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Live Simply in 2019, July Mantra: Release Expectations

  We're a demanding group of people; have you noticed? We want precisely what we want at the moment we desire it, hold strongly preconceived notions about how long getting what we want should take, how much it will cost, and how much effort it will require. These expectations are so often fulfilled according to our exact wishes (hello, Prime shipping, GPS, et al.), causing us to treat expectations as guarantees. But the world doesn't ...
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Live Simply in 2019, June Mantra: Simplify Schedules

  Embracing a freer schedule is natural, but it isn’t normal in this part of the world. Here, we hurry. We shlep. We carpool, and schedule, and reschedule, and sign up, and register and pre-register. We keep busy. Busyness is the way in which we distract ourselves from having to examine who we might really be and what we might really want. Being busy keeps fear at bay. Fear that children might not turn out ...
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Live Simply In 2019, May Mantra: Revel In The Routine

Routines are magic.  Tasked with making an endless slew of new, additional decisions daily, our overloaded minds thrive when they're able to rely on pre-established rhythms and choices. But when we aren't present to our daily lives, when we're just going through the motions, routines can turn into the stale traps a person dreams of escaping. The way to avoid routine-burnout is to derive exceeding pleasure in the facets of your daily life. And the ...
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Live Simply in 2019, April Mantra: Find Reasons To Feel Good

It was a sunny, Spring afternoon, and I was headed home from a meeting with a fantastic client. I had my windows rolled all the way down for the first time in months, and I was really basking in it. Stuck my arm way out and spread my fingers in the air and everything. A car passed me going the opposite direction, its windows rolled down also, so that the driver's brusque baritone carried directly ...
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Live Simply in 2019, March Mantra: Re-Examine The Familiar

Most of us yearn for familiarity. All we want is the safety and security that comes after routines have been established, relationships have been solidified, and the terrifying phase of the unknown has transformed into the familiar. Our brains, in attempts to conserve energy, begin to ignore what has been deemed non-threatening to survival. It's smart, really. Makes plenty of sense from an evolutionary standpoint. But this kind of autopilot familiarity can be a breeding ...
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