Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Simple...really!

The book I am currently reading I found on a clearance rack at Books-a-Million...it's called Simplify Your Life and the author is Elaine St. James.
It is a very easy read...It has 100 ways to slow down and enjoy things that really matter...It is 100 chapters or ideas expressed in a couple of pages for each!
This is an older book, so some of the ideas are outdated but many are still relevant especially in today's economic climate!

The author started by deciding that her life had become unmanageable and she set out for weekend retreat to repair the damage...out of the experience she changed her life and this book was born. I love the ideas...and I was proud to realize I was already doing or not doing many of the ideas...
I no longer wear clothing that needs to be dry cleaned and I am building a simpler wardrobe that includes separates that I can dress up or down. I no longer need as many clothes as before.

Begin by simplifying your schedule...Say no to things that you no longer enjoy doing but feel a misplaced sense of obligation to continue to do.

I found this blog called Zen Habits that did a great review of this book and you may enjoy some of their ideas.


Teri said...

Oh, I LOVE that book. Bought is several years ago while visiting my sister in Nebraska. I had just gone through a wretched (and too long) divorce and was very ready for a change. This helped me tremendously. In fact, I still keep it in a basket next to my side of the bed.

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

I've been to Zen Habits and love the blog. Pretty much echos the sentiments of the book, I guess?!