cultivating a simple(r) life.

May 18, 2011 § 1 Comment


a: to rise above or go beyond the limits.
b: to triumph over the negative or restrictive aspects; to overcome.

our world is so busy. my senses are so easily overwhelmed sometimes… i get anxious. i get restless. worried. discouraged.

and that’s where transcendence comes in.
how does one transcend the detrimental but also very “normal” aspects of our modern existence… while still very much living in the middle of it all?


i’m starting with the basics:


– routine.
– not treating my body like a wastebasket. (tea… lots of tea. been cutting caffeine [for the most part… i DO work in a coffee-house, you know!] focusing on fresh. water is my new best friend.)
– recognizing my breathing. not taking it for granted. remembering to take deep breaths when i need to.

challenging and changing the longtime habits of my body hasn’t been easy. it’s actually been really difficult and frustrating! but a few nights ago, i came across a quote that said, “don’t give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.”
… that has helped me, a lot :)

here’s where it gets a bit less cut and dry… but, at the same time, not:

life is complicated, isn’t it?
but i’ve learned that it’s really all about how you choose to handle what life throws at you that makes all the difference in the world.

i’m learning how to let things be.
learning how to be present…
and how to take life one thing at a time.

a simpler life:
living without getting overwhelmed or overcome by my surroundings. with my wants. my needs. my goals.
at ease.

a quieter life.
one without unnecessary stimulation from technology i don’t need.
one that grows: in learning. in spirit. in love. in passion.
one that is sustained by simple blessings.

a responsible life.
one that is hardworking.
knowledge driven.
a life in which i am doing my part.

it’s a work in progress… always. but i feel as though only good things could come of this process. and i am so enjoying making this life happen.

all in all… i am just a simple girl :) with the simplest of pleasures.

pretty pictures.
flowers that smell good.
a sunset.
a laugh with a friend.
long walks.
a good book.

take some time out of each day to sit quietly.
escape for a little bit and do something you love.
embrace peaceful moments.
stop to admire what’s around you. who is around you.

some of the truest blessings of life are composed of the little moments.

take them in :)

– d.


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