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Taking a Breath

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.

I have learned and believe in:

  1. Creating a life of your own design instead of just following what society/others think you should do
  2. That God creates us all differently, and the differences are what give meaning.  The world needs everyone to be different.
  3. Materialism or a material view of success is often what gets in the way of our priorities and our dreams.
  4. Less stuff really leads to more life, more contentment, healthier relationships, and a better environment
  5. Life is worth taking risks.  We only live once, and I don’t want the fear of failure to take that life away from me.

These are all big ideas I have been working through with God over the past 3+ years.  I am so excited with the changes we have made as a family and the opportunities we have been given.

All that being said, I am having a hard time living the values of priorities that I am writing about.  Over the past 3 years writing has been a huge growth area for me as well as a passion.  But I am seeing my life change more and more and the time to spend writing has been coming in the way of other priorities I am committed to.

When I started writing I was a stay-at-home mom of two darling little kids.  I am still a mom to those two wonderful kids 🙂 but they are older and needing more from me in the way of homeschooling.  I am also starting a job at (I am SOO excited about it), and am committed to learning Chinese to be able to talk to the women we work with… as well as survive in China.

Though writing has been my passion I am seeing how it is getting in the way of the time I need to be spending homeschooling my kids and serving where I am at currently.  I have been struggling for the last few months with taking a break from writing… and following my own advice.  I feel like a hypocrite writing about simplification and priorities when my own have become out of whack 🙂 (this is another great reason for writing… it keeps me honest)

Because of that I am going to be taking a break from writing on my blog.  Over the next few months we will be transitioning through a move, a job change, and some other big changes as we try to align our life back to our priorities.

I’m not quite sure where all of it will lead and when I will be able to get back to blogging.  But I know:

  1. God is in it and He is teaching me a bunch that I can’t wait to write about and share
  2. I love writing and look forward to when it can become a priority in my life again

However, just because I am not writing (or not writing as consistently) I am still here and I still love to hear from you.  Over the next few weeks I will be working on my blog to bring it more up to date and make it easier to search through.  If there is anything I can help you with specifically I would love to hear from you (I write back to everyone who e-mails me)

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Thanks so much for reading!  You’re awesome!


  1. Lindsay Lindsay

    Love this, Lorilee!! You are continuing to fulfill those points and mission, just in a different way. Life is dynamic, and we really wouldn’t want it any other way! 🙂 Praying for and cheering you on here in SE Asia!! 🙂

  2. Heather Heather

    During my journey toward simplifying my life over the past couple of years, yours had been the blog that has most inspired me, and that I could most related to. I related to you as a homeschooling mom, and as a Christian. Reading about your journey and seeing how simplifying enabled you to live as you felt called to has been so encouraging! Thank you for your blog. Best of luck in this new phase of your life. I will miss seeing your blog entries in my inbox though! 🙂

  3. Raye Cage Raye Cage

    I will miss your blog posts! You are such a blessing to me, I think it is a beautiful & courageous move for you to do what is best for you and your family in this season of life.
    The Lord bless & protect the Lippincott Family,
    The Lord make His face shine on you,
    The Lord bestow His favor upon the Lippincott Family,
    and give you Shalom (peace).
    — Numbers 6:24-26

    The blogosphere won’t be the same without you Lori…

  4. Hi Lorilee, Just want to wish you well wherever your journey takes you. I’m excited abd happy for you. The Starfish Project is such a great endeavor, and I’m certain you will contribute a lot. Blessings to you and your family!

  5. Lorilee,

    Your blog has been a huge source of encouragement to me on my journey of living simply. The Lord has used you in ways that you do not even know. I pray that 2014 will overflow with blessings from God as you enter into this new, wonderful season.

    Congratulations to you for the new job!

  6. lori lori

    Awww, but I just found you 🙂 You’ll be missed! Good luck & congratulations!

  7. I’m currently taking one of those..a breath. I’m still reading blogs, but giving my writing a break It’s time to do a bit of living. Good luck!

  8. I recently decided to do the same thing and have so much respect for you in doing so. You are reaping the rewards and actually practicing the life you write about. Enjoy uour new endeavor and homeschooling your little blessings.

  9. Thank you for this post Lorilee! The beauty of life is that it is fluid and not static. Situations shift, mind sets change, life takes a U-turn on route to something we considered to be inevitable. And yet, our core keeps us grounded and honest with ourselves and those we serve (hopefully).

    The changes in your life sound awesome and I wish you and your family much success in all that transpires.

    Take care and all the best.


  10. Jean Jean

    Have signed up for your newsletters. May God bless you as you listen and grow…

  11. We’ll miss your thoughts for now, Lorilee! God bless you in your “breath” 🙂

  12. Lorilee, we sell gorgeous jewelry made by women of the Starfish Project. We are delighted to hear you will be joining them and continue to make a difference in their lives.
    We wish you all the best!

    • Hey! I follow you guys on Instagram and love your stuff. Thanks so much for all you do 🙂

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