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Live Simply in 2019, February Mantra: Stick To Your Systems

Conceived during moments of epiphany, revelation, and ambition, the systems we build into and for our lives become integral to our overall functioning. We design them (or have them designed) because we need them in place in order to go about the business of being our best selves. Without systems, our lives are chaotic. The flow of our days is unexamined and unconsidered. The optimal order of operations never nailed down. Without systems, every action ...
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Live Simply in 2019, January Mantra: Begin Now

Begin now. Begin today because today is all we know for certain. Because tomorrow you will wish you had begun today. Begin now if the urge strikes, if the curiosity has bloomed, because the moment it does is the best moment to move into action. Begin now if you are ready enough to answer the wondering "what if?" Begin now, even if all you can manage is a baby step forward, a tiny tweak in ...
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Holiday Decoration Storage Essentials

Everyone (who celebrates Christmas) just unpacked all their decorations, and realized, once again, the sad state of their holiday storage situation. Haggard boxes. Stray cookie tins turned ornament vessel. Cracked bins. And oh, good lord almighty, the lights. The state of the lights was almost enough to cause them to have an aneurism, or at the very least some serious marital anguish. But this is the year! They've decided. This is the year that when ...
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Monday’s Meditation: On This New Day

Today is a new day. I'll say that again. Today is a new day. Today, you are not just starting back where you left off last night. When you blinked your eyes open in the darkness, you restarted. You left behind everything that happened yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before that. The heaviness of the past is a weight you processed in your sleep. It escaped through your dreams like vapors. ...
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Designing An Organizing System That Sticks

Just as not having enough of a clearly defined system can be the quickest path to chaos, having an overly complicated system can similarly derail even the best intentions. I once knew a woman who operated a clothing resale business. To keep track of her ever-growing inventory, she instituted a system wherein every garment received a bag, which was tagged with a code number, which went onto a particular shelf. Now, if hers was a ...
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