8 Ways to Live the Simple Life


  1. Go somewhere and don’t tell anyone. Ever. We live in a society where we take pictures of our food, every experience we have and post it instantly online. I’m guilty! But when was the last time you experienced something truly for and by yourself? Put the phone in your glove compartment, drive somewhere adventurous, get curious and explore. And don’t tell the world about it. I want to live my life; not record it.” Jackie Onassis
  2. Limit tv. Read, play with your children/nieces/nephews, paint, make an elaborate meal, learn, explore. Find something else to do besides the tv.
  3. Speaking of reading. Hide your kindle and get the real deal paper and ink. Let the pages fold, rip and crease, grab a pen and make notes in the blank spaces, let it live and let it be raw. That is what reading is all about.
  4. Respect boredom. Everyone is always so dang busy and declares it like it’s a badge of honor. Busy is a trap. Busy is not honorable. Busy means you lack knowing what is and is not important. Clear your calendar for a day and do nothing. Get bored. Get really, bored. And see what comes up. I bet, almost without a doubt, it will spark creativity and inspiration like you’ve never experienced before.
  5. Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is so 2015. If you’re working on something, turn everything else off and just do that one thing for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
  6. Stop buying plastic. Fo’ real. And if you walk by trash outside, pick it up. Be kind to the world.
  7. Look up at the stars as often as you can. It will put everything right into perspective.
  8. In all ways possible, choose outdoors.
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bonjour beautiful: movement

This week is all about movement.  Physical movement. dfa3bef7-19c4-4faf-be5d-076aaf3fa3a6

If you’re anything like me, I spend the majority of my day sitting and o-m-g my hips hate me.  It’s ultra important for me to find movement when I’m not sitting at my desk so my hips get some relief.

Besides saving my hips, movement for me is magical. It’s connection to my thoughts, a big stress reliever and a huge confidence builder.  But quite frankly I used to hate movement because I thought it meant just going to the gym and running on the treadmill.  Not my idea of fun.  Once I broke the treadmill dread and learned that there are so many other ways of finding movement my life quite literally changed for the better.

A good movement will give you energy, excitement, confidence, push you to your limits in all aspects and allow you to grow and build.  This week, take some time to explore and play with new movement. Things you’ve never done before and even things you might have thought you hated.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
Ballroom Dance
Hip Hop Dance
Boot Camp
Trampoline Parks
Rock Climbing
Martial Arts

Use the hashtag #bonjourbeautiful to show us your movement!

p.s. the above picture is of me doing the chacha, in front of people. I am a former dance hater and tried ballroom dancing as a courage project and fell in love with it!  Another push to try something you think you won’t like 🙂


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French word: soigné

soigné (adj., French)

possessing an aura of sophistication in dress, manner or design; presented or prepared with an elegance attained through care for the finer details.