Tag: #simplify

  • I Don’t Ever Think About What to Wear … and it’s Awesome

    Just the other day I saw a posting for a huge estate sale. There were several photos posted highlighting the person’s most prized possessions which were going to be on sale. Among them were “piles” of clothing. It made me wonder… when was the last time that person wore all those clothes…or did she even wear all of them? It was advertised that many of the articles of clothing still had tags on them. How could that be possible? How could one person ever collect, much less wear, that many articles of clothing?

    If you’ve ever had to sift through a loved one’s belongings once they’ve passed, you’re going to want to continue reading as a reminder to yourself about how it felt as you were going through them. Now, apply it to yourself and to your closet. Have you ever considered what will happen to your clothing once you’re no longer around to tend to it? Make it easy on them.

    Have you ever counted the number of clothing items in your closet and dresser drawers? Research shows that the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, yet often only wears 20% of them regularly. I currently own about 75 articles of clothing plus a half dozen sweatshirts and jackets. This feels about right, yet I still only wear about 20% of what I have on a regular basis. Interesting, isn’t it?

    Assessing Your Current Wardrobe

    If the time is right, walk into your closet and begin counting!  It’s important to assess what you currently have in order to create a minimalist wardrobe that reflects your style and needs.

    Inventory and Categorization:

    To begin, take stock of all your clothes. Start by emptying your closet and organizing your garments into categories. Categorize them into two main groups: essentials and non-essentials. Essentials are items you frequently wear, love, and fit well. Non-essentials are items that are rarely worn, no longer fit, or you never really liked, but perhaps spent a bit too much money on.

    I’ve been there! I used to feel like I had this huge, walk-in closet, and it needed to be full. But it didn’t matter how full it was, it never felt like enough. That mindset can be very destructive and costly, and it feels so good to just “let it go.”

    I used to feel like I had this huge, walk-in closet, and it needed to be full.

    Decluttering Techniques:

    There are many methods out there to help you begin your decluttering process, but at the end of the day, it comes down to these three questions.  You should focus on creating a collection of versatile, high-quality pieces that can be mixed and matched effortlessly.

    Remember these questions during the decluttering process:

    • Do you love it? Keep what you love.
    • Does it fit well today? Keep what fits right now.
    • Have you worn it in the past year? Keep only what you’ve worn in the last year.

    Assessing your current wardrobe is the first step toward creating a minimalist style that simplifies your daily routine and enhances your fashion choices.

    Building Your Minimalist Wardrobe

    Let’s get started by selecting some core pieces which will serve as the backbone of your wardrobe. Remember, only keep what you love, what fits perfectly at this moment, and what you’ve worn within the past year. Be honest with yourself! Embracing this approach will really help you streamline your choices.

    Identifying Core Pieces

    When choosing what to keep, it’s important to identify the staple items that effortlessly blend functionality with style. Think of classic white shirts, versatile denim jeans, good quality t-shirts, cashmere sweaters, and comfortable footwear. These timeless essentials act as the building blocks for lots of outfit combinations, ensuring versatility and longevity in your choices.

    Find one you like and buy it in multiple colors.

    Quality Over Quantity

    Choose quality over quantity. Instead of succumbing to the bargain sales rack purchases, prioritize investing in high-quality clothing that stands the test of time. Choosing pieces made from superior materials not only ensures durability but also lasts longer and reduces the need for frequent replacements.

    So, as you embark on the journey of building your minimalist wardrobe, remember that the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, but true style lies in selecting pieces that resonate with your personality and will and stand the test of time. Keep what you love, what fits perfectly in the present, and what you’ve cherished in the past year – therein lies the essence of a minimalist wardrobe that speaks volumes with minimal pieces.

    Maintaining Your Minimalist Wardrobe

    Here’s the challenging part! In my minimalist wardrobe journey, I’ve learned that maintaining a clutter-free and intentional closet is key to truly embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Regular wardrobe audits are a must. These audits involve assessing my clothing choices, keeping what I love, what fits right now, and what I’ve worn in the last year, while bidding farewell to items that no longer serve a purpose.

    Regular Wardrobe Audits

    Conducting regular wardrobe audits is like giving your closet a breath of fresh air. It allows you to reassess your clothing choices, ensuring that every piece aligns with your minimalist values and personal style. By following the simple rule of keeping what you love, what fits well, and what you actually wear, you can maintain a streamlined wardrobe that reflects your authentic self.

    Is it time to let it go?

    Mindful Purchasing Practices

    Mindful purchasing practices are vital for sustaining a minimalist wardrobe. Investing in high-quality pieces that are versatile can significantly reduce the urge to constantly shop for new items. Before making a purchase, consider why you want to add this to your collection of clothing. Do you need it? Do you want it? Are you replacing an existing item with this new one? It’s important to be intentional with your purchases…otherwise, bad habits creep right back in, and pretty soon, your closet is bursting at the seams again. Remember, the average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing. By practicing regular wardrobe audits and mindful purchasing habits, you can maintain a minimalist wardrobe that is both stylish and sustainable, reflecting your unique personality and values.

    Donate what you can no longer wear.

    Embracing a minimalist wardrobe has been a game-changer for me. It’s not just about owning fewer clothes; it’s about simplicity and knowing that I’m not leaving behind huge piles of “stuff” for my loved ones to have to sort through. As I decluttered my closet and focused on quality over quantity, I realized that less truly is more.

    I’ve simplified my life and discovered a newfound sense of freedom in my clothing choices. The average person owns about 148 pieces of clothing, but I’ve learned that I don’t need all of that to feel confident.

    A minimalist wardrobe isn’t about depriving yourself; it’s about empowering yourself to make intentional decisions about what you wear. Embrace the simplicity and elegance of a minimalist wardrobe – less time fretting over outfits means more time for what truly matters in life. Let your personal style shine through with carefully selected pieces that speak volumes without saying a word.

  • PART II: The Truth is, You Think You Have Plenty of Time

    Breaking the Illusion

    Sometimes, we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that we forget an important truth: time is a thief. It sneaks up on us when we’re not looking, stealing those precious moments right out from under our noses. But why do we let this happen? Maybe it’s because we’re under the illusion that we have all the time in the world.

    Spoiler alert: we don’t. So, how do we break free from this illusion and start making the most of every moment? Let’s see if we can find out.

