11 Responses to “3 Dire Reasons to Simplify Your Life”

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  1. I only made it to tired and sick, Courtney :) And then it still took me awhile to begin simplifying. We humans are fascinating aren’t we? I hope our stories can save others from having to take it so far. I hope they can enjoy the beauty of a simple life before they get tired, broke, or sick. If not, at least they might be able to start a little sooner.

  2. Courtney Carver

    We are fascinating Sandra! (and sometimes stubborn) ;) I hope it helps too. Thanks for your feedback.

    • Lilith Z

      I am a new minimalist.
      I read almost all your posts,and I like it.
      There is a big problem confused me recently,if i wanne be a minimalist,and life in this way,how can I earn enough money?
      I have a job,but I think it’s meaningless.

      • Courtney Carver

        Hi Lillith, I think the first step is to realize that you do have options and can consider other types of work. Make the most of the job you have now while you figure out what you’d really like to do and what it will take to make that happen.

  3. I got number 2 first and then the others just tumbled in on top!

  4. Rose Cole

    Dear Courtney, I found this website last August a few days after coming home from the hospital with a stroke. I was a 54 year old Critical Care Nurse who was absolutely fried; burned out to the core and I realized that if I did not get off the hamster wheel I was going to die! I had been slowly moving toward the idea of a simpler life but was being held back by the mindset of living to work instead of working to live. I decided to change all that one minute, one hour, one day at a time. It was very therapeutic to go through my house and closets and get rid of the very things that no longer mattered to me. I decided to stand firm and take a step back and just stop spending money and living a simpler life. Now I am back at work as a RN but on my terms. I am working on an as – needed basis and have the option to work more or less to suit my needs. I now have time to take my yoga practice off the back burner. I have time to get out and enjoy nature. I have time to cook nutritious meals at home and take care of my self. I have time to actually read a book.
    I am here to tell everyone not to wait until you have a major health crisis. Life is too fleeting and short. I have spent the last 35 years not even knowing on some days what the weather is like out side or gobbling my lunch standing up at the nurses desk. It finally caught up with me. It is so not worth it. Am I having to live on less money now? Yes, I am but the benefits way out weigh the need to have more, spend more, buy more and that, in the end, is what matters.

    • Pam

      Rose,

      Thanks for your reply to Courtney’s terrific post. I guess I was lucky, with just a TIA (“mini stroke”) that lasted all of 5 minutes, a week ago today. But I am living like you did, and I cannot do that anymore, if I want to have a life. My mother said many times that the “wake up call” starts out quietly, but can turn into a sledgehammer if one fails to listen. So scary!

      Courtney, your blog is already helpful, although I just found it today. I do not know how to simplify, or how much. I just know I need to do so. This afternoon, I decluttered my dresser, pulling some jewelry I never wear to give away or sell. It’s a start.

      Thanks.

  5. Randi

    Oh my gosh Courtney, I was so glad to read this last night!!! After an exhausting & stressful day from fast paced demands from kids, family members, house chores & the daily grind, I was Wiped Out!! But was very comforted by reading this post & seeing that I am not alone. I came back to reread this post again & I am now going to have a much different day than yesterday. Today is going to be a much slower day for me & that will require me to saying No to several things but I see from you & others here that that is what is required for us to live better lives. THANKS SO MUCH to you, your blog & all the others who comment & tell their experiences here. I am forever grateful : )

  6. I made it to one. and stopped right there. Intuition told me what would follow. I might not have a full-time job or a car, but I do have my garden, my life and the ability to travel when the opportunity sees that it fits. Priorities are where you place them…

  7. Paula

    As usual, very inspiring! I am glad to report that since i’ve started reading your blog about 2-3 years ago now… wow, time does fly! I’ve become a better person, healthier, happier and I have been putting myself first, my health, my overall well being before any demanding job/boss I can have, any stressful or unhealthy relationship I have to deal with or the busiest day I could come across.
    I choose eating healthy, working out and keeping calm before anything else.
    Thanks, Courtney!

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