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5 Steps to an Amazingly Simple Life (That ANYONE Can Follow)

Hi friends & welcome back to the blog! Today I am going to share with you 5 steps to an amazingly simple life, that ANYONE can follow.

My friend Jessica wrote this post, and I feel so honored to have her on my blog as a guest poster!

Jessica is the creator of Joyful with Purpose, a blog about creating a meaningful life with daily intention.

I don’t know about you – but I am completely and 100% ready to hear about how to create a simpler, more meaningful life with daily intention.

These past 5 months of the pandemic have been trying times for me, as I’m sure they have been for you. I have done a lot to simplify our lives, as I do feel this is one of the keys to happiness – but I am always up for learning more.

Before we get started, I’d like to share with you a few recent posts of mine that I just know you will love:

If you’re ready to hear about how exactly you can lead a more simple life, keep reading!

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5 Steps to an Amazingly Simple Life (That ANYONE Can Follow)

Are you overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine?  Do you feel that you are too busy to live a life that you actually enjoy?  I understand.  I’ve been there. 

And then I started on a journey to live a more simple life.  A life full of meaning, intention and purpose.  Along this journey, I learned many valuable lessons.  And today I would like to share those 5 tips to a simple life with you.  

Living a simple life is about creating priorities and aligning your everyday routine to those values.  It affords us the opportunity to live a life where we no longer dread Mondays.  A life that we feel is purposeful and intentional. 

Living a simple life is a life with less distractions, fewer stresses and more joy.  

Are you ready to create this life?  Yeah, me too!! 

5 Tips to a Simple Life

1. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude changes everything.  It shifts our focus.  Rather than focusing on what we lack, where we “should” be or what we “should” be doing, gratitude allows us to see our abundance, the beauty in where we are and the hope for where we are going.  Gratitude is a posture, a mindset that can be learned and practiced.  

How does practicing gratitude lead to a simple life?  As we begin to practice gratitude on a daily basis, we also begin to notice and appreciate the simple treasures in our day to day.  That warm cup of coffee, our favorite song on the radio, the laughter of our loved ones, a beautiful sunshine filled day. 

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As we appreciate these treasures, we begin to understand that it is not the “stuff” or the busy schedules we fill our lives with that make it good.  It will always be those simple treasures tucked away in our every day lives.  

This week, take a moment to begin perfecting the skill of gratitude.  Journal 5 things you are grateful for before you end your day.  Keep it simple and specific to each day. 

Today, for example, I am grateful for beautiful weather, a quick walk with my dog, being the first to wake up, warm coffee and a funny movie. 

What are you grateful for today?

2. Eliminate Clutter

Clutter equals chaos.  Clutter can exist in all areas of our lives.  Our minds, our homes, our schedules – even our cars. 

Clutter leads to a sense of overwhelm.  And often times when we are overwhelmed, we eventually stop.  We stop cleaning, stop living, stop doing.  And that is what we are trying to avoid. 

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Simplifying the spaces we occupy and our schedules free up the space in our minds that have been full of clutter as well.  Simple homes lead to less time cleaning.  Simple schedules lead to more time spent doing the things we love. 

Essentially we become free to live the simple yet creative lives we are longing for.

Look around the spaces you occupy and begin to notice the areas where you can simplify.  Clean, declutter and organize.  It will be like a breath of fresh air!!  

3. Learn How to Say “No”

I briefly mentioned above that clutter can also exist in our schedules.  And simply put, the only way to simplify our schedules is to learn to say “no”. 

Trust me, I understand how difficult it is.  This does not come natural for me either.  But I’ve learned in my journey to live a more simple life that saying no is simply about prioritizing. 

If I’m saying yes to every offer or request in my path then likely the areas that matter most are falling through the cracks. 

Does this ever happen to you?  I’m guessing it does.  And I’m probably safe to assume that when it does, you feel tired, dissatisfied, defeated and frustrated. 

Your energy is best spent doing the things you love, setting goals that fuel your passions and creating memories that will make you smile for a lifetime.  

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So to implement this tip, take some time to evaluate your calendar.  Take inventory of the tasks, events and commitments you see. 

Are there obligations on your calendar just because you couldn’t say no?  Are the things most important to you represented on your to do list?  After taking inventory, adjust accordingly.   

4. Create a Vision Board

If you are having trouble with tip 3, you may need to complete this tip first. 

What is most important to you?  What are your passions?  Where do you hope to be in 3 years? 5 or 10 years? 

I spend a lot of time discussing how to live an intentional life and this, I promise, is a crucial step.  

Before knowing what to say no to or yes for that matter, you have to know what is important to you.  Even when you are eliminating that pesky clutter, what stays and what goes depends on your priorities.  

vision board for simple life

I’m a list gal, so my “vision board” involves a checklist, goals and dreams for myself and family. 

For my visual people out there, maybe it is a collection of pictures that represent where you want to be and how you want to live.  The end result is the same so choose what works best for you and start dreaming.  

5. Stop to Smell the Roses – Literally

The last tip is to remember to relax and enjoy. 

A simple life is sought after because it is, well, simple.  Simple to love. Simple to enjoy. 

In the culture we are living in today, it can takes some work to achieve this but it is possible.  And while working towards creating a life that has meaning and joy, slow down long enough to find value in the process.  

get outside to enjoy a simple life

One simple tip to do this is to get outside.  Nature has a way of grounding us and bringing us back to our priorities.  Take a walk, go for a picnic, sit on your porch or simply stop to smell the roses.  

I hope you find these tips helpful in your journey to living a simple life.  I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes.  

“Look closely at the present you are constructing.  It should look like the future you are dreaming.”

Alice Walker


Jessica is the creator of Joyful with Purpose, a blog about creating a meaningful life with daily intention. 

You can follow her blog at where she continues to share tips on how to live an intentional life, articles on family and parenting, her favorite products for her home and even a few recipes along the way.  

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