Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blog Recommendation: Be More With Less

I had the good fortune yesterday to stumble across a new blog. According to Courtney's About page, Be More with Less is a blog about simplifying your life and really living. Here, you can learn how to create a life with more savings and less no debt, more health and less stress, more time and less stuff, and more joy with less obligation.

The passage that convinced me to subscribe was from a post she wrote last week, titled The Power of One:

Obligations: we overload our schedules because…

  • We don’t want to be seen as lazy.
  • We don’t know what to do with free time.
  • There’s no time to address the fact that we are overworked and overwhelmed.
  • A jam packed calendar means we are important.
  • We don’t want to say no.
  • Being too busy is better than disappointing someone.
Every day that we have too much too do, we are performing sub par and missing out on so much. Running from errand to errand, and place to place leaves us to tired to enjoy what really matters. 
This was my life prior to November. This would still be my life were it not for a newly-won insistence on clearing things from my calendar.

I was thrilled this morning to read a friend's emailed request to meet up for tea, but mortified to see her follow-up line "I'm sure you're booking many months out." I'm so glad to have scheduled an hour with her for next week, and planning to be ever more vigilant about leaving time in my days, and weeks, for the people I care about -- more joy, with less obligation.

What do you think of Courtney's work?

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