The Need to Let Go of Distraction

“To be creative, one should simply unwind mindlessly.” —Craig Wright, Ph.D, author of The Hidden Habits of Genius The mind wanders into discovery. Whether while we sleep and our decision making and logical thought parts of our brain turn off freeing up the hippocampus, amygdala and visual-spatial cortex to have free range, while walking (without […]

287: 5 Things to Do to Build Healthy Relationships and 4 Things to Let Go

“We are born with a capacity to dance together but not with the necessary training.” —David Richo As soon as I read the first line in chapter one shown above, the analogy made crystal clear sense of my ignorance about relationships and how to navigate past it: I needed to learn HOW to love, not […]

286: How to Let Go of Comparison? Heal Thyself

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain The thief of joy, if Mark Twain is right, is of our own making. The good news in this revelation reveals each of us can take back our joy. Comparing ourselves to others occurs consciously and unconsciously. Consciously, we may be acutely aware that we follow certain […]

262: 9 Ways to Let Go of the Myth of a Perfect Life

“When we learn how to spot the narratives that get in the way of our happiness, we improve our chances of taking control of the stories that have for so long controlled us.” —Paul Dolan, author of Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life “There are countless stories about how we ought […]

186: How to Let Go of Self-Imposed Limitations

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #186 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the […]

Why Not . . . Let Go of the Busy Mentality?

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living […]

Why Not . . . Let Go?: 27 Things to Bid Adieu

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”– Raymond Lindquist I can remember quite vividly the first time I rode my bike without training wheels. I was four or five years old, and we were bicycling in our neighbors long drive-way. I don’t remember how long I rode with training wheels, but the […]

67: 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 […]

6 Fixed Life Ideas to Let Go

“‘Letting go’ obviously has several meanings. Letting go of the past; letting go of grief. But surely the most resistant is letting go of fixed ideas. Keeping our minds open to a future we can’t see.” -Kathy Horyn  ~The Simple Sophisticate podcast, episode #16 Often with our good intentions to set goals for our life, […]

How to Let Go of What Other People Think

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who […]

Let Go And Elevate Your Life

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ~Havelock Ellis I write this post as someone who for quite some time believed that having control was the path to happiness. Thankful, I have learned there is a much better and much more satisfying way to achieve fulfillment […]

Why Stereotypes Should Be Let Go

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” –Paul Coelho As humans, we like to know things.  We are comforted by certainties, […]

Let’s Go Find the Simply Luxurious Christmas Tree! 2019

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Letting Go of the Skinny: Authentic Vintage

The skinny jean cut has been in style since 2010 and has hung around for a reason, creating a curvy silhouette, when wore with heels they elongate the body and allow fun to be played with large over-sized tops without looking sloppy. While I will always have a pair or two (okay, maybe three or […]

Thoughts from the Editor: Letting Go of Stuff

Letting go (per the focus of this week’s episode of the podcast) and paring down have been at the forefront of my mind lately as I contemplate the reality of packing up not only my house, but my classroom full of 13 years of teaching. And so I found it to be quite serendipitous when […]

41: Letting Go & Hanging On: What Falls Where?

“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”– Joseph Campbell The Simple Sophisticate, episode #41 While the undeniable life truth remains that change is inevitable, even when we seek change, fervently pursue it, letting go of certain aspects of the […]

Letting Go

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”   -The Tao Te Ching It always seems funny to me how life has a way of forcing us to be honest with ourselves even when we try, […]

Pear & Thyme Galette

Who knew?! Okay, we certainly cannot be surprised when Mother Nature helps out that what we are making tastes even better, and that is what we are doing today – adding a simple herb, using the juice of the pear plus a few extra touches of luxurious flavor to make a pear and thyme galette. […]

An Apple and Herb Galette

Last weekend, the apples arrived on my doorstep from my neighbors who had just returned from Washington state. I was elated and began scrolling through my memory for all of the options for apple desserts. Too many, but whatever was chosen was sure to be flavor-rich with the apples freshly picked from the orchard. Apples […]

Fillet en Papillote Avec Légumes

Chosen often for dinner, salmon paired with vegetables is a trusted go-to. But after a while, such a simple dish, if not changed up a bit can become too rote. However, I know such a meal is a smart choice for eating well, satiating my appetite and eating seasonally, so I keep my ears and […]

TSLL’s Free Weekly Newsletter has Returned!

The beloved weekly newsletter is back! In 2010, TSLL’s free weekly newsletter began being delivered to subscribers’ inboxes each Friday and continued until 2020, reaching 15,000 readers around the world after ten years time. With all of the exclusive letters from the editor (moi! Shannon :)) in each week’s delivery which included a more personal […]