Posts by Annie

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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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