Freeing Dobby

Finding Minimalism, was so profound in my life, that I felt physically changed. Something was different. I found myself walking places and thinking, “I wonder if people know I am a minimalist?” As if it was something written in red marker on my face, or a new pair of jeans that fit just right. As if looking in the mirror at a new outfit and asking myself, “does this make me look minimalist?”

I am sure not everyone that goes minimalist has these profound thoughts, but I am certain they feel changed in some way. Like the changing of the seasons, my life felt changed. I want to share my passion for minimalism because it truly has impacted my life. I have never experienced simplicity to this extent before, and it feels selfish to keep it all to myself!

Does this make me look minimalist?

Kelly Hoover

I want this for you and your life. Why minimalism? Why not just declutter your stuff and forget the rest? It is so much more than that. It is going against the current. You can declutter all your stuff, but at the end of the day if you don’t start using the new found time wisely, what has really changed?

Why Minimalism?

It is going against the current.

Start small. It doesn’t have to be a profound change on day 1. The changes will come and they will result in a passionate love for simple. Give yourself time to flourish. Start dreaming big dreams! What do you really want your life to look like?

Minimalism was a jumping off point for me. It was like once I started to see the changes, I yearned for more of that. I wanted to simplify every aspect of my life. Not so I would be bored and twiddling my thumbs, but so I could enjoy the things that truly mattered.

My son is having a birthday party this weekend, and for the first time in his 8 years, he didn’t want a bunch of stuff, he wanted experiences. He wants to go to the zoo, ride his bike to get ice cream, and spend time with his extended family. His priorities have changed, not because we told him “NO MORE TOYS” but, because he sees the changes and wants that too.

So what has changed in my daily life since going minimal? Well for one thing, there are fewer socks waiting in the laundry basket until Dobby the house elf comes asking to be freed! Really though, my laundry is now done in a timely manner and in fewer loads.

Well for one thing, there are fewer socks waiting in the laundry basket until Dobby the house elf, comes asking to be freed!

Kelly Hoover

I have more time to… find where the smell is coming from! Moms out there, you know what I am talking about. I sadly have asked myself too many times to count “I wonder how long that has been there!” Anyone else ever feel like sherlock holmes on the case of the mystery smell. Now I have the time to track the smell before it becomes a real problem.

I have more time to fracture my elbow gracefully ice skate with my family on the pond across the street. While I may not be as athletic and graceful as I once was, I still enjoy this family activity during the winter.

All kidding aside, having more time to do things that speak life into myself and my family, is the greatest part of this journey. We may not have the latest gadgets or trendiest clothes, but we choose each other daily and that is what matters most. Choosing a life of less, has given us so much more than we could ever imagine.

Live Simply Friend,

Kelly Hoover

Strolling through Minimalism

A friend and I took a walk last week and my favorite topic came up, Minimalism. Our daughters are best friends, we have vacationed together and have grown very close the past few years. Yet, she didn’t really know how far our minimalist lifestyle was going. As we strolled the trail, she simply asked me, “how do you get started with something like that, I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we have. Your house always looks clean.” I realized in that moment, that I had been a fraud!

I will be honest, I like to have an organized home, however I am not an organized person. I used to spend hours cleaning my home, so it would be ready for guests. It wasn’t simple. It was actually quite exhausting. My friend see’s my home when I have spent time cleaning, and removing items from the counter tops and tables. She didn’t see the laundry strewn about the rooms, or the toothpaste smeared sinks. She saw the picture I wanted her to see. I wasn’t a tidy person, I just knew how to hide all my crap!

I wasn’t a tidy person, I just knew how to hide all my crap!

Kelly Hoover

When I chose minimalism, I found that my home was no longer a mess all the time. I could actually tidy it in mere minutes. All the stuff, was the cause of hours, of agonizing cleaning. Once I removed items from my home, I found that everything had a place, and I could put things away. This lead me to some of my favorite tidying up tricks.

