Posts by Annie

Live Simply 2020: April Mantra

There is never a perfect moment. The world is never without strife. The universe is never devoid of suffering. Lately, it’s felt as if there is more hardship and anguish than normal. Communities are united in collective grief, with fear gripping the globe. Yet we are no less in charge of what we choose to…

Read More

Live Simply Virtual Services!

Since its inception, Live Simply has been helping clients to alleviate stress, anxiety, and confusion, resolve physical and emotional clutter, and establish stylish and functional organizing systems. The resounding feedback we’ve been hearing is that the desire to achieve those goals has increased vastly as a result of COVID-19. Though virtual sessions are hardly a…

Read More

Live Simply 2020: March Mantra

  It is so easy to stop. It’s easy to give up and give into the desire to be lazy. It’s infuriating, really, how easily exemplary slips back into mediocre. It takes just a handful of choices; fewer, probably. A closet’s beautifully organized status begins to be undone with a single garment not put back…

Read More

Live Simply 2020: February Mantra

  In almost every couple Live Simply has worked with, there is one person who tends to be more inclined to organization, and one who is less. There is one person excited to plow ahead with growth and progress, and one person dragging their feet and protesting to varying levels of severity. Yin and yang.…

Read More

Live Simply 2020: January Mantra

  It doesn’t matter what goals or resolutions you set, dreams you launch, ideas you create, or relationships you make; it is inevitable that at some point or other, you’re going to screw it up. I know, I know; it’s the first month of the year new–of the new decade!–and the blankness of the slate…

Read More

Live Simply In 2019: December Mantra, Be Light

  After I moved out of my parents’ house, there was a time when returning for visits was terribly depressing. Everything that’s hard about being there (chronic illness and the chaos that goes along with it) would smack me in the face upon entry, and I would wilt away like lettuce. Eventually, I realized my…

Read More

Live Simply In 2019: November Mantra, Forgive Past Mistakes

  Forgiveness is a spiritual reset button. “Begin again,” Forgiveness instructs. Release the offenses incurred, the standards unmet, the judgments rendered. View the situation, or that person, or yourself with compassion. Remember that everyone, including yourself, is sorting through hardships, and (probably!) doing their best to play the hand given. Begin (forgive) again, and again,…

Read More

Live Simply in 2019: October Mantra, Embrace Change

I can’t be totally sure, but I’ve heard rumblings that there are people out there who naturally embrace change. The same thing over and over again starts to feel boring, stifling. They take it upon themselves to move to new cities, get new jobs, make drastic decisions at the hair salon. I envy those folks.…

Read More

Live Simply in 2019: September Mantra, Strive For Excellence

If perfection were possible, we would have attained it by now. If telling ourselves perfection is an impossible goal were enough to convince us to cease striving to attain it, we would have given up long ago. Yet so many of us (myself included) continue to want perfection, and live with the constant disappointment of…

Read More

Live Simply in 2019, August Mantra: Heed Your Intuition

My first introductions to intuition came from spiritual leaders and self-help writers. “Your intuition is that little voice inside you,” they all told me. “It has all the answers.” I took their explanations to mean that there ought to be an oracle dwelling within me, a psychic on constant speed dial who, from their descriptions,…

Read More