    “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – Harvey Mackay

    Take a moment to write down what you're grateful for

    Embracing the Present

    Living intentionally in the present moment sounds like something out of a self-help book, doesn’t it? But it’s one of the most straightforward strategies for making sure time doesn’t slip through our fingers. Here are a few ways to start:

    • Mindfulness: This isn’t just a buzzword. It’s about being fully aware of the here and now. Try starting your day with a five-minute meditation, focusing solely on your breathing. It’s like giving your brain a mini-vacation from the stress of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow.
    • Gratitude Journaling: Every night, jot down one or two things you’re grateful for. It could be as simple as a delicious cup of coffee or the smell of rain. Gratitude anchors us in the present and helps us appreciate the little things.
    • Digital Detox: Ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media, only to realize an hour has disappeared? Setting aside specific times to unplug can help you reclaim those lost moments and spend them on something more fulfilling.

    Setting Realistic Goals

    Now, don’t get me wrong—I’m all for dreaming big. But when we set goals that are too lofty, we can end up feeling like we’ve bitten off more than we can chew. And that’s a fast track to feeling like we’re running out of time. Here’s how to set goals that are just right:

    • The Goldilocks Principle: Your goals should be not too big, not too small, but just right. If you want to write a book, don’t set a goal to write it in a month. Break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces, like writing a chapter a month.
    • Timeline It: Put a realistic timeline on your goals. Create a step-by-step plan with deadlines that are doable but challenging. It’s like creating a roadmap for your dreams.
    • Celebrate Small Wins: Every time you cross a small goal off your list, congratulate yourself. Celebrating progress keeps you motivated and reminds you that you’re moving forward, one step at a time.
    We can start with small steps toward our goals.

    Remember, time is a thief, but only if we let it be. By embracing the present and setting realistic goals, we can steal back our moments and live a life full of purpose. Let’s not wait until it’s too late to realize what we have. After all, the best time to start making the most of our time is now.

    “You have got to own your days and live them, each one of them, every one of them, or else the years go by and none of them belong to you.” – Herb Gardner

    The Urgency of Now

    Time waits for no one, and in the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to forget that time is a thief. One minute you’re planning all the things you want to achieve, and the next, you realize another year has slipped through your fingers. Let’s think about the concept of why now, not tomorrow or next year, is the time to act on your dreams and face changes head-on.

    Seizing the Day

    Have you ever thought about what you could accomplish if you started today? Every journey begins with a single step, and the truth is, there’s no better time to take that step than now. Whether it’s pursuing a new hobby, starting a business, or taking a trip you’ve always dreamed of, the urgency of the present cannot be overstated. Remember, time is a thief, and every day you wait is a day you won’t get back.

    I know, taking the first step can be scary. You might be wondering, “What if I fail?” But what if you succeed? Imagine where you could be a year from now if you start today. Here’s a tip to get going:

    • Set clear, achievable goals: Break down your aspirations into smaller, manageable tasks. It makes taking the first step less daunting.
    • Create a plan: Having a roadmap of where you’re going helps keep you on track.
    • Be accountable: Share your goals with a friend or family member. It’s motivating!

    Life’s too short to keep putting off your dreams for a “more convenient time.” Let’s be honest, that time rarely comes. So, why not start today?

    “The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

    Don't let it just slip away

    Embracing Change

    Change is inevitable, and yet, it’s something many of us fear. But here’s the thing: Embracing change can be one of the most rewarding decisions you ever make. Why? Because time is a thief, stealing moments even as we try to hold on to them. Those who make the most of every moment, adapting to change rather than resisting it, often find themselves leading richer, more fulfilling lives.

    Think of it this way: Change is like the seasons. Just as winter gives way to spring, bringing new life and new beginnings, change can bring new opportunities and experiences into our lives. Here’s how you can start embracing change:

    • Stay positive: Focus on the potential benefits of change, not the negatives.
    • Be open to new experiences: Sometimes, the best things in life come from the unexpected.
    • Learn from challenges: Every challenge is an opportunity to grow and learn.

    Change doesn’t wait for the perfect moment. It comes, whether we’re ready or not. By embracing it, you open yourself to new possibilities that you may never have imagined.

    In a nutshell, don’t let time be a thief of your aspirations or your ability to adapt. The urgency of now is calling – seize the day and embrace change. Make every moment count!

    In the journey of uncovering the truth behind the notion that “time is a thief”, we’ve ventured through the various ways in which this silent pilferer operates, often unnoticed. We’ve explored the intricate relationship between making the most of our moments and the comforting yet deceptive belief that there’s always more time.

    This exploration has unveiled a simple, yet profound realization: every second is a treasure trove of possibility, waiting to be unlocked. The trouble is… we think we have plenty of time. This belief lulls us into a false sense of security, tempting us to postpone our dreams, delay our goals, and take our relationships for granted.

    The trouble is... we think we have plenty of time.

    Let this be a call to action. Let’s shift our perspective to see time not as an infinite resource, but as the precious, fleeting gift it truly is. Let’s vow to cherish each moment, embrace every opportunity, and live with a sense of urgency. After all, time is a thief, but only if we allow it to be. Let’s not give it that chance.

    Thank you for your gift of time!

  • Baby Boomers . . . Reshaping the Notion of Retirement

    The concept of ‘The New Old Age’ is gaining traction as those of us in our 60s and 70s navigate a period of significant transition from our main careers to the next chapter of our lives. This phase represents a shift in perspectives toward aging and retirement, uncovering both challenges and opportunities along the way.

    As we embrace the evolving notions of aging, the traditional paradigms surrounding retirement are being redefined. Adults entering ‘The New Old Age’ phase are exploring fresh avenues for personal growth, fulfillment, and contribution to society beyond the confines of conventional retirement norms.

    With changes in demographics and longer life expectancies, the idea of aging gracefully and purposefully takes center stage. The emphasis shifts toward active participation in society, ongoing learning, and the pursuit of new passions and interests that enrich the later stages of our lives.

    Join me as we delve into the realms of ‘The New Old Age,‘ where people like me are carving out new pathways, embracing reinvention, and redefining the meaning of retirement in a world brimming with possibilities and potential.

    “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

    Embracing the New Chapter

    Life is a journey filled with different chapters, and as we enter the this new phase, there is a shift in perspectives that encourages us to embrace the opportunities that come with aging. Let’s explore how our views on aging have transformed, emphasizing the significance of staying active, engaged, and purposeful in the later stages of life.

    Changing Perspectives on Aging

    The perception of aging has evolved significantly over the years. We now understand that age is not a limitation, but a new chapter filled with new possibilities. It’s no longer about slowing down (unless you want to) but about staying involved in activities that bring joy and fulfillment. We can finally make the time to explore new interests, learn new skills, and contribute to the community in different and meaningful ways.

