Adapted from Brook Noel’s online course. Available for immediate download after purchase.
Simplicity is about spending less time chasing and more time enjoying. It is about spending less time acquiring and more time experiencing. Simplicity is about spending less time managing life and more time living it. Brook Noel
When the simplicity movement burst on the scene a decade or so ago, I’ll be honest—I laughed. I thought simplicity was for people who “couldn’t keep up with life.” I didn’t realize then, as I do now, that simplicity was for people who wanted a better way to live. I, like many of us, had bought into the hype that the more I had, the more I did, the more I squeezed into a day – the richer my life would be.
When I read about the simplicity movement, the thought of “giving something up” made my stomach churn. I had worked so hard to amass and acquire – why would I want to give it up? It wasn’t until recently that I learned that happiness and true joy aren’t discovered in the fast lane.” You might find the exhilaration and excitement that propel you forward – but you won’t find the lasting joy, happiness, contentment and peace we all so desperately crave.
The idea of scaling back and letting go scared me. What if I missed something? I liked being at the “head of the pack” because I believed I had the best view. What I learned was that I could see in front of me – I could see what was coming, but I couldn’t see or enjoy what was happening in the moment.
As I looked deeper and confronted my own fears about the simple life, I realized simplicity didn’t require living in a tee-pee, getting rid of electricity, and eating food I had grown and cultivated by hand (although for some people simplicity might involve those things) … simplicity meant deciding that I would run my life, getting off the treadmill, living consciously and deliberately—making decisions that brought joy. Simplicity means trading in “busyness” for meaning, trading in confusion for clarity, and personal peace.
Getting off the treadmill isn’t easy. We have to combat the many messages we see and hear every day and learn to believe and trust in ourselves. Instead of “buying-in” to our commercial culture, we “opt-out” and forge our own path. The reward for those who accept the challenge is great. Instead of living a life on auto-pilot, you live a life designed by clear decisions that align with what brings you and those important to you, true joy.
In this workbook I share the steps I took to simplify my life.
Includes 106 page workbook – Available for immediate download
- Why walk toward simplicity?
- Recognizing what complicates our life
- Values: a lens through which to view the world
- Personalizing simplicity
- Questioning Clutter
- Taking Action against “Little Stuff”
- Do One Thing at a Time
- Living in the Moment _
- Life is a series of decisions
- Time Evaluation
- Looking at your List
- Looking at your List: Part Two
- Wish Upon a Star
- Make an errand day
- Make a money day
- Thank someone every day
- Attitude of Gratitude
- Simplify your wardrobe
- Simplify your entertainment
- Scaling back
- Simplify Your Meal Planning: Part One
- Simplify Your Meal Planning: Part Two
- Simplify Your Meal Planning: Part Three
- One Month Menu with Recipes and Shopping List
- Easy Menu Planning From the Rush Hour Cook
- Turn it all off
- Learning to Say “No”
- Should they stay or should they go now?
- How Are You Affected by the People in Your Life?
- Making Positive Changes with People
- Ask for help
- Soulful Simplicity
- Moving forward…
Also Available as an Online Class
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