  1. If it doesn’t serve you, remove it. Take the time to declutter so the things you take care of are actually items that you need or love.
  2. If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it right now. Don’t put off taking care of a task if it takes less than 2 minutes to do. This will save your counter tops from becoming a landing spot. When you begin taking care of things quickly you will immediately see the benefits of keeping things tidy.
  3. Make your bed. Making your bed sets the tone for the rest of your room. If the bed is made, you are less likely to allow clutter to make it’s way into your room.
  4. Put everything away on your counters. I love having a clean kitchen, and counter tops. When the kitchen is clean it sparks more creativity. I am happy to make a meal, when I start with a clean slate.
  5. Before Bed, take a walk through your house and put things away. If you can start your day off without the mess, you set the tone for a better day!
  6. 5 minutes is all you need. If a task seems daunting to you, instead of trying to tackle the entire job, set a timer for 5 minutes. When the timer goes off, give yourself grace to walk away. If those 5 minutes motivated you, then by all means, keep up the good work!

Not because we have too much, but simply because we live here.

Kelly Hoover

When you read this, you may be like my friend, whom thinks my home is always picture perfect. My heart wants you to understand that life is messy. Our home still lacks organization. Not because we have too much, but simply because we live here. I still trip over stuffed animals or Legos on my way to kiss my kids goodnight. Minimalism isn’t about perfection. Instead its a clear awakening, to life full of possibilities. Allowing ourselves to see clearly what truly matters.

Instead it’s a clear awakening, to life full of possibilities.

Kelly Hoover

Don’t seek perfection. Instead live this messy, crazy life, with intention. Do what you want, seek your own path, and keep pressing on.

Live Simply Friends,

Kelly Hoover

Minimalism For The Win!

I am so excited to share with you all some of my favorite things about minimalism! Yesterday I promised I would give you some insight into some of the best ways to fill your new found time since going minimalist. Let me begin with a little story of my day yesterday. I woke up feeling pretty good, so I got showered and ready for my day. I took the kids to school, then proceeded to get some laundry done and declutter my bathroom. Then I had a dentist appointment that took just over an hour. I decided to meet a friend and go for a 3.5 mile walk. I came home and saw that my pup had an accident in the house, so I proceeded to clean the carpets. After my walk and doing the heavy lifting of washing carpets, I decided to take a bath. When I was done with all of that it was time to head to pick my kids up from school. Some times our days are not what we had planned and we can easily feel overwhelmed.

Why am I sharing my entire day with you? Since minimalism, what would have exhausted me and made me feel out of sorts, instead was no sweat off my back. I had time to do the things I enjoyed! My day wasn’t exactly how I would have planned it, but because I have more free time, the hiccups didn’t cause me to want to crawl back in bed and start my day over! I actually sent my husband a text saying “Minimalism for the Win!” So how would you spend your days if you had more time to do what you enjoy?

Today I am going to share 15 of my favorite things to fill your time when going minimalist. When you choose minimalism all of the sudden you may find yourself wondering how best to fill your days. When I spent my days shopping for everything I thought I “needed” I literally wasted HOURS of my day. When I decided to stop the habits that kept me “busy” I found I had freedom to enjoy life on my terms. So this is a list of my 15 favorite activities!

  1. READ Get a good book (or a blog you like, ahem) and make time to enjoy it. Or better yet, read a novel to your kids. Quality time with them is always a win in my book!
  2. EXERCISE Do something active every single day. No excuses!
  3. WALK Get outside and simply walk. Don’t put in earphones, just be present.
  4. HELP SOMEONE Know someone that could use some help, find the time to lend a hand!
  5. DECLUTTER FRIENDS HOMES Kind of joking, but no really, if you have found yourself with extra time and you know friends that could use the help, get in there and help them get rid of stuff that is weighing them down!
  6. VOLUNTEER Schools can always use help! Find somewhere that could use the extra hand and make it a priority.
  7. BIKE RIDE I love to just take a ride. This is such a great way to get outdoors and also spend quality time with your family.
  8. WATCH A MOVIE I would save this one for a rainy day! Sometimes you just need to put up your feet and relax.
  9. HIKE My family absolutely loves to hike the trails. Find a trail close by and get outside!
  10. PLANT A GARDEN There is really not many things better than getting your hands into some soil! The reward of good home grown food!
  11. PLAY GAMES This can be anything, cards, board games, or outdoor games!
  12. MAKE MEALS WITH KIDS My kids are always asking to learn how to cook. Now that I have more time, I am teaching them some of my favorite recipes.
  13. TEACH KIDS A NEW CRAFT I love spending time making things with my kids. Sometimes it’s an actual craft and other times, it something like building things with dad. Kids can do so much more than we think. Teach them useful things!
  14. CAMP This is my all time favorite summer activity! We love to spend time together in the peaceful serenity of nature.
  15. PLAY SPORTS Who doesn’t love playing a quick game of volleyball, basketball, or the like? If you haven’t played in awhile don’t worry, its just fun to be out there! My kids are so much better at basketball than I am, but they still love playing with me!