    The perception of aging has evolved significantly over the years

    Transitioning from Main Careers

    Leaving behind a primary career can be a daunting experience for many of us. The transition into the new old age often involves a period of self-reflection and exploration to discover new avenues for personal growth and fulfillment. It can be a time to pursue passions that may have been set aside during the hustle of career life and to reinvent oneself in exciting ways. While challenges may arise, this phase offers the opportunity to redefine success on our own terms.

    Exploring Opportunities

    Perhaps there is a dream you’ve always had, but never had the time or courage to give it a try. You couldn’t risk the security of your career by venturing out into the unknown. Now that you’re off the treadmill, go for it! What have you got to lose?

    Second Career Paths

    Embarking on a second career after retirement has become a popular and fulfilling choice for many individuals. It’s a chance to reinvent oneself professionally and embrace new challenges. Take the story of Jane, who transitioned from a career in education to becoming a successful freelance writer post-retirement. By pursuing her passion for writing, she not only found a sense of purpose but also enjoyed the flexibility that her new career offered. The benefits of exploring second career paths extend beyond financial rewards; they can lead to personal growth, skill development, and a renewed sense of vitality.

    “Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.” – Patrick Foley

    Entrepreneurial Endeavors

    The entrepreneurial spirit knows no age limits, and older adults are embracing this mindset with vigor. Starting a business or pursuing a passion project can open up a world of opportunities and create a fulfilling post-retirement life. Consider Mark, who turned his lifelong love for woodworking into a thriving online furniture business after retiring from his previous job. By following his entrepreneurial drive, Mark not only found a new source of income but also discovered a renewed sense of purpose and creativity. Entrepreneurial endeavors can offer a sense of autonomy, creativity, and the chance to leave a lasting legacy.

    Embracing second career paths and entrepreneurial endeavors are just some of the many avenues available for individuals in the ‘New Old Age.’ By exploring these diverse opportunities, one can enjoy a fulfilling and enriching post-retirement life, filled with growth, purpose, and excitement.

    The entrepreneurial spirit knows no age limits, and older adults are embracing this mindset with vigor.

    Community and Connection

    As we embrace the ‘New Old Age,’ the significance of community and connection in our lives becomes more profound. Social networks and support systems play a crucial role in combating social isolation and loneliness among older adults. Having a few strong friendships, engaging in social activities, and being part of support systems can bring many benefits by providing companionship, emotional support, and a sense of belonging.

    Social Networks and Support Systems

    Maintaining social connections is like nurturing a garden; it requires care and attention. Friendships and support systems act as a safety net, offering comfort during challenging times and sharing joy during moments of celebration. These connections not only provide emotional support but also help in reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. By staying connected, we can enjoy a sense of community and mutual understanding that enriches our lives significantly.

    Involvement in Community Activities

    Engaging in community activities, volunteer work, and social gatherings can bring purpose and fulfillment to this phase of our lives. Participating in such activities creates a sense of contribution to society, creating a positive impact and leaving a legacy. Through volunteering or joining community events, we can stay active, connected, and mentally stimulated, promoting overall well-being and a sense of fulfillment. Taking part in these activities opens doors to new experiences, friendships, and opportunities for personal growth, shaping a vibrant and enriching life in later years.

    “Retirement: a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.” – Catherine Pulisfer

    Let's seize the moment to redefine aging as a time of vitality, creativity, and continued contribution to society

    Embracing ‘The New Old Age’ signifies a remarkable shift in the traditional notions of aging and retirement. It is a period brimming with opportunities for personal growth, community engagement, and purposeful living. As we navigate this exciting phase, let us approach it with a positive attitude and a proactive stance toward creating a fulfilling and meaningful life.

    The era of retirement as a time of winding down is evolving into an era of new beginnings and endless possibilities. Let’s seize the moment to redefine aging as a time of vitality, creativity, and continued contribution to society. Together, let’s embrace ‘The New Old Age’ with open arms and welcome our journey ahead with enthusiasm and optimism.

  • Ditching Sugar and Refined Flour: How It Revitalized Our Lives

    Have you ever considered giving up sugar and refined flour to see how it makes you feel? The impact on your body and mind might surprise you. Dave and I decided to give them up for Lent this year. It’s not easy because sugar and flour are used in many of the products we buy each week. It requires a lot more planning and it costs a bit more money! Yet, the side-effects are sure worth the added effort.

    By eliminating these ingredients from your diet, you can experience increased energy levels, improved focus, and even weight loss. Weight loss was not a goal for me, but it is for Dave and he is steadily shedding those extra pounds each week. It’s not just about what you’re removing; it’s about the positive changes you’re inviting into your life.

    Making this shift can be challenging at first, but the long-term benefits are worth it. Say goodbye to the highs and lows of sugar crashes and embrace a more stable and vibrant way of living. Join me as we explore the effects of cutting out sugar and refined flour and discover a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle.

    “Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

    Sugar - the silent killer.

    Understanding the Impact of Giving up Sugar and Refined Flour

    Giving up sugar and refined flour can have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being. Let’s examine how eliminating these two ingredients can make you feel better in the long run.

    The Effects of Sugar on the Body

    When you consume sugar, your body experiences a rapid spike in blood sugar levels, providing a sudden burst of energy. However, this energy boost is often short-lived and followed by a crash, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish. The excessive intake of sugar can also lead to weight gain, increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes. By cutting out sugar, you may experience more stable energy levels throughout the day, improved mood, and better long-term health outcomes. It is not an easy process and I experienced symptoms of withdrawal for a few days.

    Exploring the Risks of Refined Flour Consumption

    Refined flour, commonly found in white bread, pasta, and pastries, lacks the essential nutrients and fiber present in whole grains. This refined product can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels, leading to spikes and crashes in energy. Over time, a diet high in refined flour can contribute to weight gain, inflammation, and an increased risk of chronic diseases. By replacing refined flour with whole grain alternatives, we noticed more stable blood sugar levels, improved digestion, and enhanced overall health.

    Our Journey to Eliminating Sugar and Refined Flour

    Embarking on the journey to eliminate sugar and refined flour from our diet during this Lenten Season was not an easy decision. We talked about doing just sugar, but quickly realized how much sugar is in refined white flour products so why not just eliminate them together?  Initially, the challenges seemed a bit daunting, but the motivation to improve our health and well-being was the driving force behind our commitment. The realization that these ingredients were impacting our energy levels, mental clarity, and overall health pushed us to make a change.

