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Balance: Two Steps to Simplify Your Life

Balancing Art, Life and Marketing Series

The end of June is the start of second half of the calendar year. I know – that’s obvious. Or is it?

Is it just me, or do you feel like each year blows by faster than the last?

And in that speed of life, it’s easy to lose sight of the quantity of your human doing and the quality of your human being.

So as you take stock of where you are and who you are compared to where you want to be and who you are becoming, I offer an excerpt of a post that I love by Leo Babauta.


“I am not an expert, or a doctor, or a coach. I haven’t made millions of dollars and I’m not the world’s greatest athlete.

All I am is a regular guy, a father of six kids, a husband, a writer from Guam (now living in San Francisco). But I have accomplished a lot over the last couple of years (and failed a lot) and along the way, I have learned a lot.

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you.

It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love.

It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.

However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward.

The Short List

There are really only two steps to simplifying:

1.    Identify what’s most important to you.
2.    Eliminate everything else."



I’m really, really good at adding complexity to my life so this two-item list is not enough for me. I prefer more options – yes, no, not yet, maybe, maybe later.

How do you simplify your life?

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