Minimalism seeks to remove the frivolous and keep the significant.

When I chose minimalism I didn’t think it would make a great impact on my day to day life. I really didn’t believe all the hype that this would give me more time in my schedule and the freedom to do more. Since going minimalist, I can honestly say that my days are no longer filled with stress and anxiety. I have found freedom to do what I love most. Minimalism seeks to remove the frivolous and keep the significant. When we put that in the spotlight, we can make better choices for how we want to spend our time.

I recently heard a statistics that is so baffling to me. We use 20% of items we own 80% of the time. Think about that for just a moment. We are only truly using 20% of what we own! So why do we keep the other 80% of stuff that we rarely use?! It really is mind boggling! What if you chose to decrease the amount of stuff you manage, and put the time you would have spent managing to good use?

We use 20% of items we own 80% of the time.

Another thought that has stuck with me this week, is that we consume so many items, that are advertised to make our lives simpler, yet we actually don’t have the time to use them. I think of my kids toy room. When they had loads of toys they rarely had the time to play with them all. Instead they were just sitting in a heap on the floor. There are just not enough hours in the day for them to play with each toy. When we simplified our toys, we were given the freedom to choose what stayed. My kids chose items that they knew they enjoyed playing with, and now they have more time to play, because they are not searching for toys in a room that is disorganized and filled to the brim.

Doesn’t minimalism sound attractive? I know that the leap to minimalism can seem scary. If you are ready to get your feet wet and try it out for yourself, I can tell you, you won’t regret it! I would love to hear how you are minimizing and simplifying your life!

Live Simply Friends,

Kelly Hoover

Greedy Minimalism

I recently heard this idea that taking more than we need is actually greed. Like all of you, we have been dealing with Covid for the past year. During this time we have chosen to stock up on essential items as they become available. Sure in some ways that can be good because we are planning ahead, and also paying a lower price than when things are out of stock and selling for a much higher price. Here’s the thing though, as a Christian, I believe that God will take care of me.

In Matthew 6:26 He puts it this way “Look at the birds of the air; They do now sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” In a world where we have so much, are we becoming greedy and storing things away for ourselves? When we turn our eyes on the truth, we can see that our hoarding tendencies are not of God. As a christian minimalist I have to trust that God will take care of my needs. It is easy to fall into this idea that we need to stock up on every sale and buy more than we need. The world is telling us daily that we need more. Instead of taking more than we need what if we chose to trust that our needs will be met?

When we focus on that truth, we can identify the lies. For example, we are inadequate when we don’t have what advertisers tell us we need. We actually feel deeply hurt by this. We start to doubt our abilities, our identities and so much more. Start to question why you feel you need certain things. Is it only because someone has told you that you need it? Will it actually make your life better? We buy so many gadgets to make our lives simpler, when if we look to the truth, we see that simplifying happens when we choose to have less.

So how do we get to a place where we can trust and not hoard.

  1. Start eating what you have and don’t buy more. If you have a stockpile of food in your basement, that’s okay, but start eating it so it doesn’t become waste.
  2. Only buy what you need when you run out. We don’t need to all hoard toilet paper, buy what you will need for the time, and leave the rest. Same goes for food, shampoo, toys, or anything else you normally buy extra of.
  3. Don’t impulse buy. Just because advertisers tell you, you need this, doesn’t mean you do. Don’t shop for hobby. Instead be a conscious consumer.
  4. Find a hobby and spend time doing it. Instead of filling your days will worry, self doubt, and consumerism, find something you enjoy doing and make time for it.

When we waste our time on worry, buying more than we need, or working harder and longer to pay for all the things we are told we need, we are not being good stewards of what God has gifted us.

Our time is a valuable commodity. When we waste our time on worry, buying more than we need, or working harder and longer to pay for all the things we are told we need, we are not being good stewards of what God has gifted us. Wouldn’t you rather spend your valuable time doing what you love?

Wouldn’t you rather spend your valuable time doing what you love?