    Initial Challenges and Motivations

    The first step in giving up sugar and refined flour was acknowledging the hold they had on our eating habits. In a routine health check-up, I discovered my cholesterol was a whopping 255, which is unheard of for me. I knew I had to do something to improve my health. Dave’s was high too, but not as bad as mine and since he wanted to lose some weight, we thought there’s no time like the present to make a life-style change.

    Making the decision to cut out these ingredients meant reevaluating our relationship with food. We had fallen into some really bad habits and it required a shift in mindset and a greater understanding of the impact of these substances on our bodies. Learning about the inflammatory effects of sugar and the empty calories provided by refined flour was eye-opening and served as a strong motivator to make a change.

    Eating healthier is simply a matter of choice.

    Transitioning to a Healthier Diet

    Transitioning to a diet free of sugar and refined flour was a process that required patience and commitment. Meal planning and preparation played a crucial role in successfully transitioning to a healthier diet. By having nutritious options readily available, we were less tempted to reach for unhealthy snacks. Experimenting with new recipes and flavors made the transition more exciting and helped us discover a newfound love for wholesome ingredients.

    Embracing this new way of eating has not only improved our physical health but also has had a significant impact on our overall well-being. The increased energy levels, and mental clarity are clear indicators of how eliminating sugar and refined flour positively affected how it makes us feel on a daily basis.

    Navigating Social Situations and Cravings

    Food cravings can be tricky to handle, especially when you’re trying to cut out sugar and refined flour from your diet. Here are some strategies to help you manage those cravings and stick to your healthier eating goals.

    “Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet, but one of the most vital.” – Julia Child

    Most of us don't drink enough water.

    Strategies for Handling Cravings

    1. Stay Hydrated: Sometimes, our bodies confuse thirst with hunger. Keep a water bottle handy and drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated and keep cravings at bay. I also use sugar-free hydration tablets with a glass of water and that really helps keep me hydrated.
    2. Healthy Substitutions: Instead of reaching for a sugary treat, opt for healthier alternatives like fresh fruits, nuts, sugar-free yogurt with a drizzle of honey, or sugar & gluten-free blueberry muffins. These options can satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your progress.
    3. Mindful Eating: Take the time to savor and enjoy your meals. Eating mindfully can help you recognize when you’re truly hungry versus just craving something out of boredom or habit.
    4. Plan Ahead: Prepare nutritious snacks and meals in advance so you’re not tempted to grab unhealthy options when cravings strike. I enjoy making sugar-free peanut butter protein balls which come in handy when you just need a little bite of energy. Having healthy options readily available can make a big difference in staying on track.

    “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

    Nuts are a great choice.

    Eating Healthy in Social Settings

    1. Communicate Your Goals: Let your friends and family know about your dietary preferences and goals. This can help them understand your choices and offer support when you’re in social situations.
    2. Choose Wisely: When dining out, scan the menu for healthier options. Look for dishes that are grilled, steamed, or roasted instead of fried. You can also ask for dressings and sauces on the side to control portions.
    3. Be Assertive: Don’t be afraid to make special requests when ordering at restaurants. I do this all the time anyway because I’m such a picky eater!  I find that most places are willing to accommodate dietary preferences, such as swapping out sides for a salad or requesting sauce-free dishes.
    4. Bring Your Own: If you’re attending a gathering where you’re unsure about the food choices, consider bringing a dish that aligns with your eating plan. This ensures you have a healthy option available and can enjoy the social aspect without compromising your goals. Our family and friends know I always bring a nice fresh vegetable salad to our gatherings.

    Navigating social situations and managing cravings can be challenging, but with the right strategies and mindset, you can stay committed to your sugar and refined flour-free lifestyle. Remember, it’s about progress, not perfection, so be kind to yourself along the way.

    Sustaining Long-Term Health and Happiness

    The decision to give up sugar and refined flour has not only brought immediate benefits but also promises long-term health advantages. We have experienced sustained energy levels throughout the day, free from the energy crashes that used to plague us after consuming sugary snacks or refined carbs.

    We’ve also noticed a significant improvement in our mood and mental clarity. By eliminating these harmful ingredients from our diet, we feel more focused, alert, and overall, happier, not to mention, our cholesterol is down to normal levels again. It’s amazing how something as simple as changing what we eat can have such a profound impact on how it makes us feel both physically and mentally.

    So, now that I’ve decluttered the pantry and we’ve rid ourselves of refined sugar and flour during this Lenten Season, we’ve decided to make this our lifestyle choice moving forward. It just feels so good and I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything.

    Here is a simple recipe for the Peanut Butter Protein Balls (adapted from ElaVegan). This is easy to make and has been a great go-to, 120 calorie, snack for us. I hope you enjoy!

    This is a great go-to snack


    • 1 1/3 cup rolled oats, gluten-free (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
    • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (you can use hemp seeds or any seed of your choice)
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (feel free to add chopped pecans or almonds too)
    • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Justin’s Classic) or any nut/seed butter of your choice.
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup honey or liquid sweetener of your choice (maple syrup, agave, monk fruit, Allulose, etc.)
    • 3 Tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips (I use Hu)


    • First, heat the peanut butter in the microwave until it softens. Set it aside to cool. If the peanut butter is already runny (like natural peanut butter), you can skip this step.
    • Then, combine the oats, coconut, nuts, and chia seeds in a medium bowl. Add the runny peanut butter, sweetener, vanilla, chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
    • Place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to help it firm up.
    • Divide and roll the mixture with your hands (oil your hands if needed). I usually have enough dough for about a dozen balls. You can eat one immediately or put them back to the refrigerator to firm up slightly more. A batch lasts us about a week.

  • Simple Living Myths: There’s No “Right” Way to Embrace Simplicity

    Decluttering is often touted as the key to achieving a simpler, more fulfilling life. However, the journey toward minimalism and simple living is not always as straightforward as it seems. As I ponder the concept of decluttering, I am confronted with some common misconceptions that cloud the path to a lighter, more intentional lifestyle.

    Society bombards us with images of perfectly designed minimalist spaces, tricking us into believing that there is a “right” way to embrace simplicity. But the essence of simple living lies in authenticity and individuality. It’s about freeing ourselves from the pressures of conforming to external standards and instead, embracing what brings us joy and purpose.

    The urge to declutter and streamline our lives stems from a deep desire to break free from the shackles of consumerism and societal expectations. We yearn for a sense of calm amidst the chaos, for spaces that reflect our values and priorities. Join me as we explore the art of decluttering, not just our physical spaces, but also our minds and hearts, in pursuit of a more meaningful existence.

