Simplify Your Life

I wasn't always interested in simplifying my life. I went through a phase early on in which I was living paycheck to paycheck, spending money that wasn't there, on things I didn't need. I bought a brand new car on credit, got myself into a house with an adjustable rate mortgage with no money down - I was making awful decisions, to say the least. Like most Americans, I was constantly trying to buy "cool" things to impress those around me without actually stopping to think about why I was doing it. Why do I need all these things? What real purpose does a status symbol serve? It all felt shallow and meaningless.

I needed to examine what I really wanted out of life and what was important.

I began doing a lot of reading and reflecting and luckily, I slowly started to make a change. I read quite a bit about financial planning and financial independence and began to pay down debt, making sure I was always living below my means.

I met a roommate who was a traveling nurse who had as many possessions as could fit in a duffel bag who really opened my eyes to the meaning behind Walden. I later began to get rid of things that didn't really add value to my life, which lead me to learn more about minimalism.

I started to apply minimalist techniques to my workflow at work and, over time, implemented and iterated over many methods to be able to get more things done, while simplifying and reducing stress.

You could say that over the last 10 years or so, I've been on a quest to simplify my life. I've always wanted to write about all the things I've learned, but never really felt like I was any good at writing. I was encouraged by some friends to put up a website, and have decided to

So, here it is, the Zen of Simplicity. My goal is to share tips, tactics, and strategies to organize and simplify your life. This will not be some kind of hollow marketing blog or gimmicky site - just helpful information that you can use in your everyday life. I hope that you find the information on this website useful and maybe I can help to change someone's life too in the process. I hope that everyone gets what he or she want out of life and lives it with a purpose, intentionally.

I'd love to chat with you, so don't hesitate to drop me a line:

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