Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Simple Living Challenge - Day 6 - And a simple giveaway!

I haven't updated on the Simple Living Challenge that I joined in. It was all the way back in January and it was supposed to be a 21 day challenge. Simple living is all about the slow, so I think it's allowed that I took somewhat longer. In fact I'm so slow I haven't even made it to the end of the challenge yet...I've never been a sprinter.

Day 6 was harder than the previous days (see here, here and here). You were supposed to reflect on the things that bring meaning to your life. I don't know, perhaps my life just isn't simple enough yet; or maybe I'm too shallow, or too old, or too busy, but on a day to day basis I don't spend an awful lot of time reflecting. 

For Day 6, I did though. My most meaningful things:

Family and friends - the love from and for. And cats. And chickens.
Community - from neighbours to all you likeminded guys
Reading and learning
Writing, helps make sense of stuff
Walking and nature
My work, paid and unpaid
Trying to live a life that doesn't cause harm to people or planet.

In case you'd like to do some reflecting, and to thank you for hanging in with me along my very slow, simple living journey and my eternally sporadic, sketchy, blogging pattern,  here's a book giveaway. From a charity shop naturally.

It's a quick read (two sittings for me, and I usually take ages to finish a book) in a very colloquial style (Lorilee was a blogger at LovingSimpleLiving and most of us bloggers are not professional writers). Although it's not the most comprehensive simple living book, it covers many aspects, not just the decluttering of 'stuff'. The author's approach to life is clearly informed by her strong faith and that may not be everyone's cup of tea.

I sometimes think I've had enough of reading about frugality and simple living, but in a world where it is still something of a counter-cultural choice, I want to be kept inspired and affirmed. A different perspective on things can be motivating.

If you'd like to be in with a chance of reading this book, just comment on this blog post by 7pm (GMT) on Sunday, and I'll stick all the names in a hat. Open to all readers worldwide. If you do comment, don't forget to come back afterwards to see if you've won! Good luck!


  1. Would you include me please? I'm glad you have updated us on the simple living challenge. I was enjoying it (even if not joining in!),

  2. As 2 of my aims this year are to simplify my life and declutter (no 2 hopefully helping with no 1) this sounds right up my street - and I promise I'd pass it on afterwards! :) x

  3. I would like to be included please:) It looks like a good read and I have visited Lorilees blog several times in the past. Hope you and yours are well, from me and mine over at Tilly Towers xxx

  4. I am in Canada, and you did say worldwide? I would love to be included as I need to simplify my life.

    Gill in Southern Ontario, where the snow is finally melting!!

  5. After you mentioned the Simple Living Challenge, I went over and signed up too. As with most things, I did well for about a week, but then couldn't keep up. Some of the challenges require reflection and can not be checked off easily. Others are still on a list to get to. But I'm glad I signed up as it is a good reminder about things that I would like to make sure to incorporate into my every day life. Keep posting about the challenge so that I will be reminded to go back to it.

  6. Please enter me in the giveaway. I would LOVE to declutter and live a simpler life but don't know where to start. Thank you for a chance to win.
    Kathi in Florida

  7. Could you please include me as well ? Thank you , Leisha from Australia.

  8. I have started looking as a simpler life so please could you enter me into your giveaway thank you.

  9. For me, as part of aging (gracefully, I hope), I've tended to simplify my life more or less naturally. You get older, and some things that once mattered, just don't, any longer. What feels meaningful to me now, isn't anything like what I thought was meaningful when I was 20. And I know myself better now. I use my money and time on the things that I know deep in my core bring me joy. And I skip the rest. Maybe that's maturity. In any case, it tends to streamline my life and saves money and resources.

    You said that reflecting on your day was more difficult than other days of the challenge. I think you did a good job, whether it was difficult or not. I keep a similar reflection log in a file on my laptop. I'm using it to guide me towards the next chapter in my life. I don't look at it daily, but about once per week, and add/delete items as I tune in more closely to my authentic self. Anyways, wishing you well as you continue your journey.

  10. Yes please - count me in. I'm determined to declutter the house during the Easter school hols and my mind could certainly do with some attention too as I seem to dash around frantically at present never getting on top of anything.

  11. Yes please count me in - I am completely new to all of this blogging and am really enjoying the community feel online and all the tips and tricks, I am always trying to live more simply so this book sounds very inspiring! Goodluck with the challenge :)

  12. I've been wanting to get this book from the library. It's on my wish list. It's great to keep reading like-minded blogs and books..they always inspire me. Thanks for the giveaway!