Why Not . . . Meditate?

While technology has been introduced into our world as a means of assistance and improvement to the quality of our life, it also has become a means to distract us from being present, from finding balance and from catching our breath. In Time magazine last week, the cover story “The Art of Being Mindful” took aim […]

11 Worthwhile Life Skills That Are Easier Than They Appear

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius Having never experienced a particular event, feeling or sensation, it can be hard to trust that attaining what we have marked as our goal as something other than difficult to achieve. After all, if it were easy, we would have experienced it by now. […]

Responding vs. Reacting: The Difference

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #145 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “The act of responding requires one to look at the circumstance, identify the problem or situation, hear what is happening and reflect . . . What matters is that you stopped and put an effort to think and suspended judgment. It is a conscious act and […]

11 Ways to Savor a Snow Day

“Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder–no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” ― Candace Bushnell in Lipstick Jungle The snow continues to fall, and from the images on IG, the snow was falling a little […]

10 Life Lessons 2016 Taught Me

“It is within the boundaries of reflection we are able to become aware of insights that can lead us to understanding.”  ― Kat Lahr ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #135 On the first of January with each new year, twelve months stretch before us full of potential to progress and evolve and to observe the magic that […]

Why Not . . . Transition from Busy to Balanced?

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” —Thomas Merton A paradox of a well lived life is that it in order to live a full life we must not allow our daily schedules to become full. Superficially, such a statement sounds absurd, but upon closer examination, […]

11 Skills Worth Practicing No Matter What Your Age

Before Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam tennis final in 1999 at the age of 18, she had been practicing and finessing her game since the age of 3.  Fifteen years of practice. Success not only in our careers but in our daily lives comes from intentionally choosing to improve, to grow, again and again […]

14 Ways to Get Back to Calm

“The more tranquil a [wo]man becomes, the greater is [her] success, [her] influence, [her] power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” – James Allen   ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #121 Back at the start of 2015, I posted the idea of getting back to simple, sharing 22 ways to welcome simple […]

11 Ways to be Happy Right Now

“If you think something is missing in your life, it is probably YOU…” ― Robert Holden ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #112 The pursuit of goals, of dreams, either admittedly or unconsciously takes place to welcome more happiness, more contentment into our lives, but what about right now? Are you happy? Are you someone who can sit in […]

The Best Learned Trait We Can Possess: Willpower

“Ultimately, self-control lets you relax because it removes stress and enables you to conserve willpower for the important challenges.” —Willpower: Recovering the Greatest Human Strength  ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #110 Much like a tank of gas, when we wake up each morning (depending upon how well we have slept), our minds will contain a finite amount […]

Why Not . . . Embrace Mini Summer Resolutions?

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ― Charles Bowden The abundance of fresh food at the markets, long days full of sun and warmth, more flexible schedules for many and hope for what might possibly be expands. As much as I truly enjoy setting resolutions when the new year begins, doing so and then […]

What Lin-Manuel Miranda Taught Me

“When great people cross our path, it forces us to reckon with what we’re doing with our lives.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the 11-time Tony award winning musical Hamilton ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #108 The people we come into contact throughout our lives either enter to offer an opportunity for us to change and […]

Why Not . . . Find Your Personal Power?

“Dance your way to presence. Seize the large, beautiful, powerful parts of yourself — the ones you love and believe. They are, indeed, yours for the taking.” —Amy Cuddy, author of Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #95 In order for the everyday we seek to be our […]

TSLL Planner: Building a Simply Luxurious 2016!

“When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free Well, TSLL readers, 2016 has officially begun and as I wake up on […]

8 Ways for Introverts to Thrive in the Workplace

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #68 As an introvert in the workplace, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate successfully without being labeled cold, stand-offish or supercilious. However, each of these labels are inaccurate and misunderstand an introverts needs as we are merely trying to refuel, reenergize in the brief moments we have that are quiet, […]

4 Reasons to Let Go of Cynicism

 “Do not allow any negativity or ugliness in your surroundings, or anybody at all, [to] destroy your confidence or affect your growth as a blooming flower. It is very normal for one ugly weed to not want to stand alone.”  ― Suzy Kassem ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #67 The beauty of self-reflection is that it […]

Life, Love & Decor: My Interview with Frances Schultz

“The house, whether cottage or castle, stands for who we are, how we live, and how we love ourselves and others.” –Frances Schultz, author of The Bee Cottage Story The Simple Sophisticate, episode #56 The entire interview with author and blogger Frances Schultz is available exclusively on audio this week, so do be sure to […]

This & That: No. 169

Book ~Re Jane by Patricia Park If you are a fan of Jane Eyre, you may be interested in Patricia Park’s contemporary spin on the beloved tale. Released this past May, the heroine is Jane Re, a half-American, half-Korean who lives in Flushing, Queens; however, continuously desiring to escape. And when she does, she welcomes […]

The Importance of Cultivating a Sanctuary

“Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul.” – Christopher Forrest McDowell The Simple Sophisticate, episode #46 Over the course of the first handful of days of my living in Bend, Oregon, I have hit the ground running, exploring walking trails, shops, bakeries and even high […]

Why Not . . . Make the Most of Summer?

“Then followed that beautiful season…Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Simple Sophisticate, episode #43 Yesterday, June 21st, summer officially began here in the Northern Hemisphere, and as I was zipping around […]

8 Ways to Become the CEO of Your Own Life

“Women have never had so many options. Yet we often experience a kind of paralysis, an unconscious willingness to follow societal dictates rather than become the CEOs of our own lives. When we mindlessly follow the dots, we smother our innate gifts and miss opportunities to fulfill our true potential.” -Shannon Ables, Choosing the Simply […]

How to be the Master of Your Mind

“I am of the personal belief that through tough physical training, proper mindset, and a high level of maturity that mental toughness is born.” -Stewart Smith, author of The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness The Simple Sophisticate, episode #20 What we think has an amazing effect on the reality of our lives. If we […]

Thoughts from the Editor

One of my favorite daily work week rituals is to rise in the morning earlier than necessary, giving myself nearly two hours before I need to get out the door. Part of the reason I can get going at such an early hour is because I’ve come to claim my old soul which also means […]

12 Ways to Celebrate La Rentrée

“The French have a special word for it, La Rentrée; in English it is simply referred to as ‘Back to school’. However we choose to call the September post-vacation return, and no matter how far our schooldays are behind us, few would deny that this really is the moment in the year that shouts ‘new beginnings’, ushering […]