I am especially thankful this Thanksgiving. We’ve been in our new home on Hatteras Island for almost 2 months. When I was trying to talk my husband into making this move, there was an unspoken fear inside of me that I would go through all the hassle and expense of moving, uprooting my life and… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
As you know, if you’re a regular reader, I’m moving from suburban Atlanta back to my hometown of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Hatteras is not much more than a sandbar. The nearest Wal-Mart is an hour and a half away, and fishing and tourism are the main industries. It’s tiny in a way that most… Continue reading The Real Reason for the Big Move
I recently finished a book called “10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” You might expect something like that to be written by some counter-culture guy living off grid on a compound in Utah, or a homeschool mom with 14 kids who believes rock music is from the devil. Surprisingly, the author… Continue reading Why I Deleted My Facebook and How it Made Me Happier
My daughter is really into “Little House on the Prairie” right now. I never liked those books as a kid. I always thought they were kind of boring, but my daughter is fascinated by life in pioneer times. Reading the books with her has given me a new appreciation for them, not only because they… Continue reading What we can learn from Ma and Pa Ingalls…
When Instagram first came out, I was so enthralled with it. I followed people all over the world who were doing interesting things, things I didn’t know people still did, like packing mules over the mountains out west or running a chuck wagon at a dude ranch. I followed mountain climbers, polo players, ranchers, other… Continue reading Everyone else is so perfect.
I preach simplicity. I preach cutting back, owning less and experiencing more. This week I got the opportunity to take my own advice and, I have to say, it was not without some fear and insecurity. This week I cut back my hours at work and let my bosses know my intention to cut them back… Continue reading Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is…
In the past couple years I’ve made some big changes in my life. I used to be a really selfish person. (Sometimes I still am.) Selfishness is such an unattractive quality in other people, but when we take a close look at ourselves, often we realize we suffer from the same malady. I certainly did.… Continue reading I’m kind of not really a big deal…
Have you ever noticed the way city people work out? The work out is a scheduled block of time during which the participant performs a series of physical maneuvers altogether different from the ways in which he typically moves through the world. He or she engages in moves such as the ‘burpee’ or the ‘upright… Continue reading Exercise: We’re Doing it Wrong
I grew up on Hatteras Island, NC. I was going to school in Durham, NC when I met my husband and we ended up moving to Atlanta for his job. I really, really hate living in Atlanta. There’s nothing wrong with Atlanta per se, and I realize many people love living there, but it does… Continue reading I want to live at the beach.
When you live in the middle of so much excess, it can be difficult not to get caught up in the rat race of consumerism. You know, your girlfriend gets a brand new car and all of a sudden your ’01 minivan isn’t looking so good anymore. When you’re surrounded by people who don’t have… Continue reading Tips for Simple Living