True Contentment

  “After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.  And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.  You begin to accept your defeats. With your head up and your […]

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 […]

295: The Gift of Discontentment (yep, that’s no typo)

“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Thomas Edison True contentment runs like a river feeding our everyday lives with constant inner peace. Whether the weather for the day is a turbulent snow storm or a sunny Blue Bird day as we call them in Bend, the river of True Contentment continues to run […]

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 […]

244: Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment Everyday, All Day

“Finding an ease with what you are thinking, feeling, the world as it is, not necessarily accepting it, but not resisting it. This is contentment.” —Andy Puddicombe The truth about contentment is that it is different than being happy. We cannot know what it feels like to be happy if we have not known sadness, […]

Why Not . . . Cultivate Contentment Today?

“Pursuit of contentment is not the pursuit of an elusive tomorrow; it is the celebration of today. In that, it is the pursuit to end all pursuits.” —Majid Kazmi Spring is beginning to bloom in Portland this week, and so as I went on a couple of walks with the dogs, it was the blossoms […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

11 Life Truths About Contentment That Seem Impossible Until We Experience Them

As children and young adults, and possibly even as adults, we hear from innumerable persons the axioms of living a happy life: marry your best friend, live like today is your last, or life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Okay, seriously? Didn’t Diane von Furstenberg tell us to be […]

10 Things People Who Have Found Contentment Understand About Uncertainty

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” —Julia Child ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #100 The oft mentioned quote regarding knowledge which has been attributed to both Aristotle and Albert Einstein goes something like this: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”. Why I share this quote […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

13 Ways to Cultivate True Wealth

“View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential.” —Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #27 The Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher for the field of literature once said about the topic of […]

Dream-Comes-True News! – The Book

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One Small Adjustment Away From Contentment

“We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work.” –Paul Rudd in How Do You Know? A life well lived is one that involves discipline, reflection and the conscious awareness of our present actions on our future. It is quite easy in our day-to-day lives to enjoy instant gratification, after all, […]

9 Ways to Think Like a Monk, as taught by Jay Shetty

“Life begins with breath, breath carries you through your days, and life and breath end together . . . We measure our lives not by how big or small our impact is, but by how we make people feel. We use our time to establish how we will live on, through giving love and care, […]

4 Core Components to Create a Home for a Healthy Well-Being

“What we call a home is merely any place that succeeds in making more consistently available to us the important truths which the wider world ignores, or which our detracted irresolute selves have trouble holding on to. As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.” —Alain de Botton, […]

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, […]

302: 21 Lessons Learned in my 42nd Year

Over the weekend I quietly celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was lovely. It was full of much contemplation. It included delicious food and wine and the last day of the year brought the sunshine which found me out in my garden preparing for spring. Over the past 12 months all of our lives experienced unexpected […]

How to Be Brave: Follow Your ‘This’ to Live the Life You Have Dreamt About

For now twenty years I have been teaching English composition and literature and specifically rhetoric for 10 of the 20. As was taught to me by a professor of rhetorical far wiser than I, my students regularly hear me or see written on their essays a comment striking out pronouns, and quite frequently the demonstrative […]

9 Things to Invest in During Diffcult Economic Times

“This [recession, an economic hard time] is the time you invest in the future. It’s in tough times that you build to bring you to a better future.” — Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic (talking about Penn Station’s reveal in 2021) The national parks preserved throughout the United States, the Social Security system, […]

298: 28 Ways to Simplify Your Entire Life

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofmann Simplifying. Far different from minimizing, simplifying requires that we consciously explore what is of value in our lives and then thoughtfully edit in order for what we deem most important to shine as fully as possible. Take for […]

A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon, January 2021

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The TOP 5 Lifestyle Posts of 2020

How we spend our days without question is how we live our lives. Annie Dillard could not have been more accurate which is why when I peruse back through the posts of 2020, nearly each post is tied to a lifestyle theme in one way or another – what we cook, how we dress, how […]