Kelly Hoover

So now that you have chosen to take the leap and become a minimalist, what are you going to do with all the new time you have? Join me tomorrow as we discuss ways to fill your time, that will give you life, energy, and joy!

Live Simply Friends,

Kelly Hoover

Lupus Minimalist

When I started telling people I was a minimalist, some had no idea what it was, why I would want to live this way, and some were pretty critical. Today I wanted to share why I chose minimalism and what it has changed in our lives. When I first heard about minimalism I honestly don’t remember what I thought it was exactly, but I knew I loved the idea of simple living. I dreamed of living on a farm, spending hours outdoors, living off the land and certainly off the grid. When I learned what minimalism was and that I could actually pursue a life of less, I was all in.

That being said, my friends and family looked like deer in the headlights when I first talked about this lifestyle. Some were confused by it, and others were actually a bit critical. They didn’t fully understand it and thought we were going to go off the deep end and would start living with only a backpack and a few essential items. That isn’t the case at all though. Choosing to live with less has opened up a whole new world for us.

To start at the beginning, I will let you in on a few secrets of mine. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom. I loved the idea of making art projects with my kids, making delicious gourmet meals, cleaning the house to perfection, and snuggling babies all day long. Then lupus joined my party. I was tired, fatigued, achy, and I felt like a light switch had gone off and I was this new person that was far less than who I wanted to be. I struggled to think straight and couldn’t remember things moments after being told. I felt like I was living in a dense fog that I couldn’t see through.

When minimalism was introduced to me, I didn’t know how much it would help me. I had no idea the amount of joy, it would bring me. While I still have occasional flares, I can say that my health has been better than it was years ago. I actually am currently dealing with a mild flare due to my Blood Pressure being high and beginning a new medication. So this is on my heart right now. In years past when I would flare I would find myself crying in my bed because I was missing out on life and I had stuff I needed to do. I had loads of laundry, house work, meal prep, and all that comes with being a homemaker. I would make myself sicker, by worrying about all that I wasn’t getting done. Thankfully I have an incredible husband, who never hesitates to pick up the slack, and is my number one support when it comes to my health.

So as I am currently, in a state of fatigue and shakes, I can say that I am not worried about the house, or chores that need to be done. I can sit on the couch and write this because I have found peace in the journey. Please don’t feel sorry for me. I am a strong woman that has been handed some junk, but it is part of my journey and I will survive.

When I first discovered minimalism one thing that stuck out to me the most was the idea that I didn’t need to “manage” all the stuff I owned. Before this, I didn’t realize I had been managing so much. I was just used to doing it all, and trying to stay afloat. Now I can ask myself, if each item is worth the time and energy it takes for me to manage it. Most of the time the answer is no. I also learned that if you are holding an item in your hand and asking if it is worth managing and it isn’t a clear YES, then it is probably a NO. Let it go and move on.

If it isn’t a clear YES, then it is probably a NO. Let go and move on.

I decided for myself that minimalism was a good fit for our family. When I am not constantly managing all that we own, I have time to rest, read, play, and do the things that matter the most to me. I don’t feel the weight of the rat race, trying to push forward and win. I am much more peaceful and rested. Knowing that my lupus is a very real problem, choosing to take on a minimalist life gave me peace of mind.

Along with all the fatigue and aches, I also really didn’t have the mental capacity to think ahead or stay in the moment. When I gave up all the stuff, I found space to let my mind expand. I wasn’t thinking about things yet to do, or unfinished work. I had the time to rest which in turn gave my brain a break. Now when my kids are talking to me, I can listen and respond. I can remember things that I couldn’t before. I am not just reacting to the moments, I am able to mentally respond in a way that is kind and thoughtful.

While I am in no way saying that if you have a medical condition, Minimalism will fix it. However, I do believe, living this way, has lifted a weight off me so I can live more, and worry less. I can enjoy the simple things. So how do we decide what makes the cut to stay in our home? We ask simple questions. For example I was holding onto some Christmas Decor recently that I loved. While holding each item I asked myself, is this item worth my time, energy and effort to manage it? Most things I was able to part with. While many items were cute, and I enjoyed them, they were not worth managing for me.

Managing your items isn’t always easy. We don’t actually think of each items cost for living in our home. If you have to care for it, clean it, put new batteries in it, or store it 9 months out of the year, those are all costs to keeping items. You should weigh each item by this measure. Our time and energy are worth more than a sticker price. Why allow yourself to feel that weight of stuff when you can simply choose to manage less?

