today to make a significant difference in tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »


The Joy of the Right Brain

The more I experience life, the more I realize true living, my being resides in my right brain; most of my doing occurs in my left brain.  Because I prefer being over doing, I am exercising and training my right brain.  I believe our happiness and bliss lies in our right brain, so I schedule right brain activities for myself and my children daily. This is conscious parenting, and gardening with intention and purpose.      Read the rest of this entry »


We’re being it: more with less

We are officially committed to simplify life. We met with the architect to create a family oasis, our own little haven of peace and serenity. The plan is simple, mindful, and half the size of our current home. Because of decisions we have already put into practice, we are able to be more with less. Read the rest of this entry »