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, […]

311: How Accepting Your Mortality Sets You Free to Live More Deeply

“The world is already broken. And what’s true of the state of civilization is equally true of your life: it was always already the case that you would never experience a life of perfect accomplishment or security. And your four thousand weeks have always been running out. It’s a revelation, though: when you begin to […]

This & That: August 27, 2021

Books to take you to the south of France, to a small English village bookshop, tips on boosting your everyday vitality as well as finding time and the benefit of pausing more regularly to reclaim your creativity. A few clothing items to whet your palate for TSLL’s upcoming Fall Shopping Guide, a British historical series […]

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

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The Benefit of Resisting the Urge to Judge

“Yet, if we can outlast the urge to judge everything we encounter, a miracle starts to surround us in which painting, music, poetry, running water, flowers, wind through the trees, open vistas—all touch and draw out their counterpart that lives quietly within us.” —Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening To observe. To witness. That is […]

Chez Pluie — Treasures Found in Provence

Touches of Provence, finds from Paris, treasures from the brocantes in France. Ten years ago Susannah and Hugh Cameron visited Provence for the first time from Australia, and well, the dream of a new life in the south of France had been born. My introduction to Chez Pluie happened during my trip to Provence in […]

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

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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 […]

24 Ideas for Celebrating Le Quatorze Juillet (Bastille Day!)

Bonne Fete Nationale! To those of us celebrating outside of France, we may be celebrating France’s national holiday with an exclamation of Happy Bastille Day, but within the borders of France, as I have been reminded more than a few times, it is Bonne Fete Nationale or Le Quatorze Juillet! Whatever you prefer to utter, […]

How to Begin Cultivating Your Very Own Simply Luxurious Life: podcast episode bundle #1

The gift and challenge of choosing to live a simply luxurious life requires the first test of sincere interest in doing so: you are on your own. So to speak. There is no ‘one’ way to live simply luxuriously because you have unique gifts the world needs. The combination of temperament, cultural generation, upbringing, geographical […]

A Simple Life Lived Well IS Luxurious Living, Let Me Explain . . .

“Life becomes simpler when our lives become calmer.” —Andy Puddicombe With the first sighting of the word luxury or luxurious, the collective default tends to be toward excess. After all, the history of the word, stretching back to its Latin roots doesn’t exactly have a benign connotation. The word has morphed and been tweaked regarding […]

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

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Why Not . . . Create a Happy Place?

“If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience. But first you have to approach life properly, or it can be very confusing. To begin with, you have to realize that you really only have one choice in this life, and it’s not about your career, whom you want to […]

How to Transition into a Better (more fulfilling) ‘Normal’

“The pandemic represents a rare but narrow opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.” —Klaus Schwab, author of The Great Reset (July 2020) While a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the global population of today, pandemics are not new, and therefore, have been studied to mine many insights whether socially, economically, culturally and of course medically. […]

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

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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 […]