What are you managing today that isn’t worth your time and energy? When you start removing items from your home it is like opening space not just in your home, but also inside of yourself. You can breathe freely, and think clearly.

Live Simply Friends,

Kelly Hoover

CAUTION: ROAD BLOCK AHEAD

Detour ahead! Minimalism has not been as easy, as I thought it would be. I envisioned our lives as minimalists being carefree, running through the woods hiking, taking long bike rides, sitting on beaches in far off countries, and just living our best life. While that is certainly attainable for some that isn’t the case with our family.

When I first spoke about minimalism to my husband, I was hungry for new beginnings. I wanted to start over in a sense. I wanted less of everything that was crowding our lives. I began to fiercely go through my items, and get rid of things that I didn’t use. It started off as just decluttering a bit. That turned into trying to live with only what I truly needed. That worked for me. My husband on the other hand didn’t understand why we had to get rid of everything. He wants to keep every shirt he’s ever owned. As we discussed our points of view, I couldn’t help but feel like I wasn’t explaining my side well enough. He wasn’t seeing how much easier life would be with less.

I felt completely confused, and struggled to understand, why he wasn’t jumping into this with both feet, the same way I did. Then it occurred to me that, I haven’t been trustworthy with my spending in the past. His defense was that every time we get rid of stuff, we go out to replace those items. I know this was true in the past, but I have to prove to him that this isn’t a fad. I can see the changes in myself and my eagerness to stay the course. So I reminded him of my shirt, he recently placed on the lamp to make the lighting less bright in our room. The shirt got burned and literally crumbled in the washing machine! My first thought was not to replace this shirt, instead it was a sense of relief as one more item left our home. What my husband thought though, was that I would need to run out to the store to get a replacement.

So as our discussion went on, he realized the changes I was making were for the betterment of myself. I am no longer asking him to rid his closet of his high school Cross Country Team shirts.(I know, Right!?) His items may mean more to him, than what my items mean to me. I didn’t consider that when I started this journey. My husband rarely buys anything. He uses what he has, but when he receives something new he treasures it and maintains it. He takes great care of things and I admire that about him.

This leads me to my next life lesson. We don’t all have to travel on the same path, to get to the same destination. While my husband has said he likes the idea of our family becoming minimalists, his route looks different than mine. Instead of decluttering first, he chooses to not buy any unnecessary items. He will eventually declutter his closet or tools but for now, I will work around his stuff. Every path to minimalism looks different! While we all want the same end result these are not all identical. The end goal is to live a fuller life with fewer things getting in the way.

We don’t all have to travel on the same path, to get to the same destination.

Kelly Hoover

My next big life lesson came in the form of my best friend buying a new home. I remember being so excited for her, and wanting to hear all about how she was going to decorate. She has an absolutely beautiful home! What was so mind opening for me was, when I visited her and she told me that she loved her kitchen cabinets because they were “HER STYLE.” They were not the trendy new farmhouse style of white with black handles, or what we see in every magazine, or home remodel show. They were what she liked. That was so refreshing to me. It was almost as if, without evening realizing, she was going against the grain and doing what was right for her. She didn’t feel the need to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing. WOW! I left her home feeling excited and I knew that I wanted to do the same.

My final life lesson is that, I realized there are people out there that are just like me! There are people who have found their passion for living with less. They want to share this passion because it has truly changed their lives. They are finding contentment in living simply. When I decided to start this journey, I figured there were a few well known minimalists in the world. I didn’t consider all the others out there, that are not well known, but are still choosing this path. I am finding community with like minded people. It is so refreshing to know you are not alone!

If you are just beginning your journey, know that you are not alone, We don’t all take the same path to get here but we all want the same end results. Your journey is yours and you have the freedom to like what you like! Don’t fall into the trap of being like everyone else because it is what you are told is best. Find what you like and stick with that!

Come back and read my next post, where I discuss how minimalism has changed my life! You don’t want to miss it!

Live Simply Friends,

Kelly Hoover

Better with Less?

