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Keeping It Simple

Friday, October 26, 2012

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more difficult.  It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move swiftly in the opposite direction.”  –E.F. Schumacher

I was looking at my banner this morning and how it says I am living the simple vintage life. Am I really or am I allowing complexity and difficulty rule my life.

I wrote Wednesday about how I find it difficult to say no and that it is causing problems with my work at home situation. I was immediately tested on my resolve to say no and it worked. I was able to get more done, feel less exhausted, and cook dinner for four people. 

Today, though I realized that I need to decide what is most important in my life and eliminate the things that really don't matter. There are too many things cluttering up my life that I don't need. I don't want a lot of bells and whistles in my days. 

I need to let go of the things that I don't feel passionate about, because in the end those things will not serve me well. I really do like the simple life. I love rustic and worn, I love old, well loved antiques. I love the search for wonderful finds and sharing them in my Etsy shops and my new booth.

I want to spend more time enjoying life's simple pleasures. I love walking in the country and next spring after I get my other knee replaced, I intend to do a lot of that. 

I intend to clean and organize my work space, because the clutter and the disorganization are anxiety producing and time wasting.

I need to focus on the supportive people in my life and lovingly let go of those who are not.

I need to believe in me, because I am unique, as each of us is. I don't need to change to meet the approval of others. They need to respect me for who I am or move on.

Yes, times are hard. I am self employed in a difficult economy, but keeping it simple and liking myself will see me through.

All photos are from ImSoVintage the shop



  1. That is a good plan!

    May it be everything you want it to be.

  2. Amen Sister! That's all I have to say except you are so right and an inspiration to me!

    Let's Do It!


  3. Who knows why we tend to complicate our lives with things and attitudes we don't really need? Sometimes the best thing to do is just to clean house and get rid of what no longer serves us so that we can concentrate on what is really important. Sending you positive thoughts.

    Susan and Bentley

  4. What a great attitude! I have been trying to simplify my physical space by getting rid of things I don't need or use. Even that helps me a lot.

  5. Loved your vignette photos with your inspiring post.

  6. I know just what you mean. With my injury, the house has become a mess. Stuff gets shoved from one room to another. I had to look at things that are not where they're supposed to be. And I feel that way about life in general, just as you do.

  7. So many good thoughts here! I'm so glad for your success with saying no. It seems hard at first, but it makes so much good sense.

  8. love all that you are saying! it is not as easy as we think to simplify but I also believe it is very important. you are inspiring me

  9. sounds like a great plan! I hope the best for you! can't wait to see more of your new booth, how exciting!

  10. Very good plans! I love the treasures you showed off too. That little cubby box is darling.

  11. If anyone can achieve her goals, Laura, it is you. Contentment is so within your reach by something so simple as letting go. Happy weekend.

  12. I love your philosophy. I hope you can remember to say "no" a lot. If you are full now, there isn't any place for a "yes" unless it is an emergency or something that adds greatly to your life. I also love well worn things. They almost glow with their simplicity.

  13. You are so right and you lit a fire under me! I am listing some of my favorite hats-- what am I saving them for?! I never wear them. I've enjoyed them long enough. Time to clean out, pass on, and shape up.

  14. I really need to make a large donation because we have so much that others could use, especially toys, etc....

    Your photos look so professional, Laura! :D


  15. Love this post. Go for it ~ I am trying to de-clutter and let things go that no longer serve a purpose or are not used. I try to say, if it does not please your eye and if it not useful ~ time to let go. I am also trying to say "No" ~ such a small word, but so hard to say. I will be thinking about you and sending up prayers for you. Great post and so inspirational to me ~ thank YOU

  16. Perfect words for a rainy day that is gradually slowing in pace...time to reflect, renew, and replace.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  17. Love this post. The words and photos put together a beautiful message.

  18. This is such a great post and a wonderful reminder to me as well.

  19. My favorite line in your post is that you don't need to change to meet the approval of others. I couldn't agree more! Be you and only you! Life is too short to surround yourself with disapproving people. I have been down this path myself and have a much clearer understanding of how to be assertive and not forced to live a life that is not in my best interest. Glad to hear that you are seeing clearly now and can move forward in a positive way.

  20. I feel the same way these days, Laura.
    I wish that it had come earlier in my life, but
    I certainly am embracing it now.
    It feels good, doesn't it?

  21. I have been following your progress with your knee. I am facing knee surgeries. One knee is much worse than the other one. I'm putting off surgery as long as I can. I know what I'm dealing with now, but how much pain after surgery and will my knee ever be normal again. That's what makes me nervous. The bad knees are causing housekeeping issues, as I have to plan on what I can accomplish in accordance with how much time I have til my knee starts hurting too bad on any given day. I know it is getting closer and closer to surgery. I feel I must get things more organized before the surgery and it is a worry. When you write about your knee surgery and your progress, it makes me feel like the surgery will work out for me, too. It is always a pleasure to read your blog.


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