Simplifying Life Is Harder Than It Sounds

How to escape the stress of too much

I could write a month’s worth of blog articles on simplifying life to avoid overload and stress. There are so many facets to this one topic. Its impact on health, mental and physical, cannot be overestimated. While simple living sounds like it should be simple, getting started can be really tough.

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A book I like to read every so often is The Simple Living Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott. It gives very practical advice on paring down the overload to the things that really matter.

Lorilee recounts personal stories, advice, and tips, from her own journey to simplifying life. She teaches how to make the hard decisions necessary to simplify your home and your schedule. She’s been there and done that.

In fact, I interviewed Lorilee for a Simple Living Challenge I did in 2012. The video is a little raw, but you’ll get a look at her personal journey and hear it from her lips.

The act of simplifying was just the beginning of an incredible adventure. She and her family are currently living in Asia running a media production company for non-profit organizations. They are taking a hiatus through the end of the year, but they have helped dozens of organizations put a professional face on their ministry efforts. And it all started with living with less, better known as minimalism.


Bonus: Lorilee also wrote a book on homeschooling, You Can Do It Too! She interviewed me for the book. I don’t think I was one of families featured, but she used some of my interview responses in the book. If you’re thinking about homeschooling or need a pick-me-up, check it out.

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