“What we desire is a simple life. A life that is not controlled by stuff and the pursuit of more, but a life that enjoys what we’ve been blessed with and holds all things loosely. A life of generosity with our possessions but also with our time and our emotions.”
You’ve probably experienced the pain of having to look at an activity that you would really love to be a part of, and say, “I don’t have time for that right now. I need to do ______ instead.” Or considered a purchase that would make life better, or bring you joy, and say, “I can’t afford that. I need to put the money into ______.”
It doesn’t have to be this way.
If you’d rather be:
- Playing with your kids
- Reading a good book
- Walking in nature
- Spending time with someone you love
- Free to choose rather than being bound to an all day to-do list
Everyday Simple will help you understand and build systems, minimize non-essential activities, and move you toward everyday simplicity.
“We believe that simplicity and minimalism are two different things that are related but NOT the same. We strive for a simple life and this involves minimalism in some areas, and it involves owning a few more things in other areas to make life more simple.”
This is not a book about selling all of our possessions and living in a tiny house. Though for some, that is what everyday simplicity may look like. It is about looking at what is really important and what brings us joy. It’s about systematically moving those things to the front of life and letting go of the things that distract us from and compete for our time.
“A system is a step by step process. A way of doing something that makes it easier and an almost automatic part of what you do.”
We have intentionally built systems into family, work and everyday activities. They make life move more smoothly, and they minimize the time needed to cross the necessities off the list, so we have more time for the things we’d rather be doing.
But its hard to know where to start. In Everyday Simple, we have shared examples of how we have built systems, to inspire you to begin building your own.
“In Everyday Simple we want to help you take a look at your life; help you to make intentional adjustments and develop habits. We want to help you fine tune and move toward a simpler life and a richer existence.”