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Moments of Creativity

February 8th, 2017

I’ve always been a creative person, as a child I was constantly drawing, sewing, making things out of modeling clay, or doing various crafty things. As we get older, we can often drift away from our creative sides. While I still do a lot of creative things, I’m trying to add a little creativity into the every day.

My to-do list is a great place. I don’t doodle and draw nearly as much as I did when I was younger. Now I’m trying to make my to-do lists less rigid and add a few fun little drawings. I’ve heard of bullet journaling, but that seems like a little too much for me. For now, adding a few quick doodles while keeping my life organized is the perfect way to add a little creativity and fun into my everyday!

What things are you doing to add more creativity to your life?

Fire Delay

July 15th, 2013

Last night, just as we were getting ready to sit down to record Cultivate Simple, the fire radio went off. You have probably heard that Mr Chiots is a volunteer fireman here in our community. When he wasn’t home by 10:30, I figured I should write this post delaying the podcast until tomorrow.
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We would have recorded the podcast in the afternoon, but Mr Chiots was busy checking one of the five things off his list. We went down to a friend’s place and he got his first sailing lesson.
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He really enjoyed himself. I stayed on shore getting some much needed rest and relaxation. Looks like I really need to look up a mushroom class or something to check something off my list of 5 Things.

Have you learned anything new recently?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.