I have been an avid reader of Janet Luhrs' Simple Living newsletter for years. It began back in the late 1990s when I read her book, The Simple Living Guide, a thoughtful practical guide for how to simplify our busy lives and live more deliberately.
According to lawyer turned simple living advocate and writer Luhrs, living simply is not about being frugal, living on a tight budget, or a modest income; it's about being fully aware of what we're doing and why we're doing it so we can have lives that nourish us.
Topics such as housing, relationships, health, cooking, finances, work and travel are explored with lots of real-life examples of how people have changed their lives to align with their true desires. I read it from cover to cover and continue to reference it as I work to create a simpler more purposeful life.
Simple Living is published monthly and available online or in hard copy for $3.33 a month. I always look forward to its arrival and have gained useful tips on how to simplify, de-clutter, and live healthier, and more authentically.
The January 2008 issue explores why self sabotaging habits are so hard to break and provides suggestions/exercises for how to stop sabotaging our health. It explains that to make lasting change we must tap into the subconscious mind to determine why we don’t value ourselves enough to do what is in our best interest and then create strong reasons why changing the habit will be beneficial and pleasurable. The reasons for changing have to be stronger than the comfort of staying the same. The issue rounds out with some wonderful salad, salad dressing, and super healthy green smoothie recipes and a recommendation for an aluminum-free deodorant.
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