    It's time to give it a try.

    Challenging the Myth of Perfect Minimalism

    Living a simple life isn’t about rigid rules or achieving a perfect state of minimalism. It’s a journey of self-discovery, mindful choices, and finding what really brings joy and fulfillment. Letting go of excess belongings goes beyond just physical clutter; it’s a mental and emotional decluttering process that can lead to a sense of liberation and clarity.

    It’s not about the total number of “things” you own

    Decluttering is more than just counting items or following strict guidelines. It’s about assessing what matters to you and making intentional decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. Start by decluttering one area at a time, whether it’s a drawer, a closet, or a room. Ask yourself if each item serves a purpose or brings you joy. Consider donating or selling things that no longer align with your values or goals.

    The Freedom in Selective Minimalism

    Simple living isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept; it’s about finding a balance that works for you. Selective minimalism allows you to select your possessions thoughtfully, keeping only what adds value to your life. Remember, it’s not about living with the least amount of stuff possible, but about surrounding yourself with things that enrich your life.

    Embrace the freedom to define your own version of minimalism and let go of the pressure to conform to a strict ideal. Simplifying your life is a personal journey. Find what works for you and embrace the simplicity that brings you peace and contentment.

    There is so much beauty in nature.

    There’s not a “Right” or “Wrong” Path to Living a Simple Life

    One of the most liberating aspects of simple living is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. There’s no rulebook or checklist to follow. Instead, it’s about finding what brings us contentment and peace in our own lives. Whether we choose to focus on decluttering our physical space, simplifying our daily routines, or cutting back on digital distractions, the key is to do what feels right for us. Simple living is about creating a life that is meaningful and fulfilling, free from the pressures of comparison and perfectionism.

    Flexibility in Simple Living Choices

    In the realm of simple living, flexibility is key. By focusing on what adds genuine value to your life, you can create a sustainable and personalized approach to simplicity that doesn’t make you feel constrained or restricted. It’s essential to prioritize items and activities that enrich your life. This could mean keeping certain possessions that hold a special value or indulging in activities that recharge your spirit.

    Finding Balance in the Simple Living Spectrum

    Integrating simplicity into your daily routines can be a gradual process that starts with small, manageable changes. Consider decluttering one area of your home at a time or establishing mindful habits that promote a clutter-free environment. By aligning your actions with your values and consciously selecting what stays in your life, you can create a sense of equilibrium that honors both simplicity and comfort. Remember, there’s no definitive blueprint for living simply.

    The essence of simple living lies not in adhering to external standards, but in aligning our actions with our unique values and aspirations. Embracing the mantra that “There is no ‘right’ way to simple living” liberates us from the shackles of comparison and invites us to embark on a decluttering journey that is truly our own.

    Enjoying a sunset walk with Dave and Ryan

    Let go of the pressure to conform to idealistic standards of simplicity. Instead, embrace the beauty of your individuality and craft a decluttering process that speaks to your heart. As you release the physical and emotional weight of excess, you make space for what matters most in your life. So, take a deep breath, trust in your own path, and step forward with the courage to create a simpler, more meaningful life that is authentically yours.

  • Discovering Joy in the Ordinary

    In the whirlwind of our life, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush, constantly chasing the next big thing. I pause to wonder: what if, amidst the chaos, we paused to appreciate the simple things that light up our days? Those small, often overlooked moments that truly warm our hearts and bring a sense of contentment. Could it be that it is these seemingly insignificant gestures and experiences that hold the key to our happiness and fulfillment? Imagine that!

    From the first sip of morning coffee that awakens the senses to the soothing melody of raindrops on a quiet evening, these little treasures dot our lives with joy and meaning. They are the links in a chain of moments that weave together to form our memories and emotions. In recognizing and cherishing these simple pleasures, I have discovered a deep sense of gratitude and tranquility that grounds me in the present.

    Today, let’s delve into the impact of appreciating the small things in life. We will explore how cultivating gratitude for everyday moments can lead to a more profound sense of well-being and fulfillment. Join me on this thoughtful journey as we unlock the secrets to finding joy in the simplicity of life’s moments.

    Gratitude for Everyday Moments

    In a world filled with chaos and constant distractions, it’s the simple things that we often overlook but truly cherish the most. Embracing gratitude for everyday moments can shift our perspective and bring joy to the seemingly mundane aspects of life.

    Morning Routine Rituals

    Every morning is an opportunity to start our day on a positive note. Engaging in morning rituals can set the tone for a fulfilling day ahead. Whether it’s savoring a freshly brewed cup of coffee, taking a moment to admire the beauty of nature outside your window, or simply practicing deep breathing exercises, these small acts of conscientiousness can bring a sense of peace and gratitude to the start of your day.

    Every morning is an opportunity to start our day on a positive note.

    Family and Bonding Time

    Spending quality time with loved ones is invaluable. Whether it’s gathering around the dinner table to share a meal, engaging in heart-to-heart conversations, or creating new memories together, these moments strengthen our bonds and bring immense joy. Cherishing the laughter, the stories shared, and the love that surrounds us during these times makes us realize the true value of relationships and connection.

    Gratitude is a powerful tool that can bring a sense of fulfillment to our lives. Let’s treasure these small moments and find happiness in the little things that  matter most to us.

    Simple Pleasures of Nature

    Nature has a way of captivating us with its simple yet profound beauty. The simple pleasures that nature offers are like treasures waiting to be discovered. Take advantage of the simple ways you can connect to the natural world around you.

    The simple pleasures that nature offers are like treasures waiting to be discovered.

    Outdoor Adventures and Exploration

    There is something magical about exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s a challenging hike up a mountain, a leisurely walk through a forest, or a peaceful picnic in a park, being surrounded by nature can be rejuvenating. The fresh air, the stunning scenery, and the sense of freedom all contribute to a sense of connection with the earth. It’s in these moments that we can really appreciate the wonders of the natural world.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  — Leonardo da Vinci

    it's the unassuming moments that really enrich our lives.

    As I wrap up this reflection on the beauty of cherishing life’s simple pleasures, let’s remember that amidst the chaos of our daily routines, it’s the unassuming moments that really enrich our lives. Taking a moment to breathe in the fresh morning air, savoring the first sip of coffee, or sharing a genuine smile with a stranger – these are the experiences that fill our lives with joy and contentment. So, I urge you to slow down, be present, and embrace the beauty of the ordinary. For it is in these seemingly mundane instances that we find the true essence of happiness and well-being.

