By Wanda Urbanska, Experience Life
For a while there, in the early 2000s, Americans went on an extended spending spree, living beyond their means and buying bigger houses, fancier cars and far more stuff than they really needed. The financial crisis of the past two years served as a powerful wake-up call, though, and today many people are looking for ways to change course.
On the whole, we’re choosing to save more and consume less — and we’re being more thoughtful about the purchases we make. Meanwhile, we’re making more time for family, community and spiritual pursuits. And we’re taking new interest in life-enhancing personal routines, such as exercise, sit-down meals — even the lost art of housekeeping.
In short, we’re turning our time and attention toward living well instead of living beyond our needs or means.
If you’re interested in getting on the path to a simpler, happier, more harmonious life, I have some suggestions for you. As a 20-year simplicity advocate and host and producer of the first national television series on sustainable living (Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska debuted on PBS stations in 2004), I have personally witnessed some amazing transformations take place as the result of some surprisingly minimal lifestyle adjustments.
I draw on material from my latest book, The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life (Krause, 2010) to lay out seven paths to simplicity that anyone can begin taking today. Let’s get started!