24 Responses to “The Little Guide to Getting Simple”


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  1. This is great Courtney! I talk with so many moms who say they don’t have time for themselves. I love the way you broke it down with just a few minutes here and there. This is something we ALL can do!
    Moms need a timeout too!

    • Courtney Carver

      Thanks Bernice. So often we get caught up in the “I’ll do that when….” but the perfect time to start is right now.

  2. Awesome suggestions, Courtney! Even this short guide to simplicity is simple…love it. Going to add the ones I don’t do to my morning routine. In addition to these, I add 20 minutes of reading and prayer.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. These are simple, effective tips Courtney. I’m not good about starting the day mindfully. I have an eighteen month old that’s usually demanding my attention before I’m ready to wake up. What I do instead, is make time before I go to bed to breath, meditate and regroup. This really works for me.

  4. I like it! The concept of the post sounds like a book title – “Simplify Your Life In 32 Minutes A Day”. :)

    By the way, on your list, I think you mean “go to bed 6 minutes later”, not earlier….?

    Great post!

    • Courtney Carver

      Robert – Yes, 6 minutes later. Thanks for catching that. ;)

      Hmmm…I’d start working on that book, but am still wrapping my first!

  5. Hi Courtney,

    I just love it! You say all the things i want say but i never seem to have the words to say them.

    First thing in the morning i need to take a bathroom break :)

    Then I salute the sun

    Spend time with God


    Shower and dress

    Eat a good breakfast

    Take a walk

    In an ideal world it takes me about one and a half hours. However sometimes I have other places to be and things get missed or i end spending less time then i would like too. Or sometimes i have to go to work at 6am and then i do only what i have too. But that’s life, its my life.

    • Courtney Carver

      Bev, You can always spread things out through the day too. Give yourself permission to take a break!

    • jill

      Thanks Courtney, this is Great! @Bev Smith ~ Oh I like “spend time with God”. I always think “meditate” and I get restless, but if I look at it as spending time with God, I think it would be much easier, more interesting, and purposeful. Thanks!

  6. The word “Stress” actually relates to wear and tear as when the rubber meets the road on a tire or the brake pads pressing up against the rotor in the wheel. The term as it applies to living organisms was first introduced by Hans Seyle in the 1930’s who defined it as the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Thus stress symptoms are the manifestation of a chronic state of responses to stress triggers that are actually benign. Even a thought can set off the same response mechanism that would be in play while standing in front of a hungry lion. Hence, Seyle’s definition still reaches to the heart of stress management; the idea of the response being inappropriate and engaging in a process of altering ones misperception of pending disaster or imminent danger.

  7. Love the beautiful simplicity of this post, I’ll be adding in the things I haven’t been doing! Mahalo for sharing!

  8. What a beautiful reminder as the season of Lent begins! I chose to give up social networking (fb) this year, and I can’t wait to add this to my 40 days. I’ll be sharing this will all of my friends.

    Thanks for another practical, useful, and insightful post :)

    In Christ,
    Anne Marie

  9. Jen

    Thank you for *giving me permission* to breathe and rest.

    Sometimes, that’s all it takes: someone whom you really admire tells you that you should do something, and then it’s easy to do it. I have always known that I need to slow down and generally take care of my body and mind like I know I should. Since you have now said to do it, I believe I will! :)

    • Courtney Carver

      Jen – It’s been two weeks since you left this comment. Are you breathing and resting. I gave you permission but the rest is up to you!

  10. Simple enough to do every day. I like it…

    And by the way, thanks for introducing me to OmmWriter. It has helped me tap into my inner self.

  11. I love it! I’ve been working hard (gosh that’s ridiculous) to gain more balance in my life and this post just SPEAKS to me. I wish I had a printer because I’d print it out and hang it on the wall next to my computer. Breathe, stretch, drink water, rest, create and love. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

  12. patti

    i simply love how you have broken this down!
    i am going to replace that first coffee with a big glass of water instead.

  13. Breathe! I love that you’ve put that at the top of your list. That is the single most beneficial step I have taken to simplify and create a fulfilling life. Only when we take the time to breathe can we appreciate the space in our lives.

    Thank you for this post.

    • Courtney Carver

      Jason, I think paying attention to our breath naturally slows us down and mindfulness that comes from that adds clarity and momentum to everything we do.

  14. Nin

    I am the type of person who usually wakes up and just bolts out of bed. I don’t have kids I need to run after or anything – it’s just habitual. But it’s not a good habit. For the last month or so I have been very gently going to bed and rising from bed. When I wake up now I just lay there relaxing for a little while (a few minutes) and then I write down what I have dreamed (I do dream interpretation). I start my day by listening to enya and just relaxing and properly waking up before actually rising from bed. I used to drink so much coffee every day (I don’t even know how many cups a day – from age 15 until adulthood!) and after cutting the caffeine and rising and resting slowly I am so much more calm and energetic all at once. I need to get better at breathing though – I will definitely try! Thanks for another great post :)

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