5 Simple Changes to Create Significant Immediate Contentment

Something as simple as a sliver when removed, floods the physical body with immediate relief. As I stood in my bathroom with a tweezers and needle in my hand this past weekend, I gently pulled out a minuscule tip of wood from the inside of my thumb. Elation. A deep breath of an erasure of […]

How Fear Can Be an Opportunity for Amazing Life Changes

It seems too obvious to be reminded, but in order to move forward, to change, we must let go of what we were to become what will enable the change we desire to materialize. I have shared the analogy in the past of swinging on monkey bars as a kid – in order to grab […]

October Ushers In A New & Significant Change to TSLL’s Reading Experience

For more than ten years, The Simply Luxurious Life blog (TSLL) has continued to share life inspiration to cultivate an everyday life of contentment regardless of where you might live in our grand world, your age, your income or your relationship status. Along the way, TSLL community has grown gradually, yet steadily, something I am […]

142: 9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

Today’s episode is a top episode from Season 3 discussing how understanding what our signature style is and then owning it with confidence permeates all arenas of our lives. Ultimately, what we wear matters. Without saying a word we communicate our values, our confidence, our expertise, where we’ve been, where we are and where we […]

How to Make Change Happen and How to Make It Stick

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates To move forward, we must walk forward. The present is in our control; conversely, the past is cemented, complete and cannot be changed. With January nearing its end, checking on our progress as […]

272: 8 Ways Tiny Habits Will Welcome the Grand Changes You Seek

The new year rolls around and there is much talk about resolutions and cultivation of a life we wish to live. It is old news to share that many resolutions are unfulfilled; however, BJ Fogg argues that perhaps we have had a faulty instruction manual to be successful in our pursue of lasting change. Released […]

6 Ways to Handle Unwanted Change Well

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”      —Victor Frankl When we fight the change that inevitably will occur in our lives — death – of ourselves, of others we love; a shift in our daily routines due to career changes, children growing up, etc. — we expend […]

241: Attaining the Change You Seek in the New Year

“In bringing about genuine inner transformation and change, the Dalai Lama emphasizes the importance of making a sustained effort. It is a gradual process.” —The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D. The resolutions whether you have concretely written them down or potential ideas of what […]

225: Trust the Transition: How to Step Through and Embrace the Change You Seek

“Times of transition are strenuous but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” —Kristin Armstrong, three-time Olympic gold medalist – road cycling As September arrives I find myself torn between the schedule I love during the […]

9 Reasons Owning Your Style Will Change Your Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #142 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio   “Individuals can take hold of [style] and make it their own. Style is about an individual and fashion is about an industry and [fashion] runs on insecurity.” —Stacy London  New York Fashion Week motors on as I tape this week’s podcast, and for me, it […]

Why Not . . . Read a Book That Changes Your Life?

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot Much like travel, reading provides the opportunity to open up our eyes to another world, another way of thinking, another way of living that brings us closer to our […]

Why Not . . . Use Simple Changes to Transform Your Kitchen?

Part of creating a simply luxurious life is building a sanctuary that is welcoming, comforting and tranquil. One of the highlights of my day is pulling into the garage and walking into my home where I can let my hair down, come a little undone and breathe a huge sigh of relief that I can […]

Accepting Unexpected Change

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis Change can be absolutely exhilarating when we’ve initiated the process – applied for a new job and been accepted, said yes to a wedding proposal or simply decided […]

How to Create the Change You Want to See

  “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” –Albert Einstein Take a moment and look around the world you live in – in your home, in your community, in your country, in the world. What do you see? Do you like what you see? Are there […]

Why Not. . . Recognize the Stages of Making a Lifestyle Change?

Over the past year, I have been witness to two different stages of the transformation process when it comes to changing someone’s way of living. Each person is someone I either work with or care deeply for, and so I have keenly observed what they were going through. What I have noticed was something I […]

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World

  As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to […]

Choosing Contentment Increases Moments of Happiness

The past week in Bend extended some of the most ideal summer days. Clear blue skies, low eighty-degree weather and only, if any, the gentlest of breezes. Having lived in Oregon all but one of my 42 years, I also know wildfire smoke often drifts into the air stream, and our blue skies and air […]

This & That: July 23, 2021

The return of a favorite comedy series, a sale on the classic French Breton stripes, a new film inspired by a true story, the kick-off of the Olympics, books for décor guidance, working with Mother Nature in your backyard, inspiration for living well, and a simple, yet must-have beauty item for your daily routine. Yep, […]

Fall 2021 Couture Favorites & 8 Ways to Apply to Your Everyday Wardrobe

Wearable pieces of art. Hours upon hours of detailed artistry, beading, stitching and eye for detail, haute couture makes its way down the runways twice a year in Paris and Italy. Tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of monetary value exchange hands from international buyers to designers, and while all of this ensures couture […]

The Truth of Daring to Take the Winding Trail and Your Intuition

Sunday morning and, as is our ritual, Norman and I went walking. While we often return to favorite trails just outside of the Bend area and then enjoy the reward of a croissant with breakfast and a cuppa, from time to time, I will explore a new trail just to see where it leads. Not […]

10 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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