  • Kitchen Detox: Tossing Out the Old for a Fresher Feel

    When Dave and I moved to Arizona, I thought I really got rid of a lot of unused kitchen “stuff.” If that was the case, why did I haul so many rarely and unused items with me? I was stuck in the, “I’m sure I’ll use this someday” mentality! Plus, I had tons of pantry space in my previous homes so what difference did it make? All that stuff really weighs you down though, especially when you don’t even use it.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your kitchen, and you’re ready to clear out the unnecessary items to make your space feel refreshed, then join me today! From duplicate utensils and rarely used appliances to expired pantry items and unmatched food storage containers, it’s time to say goodbye to the excess and hello to a streamlined kitchen setup. By decluttering these items, you’ll not only free up valuable space but also make it easier to find what you need when you need it.

    Imagine opening your kitchen cabinets to find everything neatly organized and easily accessible. No more digging through piles of mismatched dishes or searching for lids that never seem to fit. With a few simple decluttering tips, you can transform your kitchen into a stress-free zone where cooking becomes a joy instead of a chore.

    So, roll up your sleeves, grab a trash bag, and let’s declutter your kitchen together. Say goodbye to the clutter and hello to a kitchen that works for you.

    Have you ever reached for a snack in your kitchen only to find that it's way past its expiration date?

    Expired Foods

    Have you ever reached for a snack in your kitchen only to find that it’s way past its expiration date? Or worse, fixing dinner and realize a key ingredient is no longer fresh? Ugh! Let’s take a look at why it’s essential to clear them out.

    Check Those Expiration Dates

    When was the last time you checked the expiration dates on your food items? It’s easy to overlook them, but expired foods can pose health risks and compromise the taste and quality of your meals. Make it a habit to check the expiration dates regularly, especially for perishable items like dairy products, meats, and packaged goods.

    Sneaky Expirations to Watch For

    “Be sure to check expiration dates in the store too.” – The Minimalist Boomer

    Pay attention to the expiration dates in the grocery store too.

    Some foods can still be good even past their expiration dates, while others can turn bad sooner than you might think. Keep an eye out for sneaky expirations like canned goods, which can last for years if the can is undamaged. However, items like deli meats, cheeses, opened jars of sauces, and baked goods can spoil quicker than expected.

    Remember, when in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to expired foods in your kitchen. Regularly clearing out items that have passed their prime can help you maintain a safe and enjoyable cooking environment.

    Unused Appliances

    Have you ever noticed those appliances in your kitchen that just gather dust while sitting idly on the countertop or hidden away in the cabinets? Let’s take a closer look at these neglected items and how they could be cluttering up your kitchen space without any real purpose.

    Blue Bottle happens to be my favorite coffee!

    Appliances Gathering Dust

    When was the last time you used that waffle maker or rice cooker that’s been parked in the corner for months? These appliances may have been exciting to purchase initially, but if they’re not adding any value to your daily routine, they might be better off finding a new home. Clearing out these dust-collecting gadgets can free up valuable storage space for items you use more frequently.

    Outdated Gadgets

    Remember that old egg beater or coffee maker that you haven’t touched since you upgraded to a newer model? Keeping outdated gadgets around not only clutters your kitchen but also prevents you from fully enjoying the benefits of modern technology. Consider donating or recycling these appliances to make room for more efficient and functional upgrades that better suit your current needs.

    My mom and grandma had one of these!

    The Cluttered Utensil Drawer

    Do you find yourself struggling to locate the right cooking utensils in your cluttered drawer? It’s time to declutter and organize your kitchen tools for a more efficient cooking experience.

    Say Goodbye to Single-Use Gadgets

    Let’s start by saying goodbye to those single-use gadgets that take up unnecessary space in your utensil drawer. Do you really need that avocado slicer or strawberry huller? Instead of holding onto gadgets that serve only one purpose, opt for versatile tools that can handle multiple tasks. By decluttering these items, you free up space for essential utensils that you use regularly.

    Consider investing in quality multi-functional utensils like good quality knives, tongs, a whisk, and a spatula. These versatile tools can cover a wide range of cooking needs, reducing the clutter in your drawer while ensuring you have the right tool for the job. Streamline your utensil collection to make cooking more efficient and enjoyable.

    Organizers for the gadget drawer may be helpful.

    Organize Your Utensils for Efficiency

    Once you’ve bid farewell to single-use gadgets, it’s time to organize your utensils for maximum efficiency. Start by sorting similar items together to create a systematic layout in your drawer. Keep frequently used tools within easy reach, while relegating less commonly used items to the back of the drawer.

    Consider using drawer dividers or utensil organizers to separate different types of utensils and prevent them from becoming a tangled mess. This simple organizational hack can save you time searching for the right tool and streamline your cooking process. By creating designated spaces for each utensil, you establish a sense of order that makes meal preparation a breeze.

    Take the time to arrange your utensils based on your cooking habits and workflow. A well-organized utensil drawer not only enhances the functionality of your kitchen but also adds a touch of order to your cooking space.

    Mismatched Containers in the Kitchen

    Have you ever opened your kitchen cabinet only to be greeted by an avalanche of mismatched containers? The lid that never seems to fit the container or the container without a mate can be a common dilemma we face in our kitchens. Let’s dig into the lid and container mystery and bid farewell to those orphaned containers.

    “Bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it’s clutter, and it needs to go.”  – Charisse Ward

    Just keep what you use on a weekly basis.

    The Lid and Container Mystery

    Ah, the classic case of the missing lid! It’s like a kitchen version of a detective story. You find a container, but where in the world is its matching lid hiding? It’s as if they play hide and seek while we’re not looking. This mismatch can lead to frustration and chaos in the kitchen – lids scattered, containers stacked in confusion. One might wonder if there’s a secret portal where these lids vanish to, leaving behind their container companions.

    To tackle this mystery, consider organizing your lids and containers in a systematic manner. Perhaps designate a specific drawer or shelf just for lids, sorted by size or shape. This way, when it’s time to store leftovers or pack a lunch, you can easily find the perfect lid without rummaging through a pile of mismatched pieces. Or, (this is what I do), put the lid on the container and stack them in your pantry or cabinet. Just keep enough of each size for monthly use.

    Take a moment to assess your collection of containers. If a container has been alone for too long, consider repurposing it for a different use or recycling it if it no longer serves its purpose. By parting ways with these single containers, you can declutter your kitchen space and make room for more functional storage solutions.

