20 Responses to “How to Have Your Own Simplicity Summit”


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  1. This is awesome! I love that you guys can talk freely and openly about what you want out of life.
    I am working towards moving out of the family house (hopefully into a tiny house) and have been having similar ‘summits’ with myself and my parents. I love the idea of checking back in at a set point, I think that would really help me keep myself accountable.
    Thanks for the great post!

  2. Tammy R

    I love the title. It is funny that CJ and I separate our money talks from the fitness, healthy eating, and fun we talk about every day on our walks and over coffee. I like your idea of coming to the table with something – questions, an agenda – and that you have specific areas you will address. Thank you for sharing the specifics of how it works in your marriage, so all of us can modify and adjust to our needs. Thank you, Courtney!

  3. Courtney, I love this idea! My husband and I are in the process of downsizing our lives to the next level, just starting. We’ve had many snippets of talks but nothing so systematic. He’s open and eager, but I’m afraid the enormity of all this at once might be overwhelming to him. Any suggestions about that?

    • Courtney Carver

      Sandra, It’s all in the approach and execution. Make sure everyone knows that there are no right or wrong answers and no pressure for major change. It’s simply a conversation.

  4. This is a great idea. Our attempts at conversations about such things sometimes devolves as we lose focus. Setting it up a bit more like I do meetings at work (where I rarely allow focus to be lost) makes sense…in other words, an agenda will be brilliant!

  5. Courtney I think this is a really great idea. Several of these topics can be difficult for couples/families to discuss openly without getting defensive. This is a great method for laying everything on the table and creating real answers to any questions the other person may have. I think this will definitely become a new conversation in our home!

  6. This is a great list of suggestions. I live alone, but found many of your ideas to be one’s that would be helpful to myself in looking forward rather than just living day by day. I had stopped making plans after I downsized and began to just enjoy the days as they unfold, but maybe it’s time to take another look.

  7. Hey Courtney, I know I usually don’t comment (although I read faithfully) but this time I had to tell you how much I appreciate this. Thanks for sharing with us what you actually had on your list – I know it’s personal but you have no idea how much it helps guide my own discussions with my husband. Our “stuff” is different than yours, but reading about how to do it is so much more meaningful with an actual story and real examples. There is nothing vague about this, and it’s exactly what I needed.

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