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Great Links for a Good Life * Feb 2015

Great Links for a Good Life - Wild Flowers

Welcome to my occasional collection of exceptional posts from around the web, inspiring resources to help you live the best possible life, and sometimes a book or two.  Enjoy!

I hope you find something here that sweetens your day and enhances your life! I would love to hear which articles resonated for you.  Be happy, be well!  With love, Sandra

P. S.  And, if you have a moment, please share the goodness on your favorite social media site.  Thanks!

10 Ways I Embraced Simplicity and You Can Too

Simplicity: Sun and Moon

Imagine extra time and energy, the chance to pay down debt, deeper connections, better health, improved quality of life, more meaning and purpose, less stress, and honoring the environment for a start.  These are just some of the benefits you can gain by embracing simplicity.

When you engage in simplicity, you’ll naturally begin to think about what really matters in life. Hence, simplicity can be an incomparable path of personal transformation as well.

I wouldn’t wait a moment if you feel called to simplify. Like Joshua Becker and his family, you might discover that the “abundant life is actually found in owning less.”

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Flipping The Switch: Materialist To Minimalist

Single White Rose

This is a guest post by Robert Wall from Untitled Minimalism.  It’s the first post in my new occasional series, Stories of Transformation.

I never wanted to be a minimalist.

I actually liked my stuff. In fact, I liked it so much that I had huge piles of it at five different addresses. I had an apartment full of stuff, stuff at a friend’s place, stuff in an unused office (rented – not in my apartment), and stuff in two separate storage units. All of these places were packed full, and none of them were neat and tidy.

What I wanted was to get all of my stuff under one roof. Due to discovering a decluttering book in my messy front closet, I’d even convinced myself that I could part with some of my stuff in order to be able to “get control”.

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Is Wisdom Lost in Your Journals?

Is Wisdom Lost In Your Journals?

Do you have a stack of old journals taking up space?

When I moved to France in 2006, I put two file boxes of “important” papers into storage. Although I retrieved those boxes in 2010, I haven’t looked inside them once.

A few days ago, as part of my simplicity quest, I took aim for those boxes and discovered 6 personal journals inside.

I immediately tore out the pages and put the gorgeous covers into a recycling bin. This clever idea comes from Tammy Strobel, who lives in one of the tiniest spaces possible.

Admittedly, a few insightful gems popped off the musty pages as I quickly browsed through.  But, for the most part, the sheets regurgitated passing emotional states and long-forgotten unimportant circumstances.

I wondered, “What’s the point of faithfully recording transitory thoughts and emotions?”

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Finding Freedom & Happiness in Simplicity

Do you ever long to escape all the complexity of life?  If you’re like me, simplicity sounds appealing at times, but it can also feel impossible to achieve or overwhelming to begin the process.

Lucky for us, Tammy Strobel, creator of the Rowdy Kittens blog, has produced the perfect user-friendly blueprint for simplifying your life.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap), How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too explains the logic and freedom of simplicity and shows you doable step-by-step actions that will help you get a handle on all that is “too much” in your life.  Replete with engaging stories, honest, and intelligent, this simplicity guide is easy to embrace.

Don’t worry about that word “radical” in the title.  As Strobel assures us, there are many different versions of simplicity and the key is find your own level of simple comfort.

Materialism and Its Link to Depression and Low Satisfaction

Strobel bought into the “American Dream” at a very early age.  Ever since she was a kid, she says she wanted,

“…a house in the suburbs, with my own washing machine and dryer, a big kitchen to cook huge meals, and an extra bedroom for guests to stay in when they visited.”

After graduating from college, she took a job at a financial investment firm and set out to achieve her fantasy of the good life.

Soon Strobel found herself sinking into depression despite having a promising but not fulfilling job, a nice car, a closet full of clothes, and a great husband.  To alleviate her feelings of dissatisfaction, like many of us, she went on regular shopping trips to the nearby outlet mall.

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Minimalism vs. Moderation

Ice Melting, Global WarmingMinimalism is in serious need of a marketing specialist.

99.99% of us – or more – will not be magnetized by the word “minimalism.”  When it comes to first impressions, it sounds too harsh and austere.  And not fun either.

On the other hand, “moderation” sounds far too bland and boring.

Hopefully, someone will sort this out.  They will give us the perfect word for the perfect movement to get the world back in balance.  The one that gets everyone all  fired up and happy.  It’s definitely not “global warming” or “climate change.”

You see, we’re in a pickle.  According to the Center for Sustainable Economy to sustain present levels of consumption, we would need 1.5 earths.

Have you seen any extra earths around lately?

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