    Expired Spices

    Oh boy, let’s take a look at our precious spice rack today! Who else has a collection of spices that seems to have a life of its own? I bet there are hidden gems back there that could tell stories if they could talk. But wait, before we start reminiscing, let’s face the reality of our spice rack.

    Check the expiration dates and keep what you use.

    Spice Rack Reality Check

    Alright, I know we all have a spice or two that have been chilling in the back of the cabinet since who knows when. And let me break it to you gently – spices don’t last forever! They lose their flavor and potency over time, leaving our dishes lackluster and uninspired. So, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and give that spice rack a good reality check.

    Revamp Your Spice Collection

    Now that we’ve come to terms with the sad truth that our once-beloved spices have lost their magic, it’s time to revamp our spice collection. The first step is to gather all your spices and do a thorough inspection. Check the expiration dates (if you can find them) or do a sniff test. Trust me; your nose knows best when it comes to spices.

    Next, say thank you and goodbye to those expired and flavorless spices. They had their time, and now it’s time to let them go. Once you’ve trimmed down your collection to the essentials, make a list of what you need to restock. As you’re placing them back in your shelf (or on a Lazy Susan, as in my case), it is helpful to alphabetize them so you can get your hands on them quickly.

    I keep the most commonly used spices on a lazy Susan.

    I hope you enjoyed this journey of decluttering your kitchen! By getting rid of unused items, expired products, and duplicates, you’re not just clearing physical space but also saving yourself time with food preparation.

    Remember, a decluttered,  well-organized kitchen can inspire creativity and make cooking more enjoyable. So, say goodbye to the clutter and hello to a refreshed and vibrant culinary space!

  • Unveiling the Illusion: How Appearances Can Be Deceiving

    Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover!

    Have you ever been surprised by the true nature of something or someone, realizing that external appearances can indeed be deceiving? It’s a common saying, but how often do we heed its wisdom in our daily lives?

    We live in a world that often values superficial qualities over deeper truths. Whether it’s judging people based on their looks, making assumptions about a situation without knowing the full story, or underestimating the potential of something based on its initial presentation, we are all guilty of falling into the trap of snap judgments.

    Today, let’s talk about how external appearances can be deceiving. We’ll explore real-life examples, dive into the reasons behind why we tend to judge hastily, and discuss the importance of looking beyond the surface to uncover the true essence of things. So, buckle up and get ready to challenge your preconceptions – you might just be in for a pleasant surprise!

    Unveiling the Illusion of External Appearances

    Have you ever stopped to think about the power of first impressions? It’s fascinating how quickly we form opinions about people based on their external appearances. But what if I told you that these snap judgments can often be deceiving?

    “A good first impression starts on the inside, not on the outside.” — Darren Hardy

    The Power of First Impressions

    Picture this: you walk into a room full of strangers, and within seconds, you’ve already decided who you want to talk to and who you want to avoid. That’s the magic of first impressions. Our brains are wired to make quick assessments based on what we see, even before a single word is spoken. But here’s the catch – external appearances can be deceiving. That person with the stern expression might have a heart of gold, while the one with the charming smile could be hiding a world of insecurities. It’s like judging a book by its cover without ever flipping through the pages.

    But here's the catch - external appearances can be deceiving.

    The Impact of Misconceptions

    Misconceptions can have a profound impact on our interactions and opportunities. They often stem from snap judgments based on external appearances, leading to misunderstandings, and missed connections in various aspects of life.

    Relationships and Misjudgment

    Misjudging others based on preconceived notions can strain relationships and hinder genuine connections. When we allow misconceptions to cloud our perceptions, we risk overlooking the true essence of individuals. These misunderstandings can create rifts between friends, family members, or even colleagues. By assuming we know someone based solely on their appearance or a few surface-level interactions, we deny ourselves the opportunity to forge meaningful relationships built on understanding and acceptance.

    Lost Opportunities Due to Hasty Assumptions

    “I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.” — Daniel Handler

    I knew it the first time we met.

    Hasty assumptions driven by misconceptions can also lead to missed opportunities. Whether in the professional realm or personal life, making quick judgments without a thorough understanding of a situation or individual can result in lost chances for growth and enrichment.

    Opportunities for collaboration, learning, or personal development may slip away when we rush to conclusions based on limited information. By taking the time to challenge our assumptions and delve deeper beneath the surface, we open ourselves up to a world of possibilities that would have otherwise remained hidden.

    In a world where external appearances can be deceiving, it is essential to approach each interaction with an open mind and a willingness to look beyond initial impressions. By recognizing and addressing our misconceptions, we pave the way for richer relationships and unlock doors to opportunities we might have otherwise overlooked.

    “Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.”
    ― Steve Cosgroves

    Open the book. Dig a little deeper.

    Just like a book with a plain cover may hold the most captivating story, people too can surprise us with their depth and character once we get to know them beyond their exterior.

  • Rethinking Perfection for Lasting Fulfillment

    Have you ever tried to do something perfectly? Think about it. You work at it, doing it repeatedly. Perhaps you read more about it or consult an “expert” opinion on it and keep working on it. Do you ever reach your idea of “perfect?” Or is that idea in your head really just what you think will be perfection? Perhaps it is simply the act of doing something consistently well, over time, that becomes the perfection you are seeking.

    Think about what actually defines perfection. It’s not always about grand gestures or extraordinary feats; often, it’s the commitment to mastering the ordinary tasks with unwavering excellence. In a world that glorifies the exceptional, embracing the beauty of doing everyday things well can be a game-changer.

    Let’s examine the essence of perfection, not as an unattainable ideal but as a mindset shift toward finding fulfillment in the simplicity of executing the mundane impeccably. As I explore this concept further, I invite you to reconsider your perception of perfection and discover the profound impact of mastering the basics in every aspect of life.

    From the seemingly mundane routines to the overlooked daily chores, there is immense power in dedicating ourselves to performing these tasks with precision and care. It’s in these moments of focused attention and dedication that we nurture a sense of pride and accomplishment that goes beyond the ordinary into the realm of excellence.

    Join me on this journey of redefining perfection as we unravel the potential of doing the ordinary well. Together, let’s embrace the beauty of mastering the everyday tasks and infusing them with a touch of perfection that elevates our lives in ways we never thought possible.

    “Have no fear of perfection-you’ll never reach it. Just do the ordinary well.” – Salvador Dali

    Keep doing the ordinary well.

    Reframing Perfection

    Have you ever stopped to consider what true success really means? In a world where extraordinary feats often take the spotlight, it’s easy to lose sight of the value in doing the ordinary exceptionally well.