How might your life be better with less? Many times we consider our lives can only be better with more. If we have a bigger house, nicer cars, more stuff, etc, we will be happy. What if the answer isn’t actually about getting more stuff, but about having more LIFE. When we think of our lives, we tend to dream about the days when we will be free from the daily grind, able to live life fully, and do what we really love. What we don’t consider is, if we give up some of the stuff that holds us back from those things, would they be attainable right now?

What if I told you that you could be living a more full life right now? Sure that sounds a bit cliche and like an ad for some vitamin that will give you energy for weeks to come. Honestly though, it can be done. I have been doing some more digging to see what we feel is holding us back from living a life of freedom. So many of us have jobs, volunteer commitments, kids in sports, etc. that keep us from committing to change. We have been ingrained with this idea that if we just have more, we will feel better. Have you ever wanted to buy an item and thought, if I buy that I won’t ever need to buy another… You get the item and then inevitably weeks later you decide you need something else. We are never content. Once we acquire all that we “want” our wants become more. It is a snowball effect.

We will never have enough to end the cycle. We will continue to buy things because we feel the need to keep up with the rest of the world. Can we answer honestly, why? What do we REALLY want? More stuff? More time? The answer was clear to me, when my kids came home again this year and I realized, my priorities were not on my kids, it was on looking good to everyone else. That all changed in a moment when I realized I didn’t want to play this game any longer. I didn’t really care if I had the trendiest clothes, or the biggest house. I realized those things didn’t actually matter to ME. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life comparing myself to everyone else.

I realized those things didn’t actually matter to ME.

Kelly Hoover

So what do you want? What would you do with less? I have been pondering this question for a few weeks now. So as any good writer I started jotting things down as they came to me. I started making a bucket list. Some are big dreams and others are things we can do on a whim. One of the things I yearned for the most though, was being able to stay in the moment. There is this beautiful song by Jeremy Camp called “Keep Me In The Moment.” The lyrics are a prayer, “Oh Lord keep me in the moment, let me live with my eyes wide open, cause I don’t want to miss what you have for me. Oh Lord show me what matters, throw away what I’m chasing after, Cause I don’t want to miss what you have for me, Keep me in the moment, keep me in the moment. keep me in the moment.”

If you could live life better with less, how would you live? What would you do?

Kelly Hoover

As that song played in my earbuds, I realized that my prayer is to stay living in the moment. I don’t want to be distracted. I want to live life in a way that gives life. So I started looking long and hard at what was keeping me from staying in the moment. What were our distractions. So I composed a list and want to share with you how we started living in the moment.

  1. TURN OFF THE NOISE I have always loved listening to the radio in the car. I realized though that I wasn’t listening to my kids when I asked them how their day was after school. Instead of tuning into them completely, I was singing the lyrics to what was on the radio. Our world is noisy enough, so take time to be quiet.
  2. TURN OFF THE TV I know some of you are cringing and maybe even getting ready to close this box! Here’s the thing though, I started turning off the TV and setting actual boundaries and we are enjoying it so much we may just get rid of the TV all together. My kids used to wake up in the morning and head downstairs to watch TV before getting ready for school. Now they are reading more, talking during breakfast, and are finding they don’t feel anxious about rushing to get to school. After school they are playing outside more, reading more, creating more and just overall enjoying their days more. It doesn’t seem like TV is all that bad, but I challenge you to turn it off for some time, and see what you accomplish without it.
  3. DELETE THE APPS These are the things we mindlessly click for no apparent reason. If you have apps on your phone that you know you can’t seem to stop clicking on, cut the cord and let them go. When your life is over do you think you will be happy with the amount of time you spent clicking? I look around now and see all the people that are missing out on the moments right in front of them. I refuse to keep living my life that way.
  4. CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE I know this one is easier said than done. We all have commitments we can’t just let go of. What if we could let go of the things though that aren’t speaking life into us. Maybe you are on the PTA and you hate every second of it, but you made a commitment for the year. I suggest when that year is up, wash your hands of it. Walk away from what you don’t love.
  5. PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE I know we are all busy and attached, but make time to put your phone away. My husband has a busy job that at times pulls him away from us. We understand that some phone calls can’t wait, but some can. If you are sitting down as a family for dinner, if the call can wait, let it. Find time to enjoy life and not be distracted.

If you know there are things in your life that are keeping you from living it to the fullest, get rid of them. Don’t wait for change to come to you. Be the change you want to see. If you could live life better with less, how would you live? What would you do?

Live Simply,

Kelly Hoover