Live Simply Is Hiring!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Live Simply is in need of assistance! There are currently two open positions:

Part time heavy lifter

I’m looking for a part time/ as needed heavy lifter who can help to haul goods from the house to the car, and up and down stairs and move and lift furniture. This person must be a savage beast in the strength department, capable of handling fragile items with agility and crazily coordinated care, as well as being a whole sack of sunshine and good energy in the attitude realm. 

Qualifications for this position:

-Must be an unbelievably reliable person. The most reliable person anyone who knows that person knows. 

-Have a make-it-work mentality about all things

-Ideally, this person has a very flexible schedule

-Has own transportation

-Be able to pass a background check

-Be local to the Seattle area


Part time administrative assistant/ errand-runner 

I’m looking for an incredibly detail-oriented and trustworthy individual to handle administrative assistant tasks, including filing and bill paying, as well as handling retail returns, running errands, etc, on a part-time, as needed basis. This person must be local to Seattle, and comfortable working in a range and variety of locations around the city. 

Qualifications for this position: 

-Must be sharp as a tack, masterfully efficient, and generally on their game. 

-Must have own transportation.

-Ideally, this person has a very flexible schedule.

-Must provide at least two references who can speak to your trustworthy, detail-oriented character, and proficiency with paperwork. 

-Any sort of background/prior experience with administrative assistant work has the potential to make you a shoe-in.


If either of these sound like you, I want to meet you! If they sound like someone you know, send them this post! 

To apply, send a message stating why you’re the best person for the job to, subject line: the position being applied for. 

Live Simply On TV!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Exposure is not exposure is not exposure, if you ask me.

While it’s thrilling (and career-advancing) to be featured by major media outlets, it’s usually the case that your message gets distilled at the very best, and twisted at the worst, in order to fit the parameters of the story being produced.

Mostly, you end up feeling like you presented the smallest nugget of what your work is all about. A nugget is a nugget, mind you, but it isn’t quite the whole pie. (Pretend those work together.)

So when a TV producer sends you an email asking you if you’re interested in talking about the benefits of living simply (and you’re me) it feels like a gift and a really big deal. One worth throwing up on the ole blog.

Click to watch the interview on Seattle’s morning talk show, New Day Northwest.



Monday’s Meditation: On What Weighs On You (That Doesn’t Have To)

Monday, August 14, 2017

There are plenty of my clients whose spaces are severely cluttered. They aren’t “hoarders,” (different needs; different service) but they are headed more towards that direction than not. The excess of stuff in their homes is obvious. The piles are high. The corners are crammed. The contents of the closets are spilling out into the rest of the rooms. The reasonable storage capacity has long ago been exceeded.

They are embarrassed, sometimes even ashamed, to show me their space, knowing full well how evident it is that they have willingly lived in such a state for as long as they have. That they desperately need to make a change is unquestionable.

But there are just as many other clients I work with that have lived with a truly modest amount of clutter and lack of organization. Their closets aren’t filled, their rooms aren’t packed, but each room contains things they’re aware they don’t need or want, and none of it is beautifully organized. They’ve called me on the hunch that their situation might possibly be improved. But ostensibly, they could live for years more without picking up the phone.

Interestingly, although the perceived level of need is not the same, the level of relief that both types of these clients feel after we’ve worked together is identical.

The severely cluttered clients feel utterly relieved to have finally tackled the tasks that have been weighing on them for years. The modestly cluttered clients feel utterly relieved to have tackled the tasks they never realized were weighing on them as much as they were.

Our ability to acclimate to a set of circumstances is both impressive and dangerous. What we are able to tolerate is a testament to our resilience. Our internal wiring (when healthy) seems determined to regulate contentment in the face of all varieties of hardship and ugliness.

But our ability to acclimate can also be the biggest obstacle towards change. We forget that life doesn’t have to be as complicated as we’re making it. We stop evaluating whether our methods are the most efficient ones. We stop asking ourselves, “how much is this bothering me?” And, “how much better could I feel if this were improved?”

Whether the circumstances of our lives are packed to the brim or merely sprinkled with clutter (in all its variations) is irrelevant. The presence of anything that derails our freedom is enough to substantiate a change. The knowledge that anything in our possession isn’t being cared for properly is reason enough to seek a better way. The curiosity about how great it could be is cause enough to explore.

One person’s stuffed garage can be another’s disordered sock drawer.

What weighs on you, weighs on you.

But how long it does is up to you.