Archive for the 'Self-Growth' Category

 Finding Joy in Life – It’s Not That Hard

Sometimes daily life can seem like drudgery, something to just be tolerated. When I find myself feeling this way, it is almost always because I have been focusing relentlessly on a problem that overshadows me. It might be a looming deadline, a bit of family drama, or something of the sort. It might be nothing definable; I’m just in a rut and forgot to even think about finding joy in life.
Getting back to enjoying life, rather than enduring life, is really quite simple: look for things that bring you joy.

 Learn to Distract Yourself to Increase Productivity

Increasing personal productivity can be more difficult than it would at first seem.  After all, isn’t it just a matter of “just doing it?”  And if it’s that simple, why aren’t we all just getting things done? In my website and blogging work, I find that I go through cycles.  I’m highly productive at times […]

 Healing the Black Holes of Your Life

I’m reading – or perhaps I should say working through – the book Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life by Carol Adreinne.  (As a side note, I have an extra copy of this book that I plan to give away on this site or on the Simple Life Facebook page  so do watch for that […]

 Thoughts on a Sunday Morning – Life Storms

The storms nature has brought to my world – my Indiana farmhouse – have thankfully not been as intense or as damaging as they potentially could have been. A couple of years ago, intense winds, possibly a small tornado, passed by the house, wrecking havoc with the barn doors and large tree limbs. I made it through that, too, and felt I learned a valuable lesson from it.

 Achieving Goals and Building Financial Strength

The last three weeks have been a blur of activity -Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Day, my son finding and moving to his perfect place to live, the contractor finalizing the plans and setting the date for our new kitchen remodeling job, tax season beginning, …. I’m sure there’s more but I think I may […]

 Getting Your Life Back In Balance

When something is out of balance in our lives, it can cause other areas of our lives to tilt into what feels like chaos.

As an accountant, balance is a nearly obsessive trait of my profession. Ok, ok, maybe balance is more than nearly an obsession. While that is often confining, like many extremes that we experience, it has taught me some lessons in dealing with life.

No, no. I’m not going to insist that each and every part of your life must be in perfect balance in order for you to be happy. (You’d expect that advice from an accountant, wouldn’t you?) Maybe 10 years ago I would have offered that, but I’ve stumbled my way through to realizing just how stifling it is to expect perfection with everything, even in the field of accounting.

 Start at Zero and Change Your Life

What has inspired me this week? A video from Brian Tracy. This video is only a little over 2-1/2 minutes long, but Brian Tracy delivers a potent message. The message is zero based thinking, a concept of questioning everything in your life. The challenge is what you will do with the answer. Acting on this video would change your life.

 The Little Gratitude Journal Has Powerful Benefits

A sense of gratitude is something that can be consciously developed and increased. Keeping a journal helps you to develop a habit of being aware of all the things that are positive and supportive in your life. It clarifies the moments of joy and reminds you to stop and take notice when you realize that you have stumbled onto one of those moments. However, I didn’t realize that gratitude can boost your career, help you sleep better, and even keep you healthier, and that’s just a sample of Amit’s list of benefits.

 Too Much To Do …. Or Too Much NOT To Do?

As I started my journey of simplifying my life I became aware that an overloaded to-do list was a symptom of a cluttered life. Specifically, I realized that sometimes I get paralyzed in completing things on my list because there are just too many things on the list. Choosing to complete one task meant choosing NOT to do several others. “Which ones won’t I do?” was a much harder question than “Which ones will I do?” In fact, it was so hard that I would often not even face the decision and in effect the choice was made for me … I did nothing.

 The Decision That Goes In Circles … How to Get Unstuck

Have you been stuck trying to solve a problem or make a decision and finding yourself nearly obsessed with reviewing the pros and cons and possible outcomes?  You’ve done the research, yet still cannot get a clear answer.  You’re frozen, somehow sure that no matter what path you take, a dire result awaits you.  For […]