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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Outside of the Norm – Interview with Jon

October 14, 2013 in Simple Stories by Lorilee Lippincott

jon davidson 2The best inspiration for living your own life is seeing others who are living theirs out.  None of our lives are the same, but that is the beauty of it.  There are people living out their own life all over the place.  I wanted to share with you some of their stories.

First is one of my friends from highschool – Jon.  

Way back in highschool he taught me how to play guitar and helped me learn to be more authentic.  He is pretty awesome!  But let me let him tell you a bit more…

Interview with Jon

1. What are you doing with your time? and why?

Currently, I am a touring musician, in the process of getting an adventure and brewery tour company off the ground, working on my second book, hiking a lot, and bartending two nights a week. Why? Because these are the things that make me happy, and which I am passionate about. Read the rest of this entry →

Simple (Travel) Stories – Elizabeth

September 13, 2013 in Simple Stories by Lorilee Lippincott

Simple Stories - Elizabeth travelcollageElizabeth has been traveling this past year and has had a bunch of experience with simple traveling/packing.   I asked her to share about what she does include in her bags. 

Last month I shared about what we don’t bring with us, but I love focusing on the positives of what ‘simple packing’ should include. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

6 Travel Items You Won’t Regret Packing

You know what I love about owning less stuff?

Packing less stuff for a trip.

It’s one of the big reasons I got rid of all the junk I didn’t need. Well that, and I love traveling without feeling like it’s some huge production.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come back from a trip, looked in my suitcase, and stared in disbelief at all the things that never even saw the light of day. So began the “pack less” project.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t essentials I’ve come to rely on. In fact, I’ve realized it’s even more important to know what you truly use on trips when you own less.

Here are the six must-have items

These are making my trips more enjoyable and less stressful now that I’m a minimalist.  Read the rest of this entry →

Simple Stories – Kristin

August 30, 2013 in Simple Stories by Lorilee Lippincott

Simple Stories - KristinThe following is a guest post from Kristin about her simple living journey.  Enjoy!

The American dream

We all have an idea of what that looks like. We dream. We look through magazines. We pin ideas on Pinterest. We shop. We look at other’s homes and have home envy. We watch our favorite TV shows, dreaming of buying the size home the couples on these shows buy.

Then reality hits.

We stop thinking with our minds and think from our hearts. Read the rest of this entry →

Simple Stories – Rachel

July 26, 2013 in Simple Stories by Lorilee Lippincott

Image:Stuart Miles

Thanks so much Rachel for sharing your simple living habits with us today :)

Rachel and Simple Technology

My wife tells me I am a hard person to buy presents for. As I am an easy person to please, I don’t see why she believes so. I suppose it spawns from not having anything that I am obsessed about and simply like just about everything. I have simple tastes and don’t normally choose extravagance over functionality. Fancy dining out for me can be as easy as hanging out in a Village Inn for coffee.

I suppose that I am a simple person who doesn’t actively pursue any one objective or want. I have always been a jack of all trades, and it’s the small things in life that give me pleasure. Read the rest of this entry →