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Why Simplify?

For me, the answer is easy:
I love my husband.

Last night my darling Dr. came home to a house that is, let us say, still in “progress”.

He is just three days into a three year residency process, and it is already obvious that we are going to need some extra grace around here to have a healthy and joy-filled three years.

As I lay in bed thinking over my long to-do list for our small abode, I realized how important it is for me to get this place looking and feeling peaceful.

A few weeks ago our house looked like this:

I have to laugh at the “Joy Hope Peace” sign on our mantle.
Yea, not quite.

I am simplifying because I love this man:

I am simplifying because I want his heart to feel at peace in our home. I want our home to be a place of rest and joy for him.

There are other reasons that I am simplifying, but this is one of the most important.

What about you? What ways have you found bless your husband in your home? What can you be doing in this season to make your home a place of life and joy?

I would love to hear from you!

Planning for joy in the journey,

Project Simplify: Craigslist

I am getting rids of lots and lots of stuff. Turning this:

Into something like this:

Okay, maybe not an actual Zen garden.

But close.

My first step?

Your local neighborhood Craigslist.

Craigslist is a site that is simple, easy and unbelievably popular. It’s like publishing in a type of “for sale” column you might find in a newspaper.
Except it’s online.
And free.


I have used it to list a few larger items (read, furniture) that I am trying to sale. No bites yet, but I will keep  you updated.

If you have never tried Craigslist to sell (or buy), I recommend them.  The link is to the Tulsa one, but you can find one in nearly any city.

What about you? Have you ever listed on Craigslist? How was the experience? What might a person trying to sell on Craigslist do to make it a more successful sale?

Would love to hear from you!

Enjoying the journey,

Making our living

In a few short weeks the Dr. will bring in a salary. After four years of working through medical school, he is so excited to be able to actually bring home a paycheck! You can imagine how excited we both are at this prospect.

I am also in the process of looking for a a full-time job, so for the first time ever we will be a DINK couple. And we plan to spend it all on STUFF, lots and lots of STUFF!!!!!

A new house, a boat, a villa in the Hamptons…
It’s going to be great.

Or. not.

So here we come upon on one of the quandaries  of medical living: MONEY. That dreaded thing that causes many to abandon all thoughts of reason and regard and gallivant off to find all the stuff their little hearts desire.

Or, as my aunt once told me “It will all be worth it once you are dripping in diamonds”


Now, lest you think that the dear Dr. is about to rake in the millions, let me comfort your heart by saying that his starting salary at as a resident is considered “low middle class” by the people who make up these silly divisions. And yet, we are all of the sudden faced with a better income we have ever had, even if I don’t get any sort of a job.

Challenge: Learning to live as a rich person.

note: not an actual picture of the author

Think you aren’t in that category? Think again
An “average” teachers salary in Oklahoma (the 47th lowest in the nation) is in the top 10% of best salaries in the world.

A lot of time on this blog will be spent meeting the challenges of what it means to live in a place where I have expendable income. You are most likely in that place too.

So I thought it might be fun to take that journey together.
Join me.