There is one very important day in my path to living a simpler life. I don’t remember the date, but I do remember the day. Chances are, you have the same issues I did, and you don’t even know it. Allow me to explain… I was in my early 20s, married and didn’t have kids when I realized that I had more stresses in my life than the typical: Mortgage is due. Car is running funny. What should I wear? Things that I had never considered stressors, and in many cases I thought were actually positive things were causing me stress, and I didn’t even know it. I Was Completely Plugged In I was the go-to person about pop-culture. I looked forward to TV shows, I was plugged in and knew all of the latest references going around in the office. I knew which movies were coming out and when, […]
One of the things we love about simplicity is its focus on community – people getting together, helping each other, planning events together, and so on. And we also love the way the Internet has leveled the playing field – allowing people a voice, a way to connect, and chance to make things happen. We love a lot of the startups and older Internet businesses making it happen. One of those companies is called Eventbrite, and they recently contacted us to see if we wanted to contribute to their Hometown Hunt project by shining a light on a favorite, local spot that puts on great events. So we thought, why not? As for our local pick, we chose a Seattle place in the Queen Anne neighborhood called LloydMartin. We’d love to hear about your favorites – places that make a community come alive. LloydMartin meets our community criteria because they work […]
The minimalist house in Santa Barbara is prime example that minimal can be luxurious.
I fell in love with a quote that I saw in Vogue magazine about a woman who described herself as being “quite precious” about her closet. “Quite precious?” I was intrigued. It meant that she only had a precious few things in her closet. Don’t you love that? Imagine having just a few “precious” things that you love, with loads of air space between hangars, and only a small handful of folded sweaters and accessories on the shelves. Imagine clean, open space in your closet, and imagine that you can effortlessly get dressed with what you have. My closet was causing me to feel stressed I wanted my own precious closet because mine was causing me stress. In the past my closet had been minimalist and orderly, but I had let it get away from me, as closets can do when you’re not paying attention. I had fallen into the trap of buying clothes on sale […]