11 Things You Have Control Over Right Now

“If you are pained by any external thing, it is not this thing that disturbs you, but your own judgment about it. And it is in your power to wipe out this judgment now.”— Marcus Aurelius The world finds itself in an unwanted moment prompted by events that for most of the world’s citizens was out […]

226: Understand This Tricky Paradox of Control In Order to Improve Your Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #226~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify Imagine you are walking upon a balance beam in a gymnastics center. Imagine your core is tight, your shoulders are back, your chin is parallel with the beam and your legs are engaged. And your eyes are focused not down, but at your desired destination – the […]

Why Not . . . Have Self-Control?

“There is no luck except where there is discipline.” -Irish proverb Taking one more cookie from the cookie jar, purchasing that beautiful new skirt knowing your budget will not be able to cover it, or falling for the winsome lines that offer no substance, are all examples of weak self-control. However, on the flipside, finding […]

Taking Control Of Your Spending:Part 3

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

Taking Control Of Your Spending: Part 2

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

Taking Control Of Your Spending

{A simply luxurious life, while full of the concept less is more, luxuriates in the decadence of high quality, complementary style and an appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in decor, fashion, nature and people themselves. One does not need to maintain a balance in the bank that one might associate with a millionaire, […]

How to Flourish rather than Languish in Your One and Only Life

“Flourishing really is what people are ultimately after. It’s living the good life. We usually think about flourishing as living in a state in which all aspects of a person’s life are good — it’s really an all-encompassing notion.”” —Tyler J. VanderWeele, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor and director of Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program For four […]

An Essential Skill for The Most Peace-filled and Resilient Life

“Resilent people are really good at choosing carefully where they select their attention . . . and make an intentional, deliberate, ongoing effort to tune into what’s good in [their] world.” —Lucy Hone, psychologist and grief expert Each of us grasps life lessons at our own pace. Whether due to our own motivation to grow […]

This & That: March 26, 2021

Spring clothing items to brighten your wardrobe, a cookbook full of non-recipes, France is found in a variety of places – television, books, cookbooks and more, the documentary many people have been eager to watch, and still so much more. Books —28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand Released last summer to tens of thousands of positive […]

15 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

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303: 33 Ways to Live Your Fullest Life, as taught by Norma Kamali

“Living your purpose will make it possible to do all the things you need to do to reach the goals you need to reach in order to fulfill your dreams, which are as big as the world and as optimistic as your mind can imagine.” —Norma Kamali, author of I Am Invincible Change is inevitable, […]

This & That: March 12, 2021

Four films to enjoy, a sale of beautiful British handmade pottery, capsule wardrobe items to welcome into your everyday, a cookbook for a healthy overall well-being, the exploration of flowers and their healing powers and so, so, much more. Books —The Healing Power of Flowers: Discover the secret language of the flowers you love by […]

8 Ideas for Making Spring Truly Bloom

Spring trickles through the days as of late, and I giddily smile and grin anticipating each day’s accumulation of minutes, daylight, warmth and birdsong. While officially arriving on March 20th, we can prepare for its arrival these next three weeks. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, Winter, you were splendid, especially here in Bend. Just the […]

This & That: February 26, 2021

Books to find even more creativity and opportunity, chic capsule wardorbe ideas, a new British culture podcast, a film receiving Oscar buzz, David Suchet hosts a historical journey into an iconic author’s personal story, an international best-selling book on elevating the everyday and eradicating anxiety and much, much more. Books —The Art of Possiblity: Transforming […]

8 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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This & That: February 5, 2021

Food, chocolate, so much French to explore – books, copper and a pop-up shop. Stanley Tucci’s new series, decor items for that neutral special detail, books on how to find your rhythm even when it seems impossible in our current times, clothing to make you feel your best and a film about the story of […]

16 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

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Awareness + Being Present = Deep Contentment & Peace of Mind

“Let go of thinking and rest the mind in awareness. That is when we discover peace of mind.” —Andy Puddicombe Positive thinking is powerful, but forcing positivity can be exhausting as it ignores what is. Negativity and cynism is destructive and life depleting, and to walk through life with a jaded perspective closes our lives […]

This & That: January 22, 2021

Chic clothing, sustainable style ideas, gardening inspiration, a film to make you laugh, a book and a podcast too, beautiful piano music and much, much more. Books —Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross Being released next Tuesday, Chatter written by psychologist Ethan Kross “explores […]

299: How to Live a Life with Less Stress & Why It’s Vital for Good Health

“The lack of meaning in our lives stresses us out, but too much stress makes it harder to find meaning.” —Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, author of The Stress Solution Yesterday, for the entire day, aside from letting my pups outside from time to time and feeding them, I wallpapered. I turned on old British cosy mysteries […]

15 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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This & That: January 8, 2021

New French cuisine cookbooks, inspiration for paring down and amping up the quality of your life, fitness and health inspired books, a new series to take you into the growing of Floret’s Flowers, Frankie Drake returns, learn to let go of the burnout and embrace the goodness of living well, and oh, so much more. […]