Taking a Breath

February 17, 2014 in Creating Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott

Path - by Bryon LippincottI’ve been thinking and praying about this post for a while.  And the truth is that I have so little really figured out.

I honestly love writing.  In the last 3+ years that I have been blogging my life has changed. 

I started out wanting to cut back on stuff that was crowding my life and ended up embracing minimalism, traveling internationally, and now committing to staying long term in a job I would have only dreamed of back when I started.

It has been a wild ride and writing has helped me process it.  In the pages of this blog the whole thing is documented.  From 2000 square feet and a full life of everything I thought I should be doing, to a few travel bags and a full life of what I believe in.  … and I don’t take to changes easily… so that is probably why it took so long to figure all out.

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Simple Stories – Joel

February 10, 2014 in Simple Stories by Lorilee Lippincott

Joel Zaslofsky and Family I am excited to share with you a ‘Simple Story’ this week.  

It has been a while since I have had a chance to share a story from someone else and I just love stories :)  Thanks so much for sharing Joel!

Simple Stories – Joel

I love stories that begin, “It all started with … “

Don’t you?

Travel back in time with me to April 2010 as my wife Melinda said to me one morning, “Honey … I’m pregnant!”

(Cue the record scratch.)

I didn’t know it at the time, but this moment was the spark for:

  1. Overcoming a twenty-year video game addiction.
  2. Quitting my six-figure corporate job to help people simplify, organize, and be money wise.
  3. Igniting a new and simpler relationship with food (although the Sugar Dragon still visits me).
  4. Freeing myself from old relationships that were holding me back.

It wasn’t instant sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, though. In fact, I had barely started my personal renaissance by the time my first son Grant was born in November 2010.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

January 27, 2014 in Creating Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott

white globe - Loving Simple LivingI’ve been thinking and learning a bunch about this idea over the last few weeks. …and working on this post for a few weeks… sorry for the delay.

Currently we are doing some training for living and working in a cross-cultural setting. The training is in Thailand because it is much cheaper than in America (and the weather is definitely a perk).

The training isn’t specifically about ‘respect’ but it is the idea that keeps popping out at me and what I keep thinking about.

Respect is something I have always valued but I haven’t seen how much my ideas about life weren’t in line with this value.

I think it is easy to loose respect for others when they are different from me.

I have been processing and thinking about how my culture, my country and my religion often seem to be disrespectful of others. Read the rest of this entry →

Dealing With Stress – Working in the Now

January 20, 2014 in Creating Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott

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The last 3 months have been probably some of the hardest months in my life.  (not including the months after the kids were born… those months I don’t really remember I was so sleep deprived so they were probably worse).

The last 3 months has included an incredible amount of change, un-known, and risk.  And it isn’t over.  We still have a lot of change coming ahead and I don’t know what our lives will look like in another 2-3 months.

A few weeks ago I wrote about a bunch of this change and a huge online campaign I was involved with.  The work we put into making that happen (while going through so many other changes) was more than we could emotionally handle.

To be honest with you (cause bearing my soul to a bunch of strangers is a perk of blogging), now that most of the work on that project is done, I have been on the verge of tears for a week just trying to release some of that boiled up stress.

However, I have learned a lot through the past few months.  I have learned about commitment, determination, big ideas, overcoming fear, and team work.  But probably what helped the most was learning how to deal with stress by working in the ‘now’. Read the rest of this entry →

What’s Your Word For This Year?

January 13, 2014 in Creating Simple Living, Simple Religion by Lorilee Lippincott

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A few weeks ago we went to a church service where the speaker was talking about the New Year.  I loved what he was sharing and it really helped me as I looked into this coming year.

Usually this is the time of year when people start resolutions. I’m not against resolutions, but it is busy time of the year and most people’s immediate focus right after Christmas is diet and finance.  Health and money are important parts of life, but often these resolutions are focused on the negative and the craziness of the holidays paired with trying to get back into schedules make these hard to keep.

I think any day of the year is a good day to make a change in your life for the better.  Many times changes don’t happen as easily or as quickly as planned, this is just life.  The idea is to keep moving in the right direction.

But the speaker wasn’t talking about resolutions. Read the rest of this entry →