Showing posts from December, 2015

Truly Living a Simple Life, or Not

Since my commute to work is a little over a half hour, I decided to try out audiobooks, both fiction and nonfiction, hoping it would help me enjoy my ride a little more. I have found that neither worked for me as I kept missing important parts of the book due to traffic, or the narrator. Recently, I started listening to podcasts and found they are a perfect morale booster for my day.

Today I listened to Playing it Safe on the Slow Your Home podcast series. Mark Shapiro discussed authenticity, both in how you live your life and daily truths. My last blog post discussed the Simple Life principles we live by; and I knew I wanted to write a follow up. The topic of authenticity helped me think about why I don't always feel I live a simple life

Overall, we are meeting the principles we set forth for trying to live a simple life. Daily, however, it doesn't always seem so simple. Over the past year, we have decluttered and I arrive home to a pretty cleaned-up house. The kitchen counter …

Principles of a Simple Life

Our journey to try and live a simple life has been relatively private so far. Although I write about it online, comment on other's blogs about it, and occasionally tweet about it, we have not discussed it personally with anyone outside of our house. When our daughter first came home from college in August, I explained some of it to her, and she, on her own, had already started to to adopt some aspects of it; but we haven't had any family discussions about it either.

A longtime friend agrees she wants to declutter and downsize her home (seems to happen as you age and children grow). A co-worker wants to do the same and live in a tiny house, as soon as she can get her husband on board. I think my boss has a capsule wardrobe, but may not call it that, and I feel I would offend her by asking.

We feel it is more important to just try and live our views, than to explain, proclaim, convince or whatever. We have always been rather private people about these topics to begin with. My u…

Acknowledging Other Perspectives

A different perspective created a more interesting picture. 
Teaching middle school students provides you many, many interesting situations. The variety of comments my classes came up with never ceased to amaze me. Silly, snarky, insightful, naive; words and sentences blurted out with few filters. Our Social Studies conversations could be rich or veer off course in a second.

Often, their comment was on track, but totally different than what I anticipated. A different life perspective created thoughts different than my own. I stopped, paused, thought, and agreed yes, that was another way to look at the situation.

Similar situations happen all the time in our lives yet how often do we stop and take the time to acknowledge another's perspective?

I’ve noticed I don’t always do this with other people in my life. I hear their thoughts and ideas, but I usually dismiss them because I have my own thoughts and ideas. This can happen at home, work, or when with a group of family.

At issue…