    “The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake. You can’t learn anything from being perfect.” – Adam Osbourne

    Defining True Success

    Success is not always about grand gestures or monumental achievements. True success lies in the everyday moments where we strive to be the best version of ourselves. It’s in the small, consistent actions we take toward achieving our goals, in the dedication to improving a little bit each day.

    Consistency is the key.

    Rejecting the Myth of Extraordinary Feats

    The societal pressure to constantly chase extraordinary feats can be overwhelming. The reality is that true fulfillment comes from finding joy and purpose in the ordinary tasks of life. By rejecting the myth that success is only measured by extraordinary accomplishments, we free ourselves to appreciate the beauty in the simplicity of everyday moments. Let’s not forget the power of doing the ordinary well. Redefine perfection for yourself as the art of mastering the everyday, finding beauty in the mundane, and celebrating the small victories along the way.

    The Power of Consistency

    Consistency is like the steady beat of a drummer in a band – it sets the rhythm for success in both our personal and professional lives. Finding joy in daily accomplishments not only boosts our morale but also fuels our motivation to keep going. Imagine how satisfying it feels to check off tasks from your to-do list, no matter how small they may seem. It’s these little victories that add up and form the foundation of a successful, fulfilling life.

    “The only way you see results is if you stay consistent.” – Coach Sepi Bricker

    Our commitment to doing the ordinary well serves as a beacon of inspiration.

    Finding Joy in Daily Accomplishments

    By consistently completing tasks, we train our brains to associate effort with reward. Each completed task becomes a stepping stone toward our bigger goals, instilling a sense of achievement and satisfaction. This positive reinforcement encourages us to tackle future challenges with enthusiasm and determination. Embrace the process and celebrate even the smallest wins – it’s the daily victories that pave the way for long-term success.

    The Impact of Ordinary Excellence

    In a world that often celebrates grand achievements and extraordinary feats, there lies a quiet strength in the pursuit of ordinary excellence. By focusing on doing the everyday tasks exceptionally well, we not only elevate our own lives but also create a ripple effect that inspires those around us.

    Notice the exceptional beauty around you.

    Creating Lasting Fulfillment

    In the journey of embracing ordinary excellence, we find fulfillment in the process itself, recognizing that true satisfaction comes from the dedication we put into each task, no matter how tedious it may seem. This lasting fulfillment is a testament to the power of consistency and dedication in shaping a meaningful and purposeful life.

    As I reflect on the essence of perfection, I realize that it is not about striving to accomplish extraordinary feats, but rather about executing the ordinary consistently, with precision and care. It is in the everyday tasks, the seemingly monotonous actions, where true excellence is found. By approaching each task with dedication and attention to detail, we can elevate the ordinary into something extraordinary. So, let’s embrace the beauty of simplicity and the power of consistency in our pursuit of perfection.

  • Answer the Phone…Who Remembers the “Land-line?”

    Do you remember a time when the phone was connected to the wall? I sure can! Growing up, we had one phone in the house, and it was in the kitchen. It had a very long cord, and I could drag it around the corner to have a little privacy when I wanted to talk to a friend. But that was it. Kids these days are “glued” to their phones. But it isn’t just the kids. How many of us sleep with our phone right next to our bed and rarely leave home without it? Guilty!

    ” I can remember begging my parents for a phone of my own to keep in my room!” – The Minimalist Boomer

    Before smartphones ruled our every waking moment, being tied to the wall meant embracing the present.

    Back then, people seemed to have a sense of freedom that we struggle to find today. The nostalgia surrounding the era when phones were physically tied down brings a bittersweet longing for simpler times.

    Today, technological distractions constantly pull our attention in different directions. The constant notifications, messages, and alerts can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from the present moment. But what if we paused and reflected on a time when being “tied” to a phone meant the freedom to be truly present in our surroundings?

    This contemplation can start a conversation about the impact of technological advancements on our daily lives. Are we liberated by our devices, or have we unknowingly become enslaved to them? Let’s talk about the complexities of these distractions and uncover the essence of freedom in a world where being “tied” to a phone holds a different meaning.

    Can you still remember your childhood phone number?

    The Evolution of Communication Technology

    Communication technology has come a long way, transforming the way we connect with one another. From the days when wired phones tethered us to a specific spot to the advent of wireless communication, each advancement has brought us closer together…or has it?

    Uninterrupted Conversations

    When the phone was connected to the wall, conversations were sacred. People listened attentively, devoid of the myriad distractions that plague communication today. It was a time when the voice on the other end held our undivided attention, creating deep and meaningful connections.

    Rediscovering Freedom from Distractions

    We often find ourselves constantly connected to technology, bombarded with notifications and distractions that can take a toll on our mental well-being. Rediscovering freedom from these technological distractions is essential for reclaiming our personal space and mental clarity.

    “The shared family phone served as an anchor for home. Home is where you could be reached.” – Luke Fernandez

    It allowed us to hear the familiar dial tone, signaling the opportunity to reach out to our family and friends

    Embracing Unplugged Moments

    One way to rediscover freedom is by embracing unplugged moments. Here are some tips on how we can reclaim our freedom by disconnecting from constant connectivity:

    • Create Tech-Free Zones: Designate specific areas in your home where technology is not allowed to create spaces for relaxation and connection.
    • Set Boundaries: Establish boundaries for technology use, such as turning off notifications during specific times to focus on genuine human interactions.
    • Engage in Offline Activities: Spend time engaging in activities that do not involve screens, such as reading a book, going for a walk, or playing board games.

    Embracing the Moment

    Before smartphones ruled our every waking moment, being tied to the wall meant embracing the present. Without the ability to carry our phones around, we were forced to engage with our surroundings, appreciating the beauty of the moment without the intrusion of technological distractions.

    Back in the day, when the phone was tethered to the wall, our interactions were more intentional, and our focus was undivided. We look back on a time when conversations were cherished, and distractions were minimal. However, as we live day-to-day, we find ourselves entangled in a web of technological distractions, often losing sight of the freedom we once enjoyed.

    You don't see these much anymore.

    Reflecting on an era when the phone was connected to the wall evokes nostalgia for a simpler time when human connections were paramount. It reminds us of the freedom found in being physically tethered to a device, a stark contrast to the constant digital tether we experience today. Let’s cherish the moments of disconnection and rediscover the true essence of communication in a world filled with so many distractions.

    This exploration into the past serves as a reminder that true freedom can sometimes be found in limitations, and perhaps it’s time to reconnect with the simplicity and anticipation of communication that thrived when the phone was just a humble instrument on the wall.