18 Responses to “Simplicity in Action: Warren & Betsy”


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  1. Bravery, or rather courage, to take those first steps is indeed what beginning to live a meaningful life is all about. The acts that come afterwards are about trusting yourself and learning to live on terms defined by you. You guys express that so well and we love that you use “we” throughout!

    • Hi, Cheryl and Roland. The “we” is so important…and once we decluttered and stopped living so separately it was a lot easier to add it to our vocabulary! Thanks so much for starting the conversation.

  2. I love reading about people who take action to change less-than-desirable situations. It’s probably easier to complain about it, but it’s much harder to look back on later in life and think, I never tried. Warren and Betsy are an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing their story, Courtney!

    • Hi, Tammy. It is so much easier to complain about it, at least in the beginning. But I grew up with a grandmother who chose the “complainer” lifestyle and I saw first-hand what it did to her (as well as how limiting her life was due to her hoarder mentality). It was as valuable a lesson as I’ve ever learned in my life.

  3. Hi Betsy,
    You have been an inspiration since I found your story. I have been on a path to simply for the last 3 yrs. I think it started with food allergies and then my passion for the environment. I am still looking at how we want to make it work. We want to travel but I dont think my husband is ready to sell the house. He is open to renting out the rest of the house since we have roommates. Right now it financial for us. I am working on a business but the industry that our service is geared to is responding yet. He has debt and trying to pay down a student loan that is overwhelming especially with our govt operating how it is right now. We are looking a trip to hawaii next year. we have one place to stay but want to go to at least one of the other islands there. I know there are many sites to use. I sometimes get scared but I just keep on working on making a difference in my area. We want to travel and work that is what we have been creating for 3 yrs. I have downsized alot of my stuff like pictures , etc. Thanks for the words.

    • Hi, Connie. It sounds like you have a great plan to make your dream happen! Renting your house out is a great idea – one we probably would have chosen if the market hadn’t been so bad when we left.

      Just keep in mind there are many ways of making your dream come true…you can try house-sitting, volunteer travel, and other ways to help fund your way until your business gets off the ground. (We’re in the last week of a house sit in England, where we spent 6 weeks writing as well as having a good time for zero lodging costs…a great way to travel and still have time to work!)

      Best of luck to you, Connie.

  4. So very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story, Betsy and Warren. We can have the life we desire if we find the courage – and also not give into what society deems as a meaningful life. For each of us it is different. But no matter your definition if you can make the choices based on what you want, it can set you free.

    Loved your story!


    • You said it, Barbara. It’s different for everyone, and the key is figuring out what is perfect for you. It’s easy to get distracted by everyone else’s dreams! But just because it sounds good doesn’t mean it’s good for you. (Hey, as an introvert I STILL have my occasional rock star dreams :)

  5. B & W, It is fantastic how you illustrated the meetings and conversations that led to taking the first step. Those talks may even be considered the first steps. Someone has to point out and admit there is a problem to begin with. Great stuff, man. Have a marvy weekend!

    • Hi, CJ. It’s not easy to be the one to say, “hey, this isn’t working.” Thankfully or not, it was so obvious neither one of us had to point it out in this instance. Have a great weekend yourself!

  6. Kathy Mader

    I loved this, so beautifully written. I read something, was it on your site, Courtney?, about how finding our priorities is not “doing” but rather eliminating what stands in our way.

    • Hi, Kathy. Warren and I have a running dispute about the first step to living your dream…he says identifying the things you want in your life, and I saw it’s eliminating all the things you don’t want. Either way, you have to do both to get where you want to go!

  7. As my husband John and I embark on our next leg of living from three suitcases, risking, living, thrilling at the edge of the world of living we’ve chosen to walk on, I read your post here and marvel at the parallel. It is so profoundly real to live here~ Thank you for sharing. I look forward to the time in my life, our lives, where what we are doing, have done, are shared and touch the lives of others in similar ways.

  8. Great story. Change is usually an evolution instead of a revolution. First you talk the talk; then you walk the walk. Congrats.

    • That’s such a true statement, Rick. When I look back what we did was revolutionary because of what it brought, but there was no way at the time to realize that. So evolution is the revolution, because without those tiny steps you’ll never know the possibilities ahead.

  9. I’m so excited to see Betsy and Warren’s story here! I just got to chat with them last week and was so impressed by their story – and totally charmed by their personalities. :-)

  10. Thank you for helping me discover Betsy & Warren’s blog. Their story is so inspiring and has been making me think a lot about what I really want my life to look like. I’ve been sharing these thoughts with my husband and we’ve been having some great conversations about how we can achieve more freedom and have more adventures together. First step: becoming debt-free! We’re working on that.

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