20 Life Lessons Learned from Beatrix Potter

“She set out upon an unknown course which held at least the possibility of personal fulfillment — a choice inextricably driven by her inherent passion for place —a passion which would ultimately define her life.” —Linda Lear, biographer of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature Perhaps you were read and then read yourself as a […]

279: 15 Life Lessons Learned during my First Year into my 40s

True contentedness is unremarkable to the outside world, or passerby. Typing away in my cozy chair in the living room in my line of sight Norman eats his breakfast and Oscar acknowledging he will not be able to sneak a bite, takes a long cool drink of water. The croissant for my Sunday morning ritual […]

270: 9 Life Lessons to Learn (and Apply) Before It’s Too Late

“We have the choice to change our life, to be courageous and to live true to our heart, one that will see us die and live without regret.” —Bronnie Ware, author of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying Dying, death and loss has unwantingly been on my mind this past fall. Rest assured, today’s […]

155: 6 Life Lessons for Living Well from Julia Child (a top episode from season 3)

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” – from Julia Child’s memoir My Life in France During the month of July, The Simple Sophisticate podcast will be airing top episodes from the archives. Why, you might […]

Let the 40s Begin! (and 3 Valuable Life Lessons Realized in my 30s)

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237: 7 Life Lessons from The Tao of Pooh

“Things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.” —Benjamin Hoff, author of The Tao of Pooh ~Below is a list of the life lessons shared on today’s podcast episode. For detailed conversation about each point, be sure to listen to the […]

10 Life Lessons from Provence: Slow Down & Savor the Everyday

“Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.” —Paul Cezanne, French Post-Impressionist painter who spent much of his life in Provence Upon stepping foot in my vacation rental just two miles outside of Gordes, nestled in the countryside and surrounded by vineyards, my breathing deepened, and a long sigh was exhaled. With […]

9 Life Lessons From French Women about Women

Strength and intelligence, composure and courage, free-thinkers and style makers. French women from history and today offer in today’s post words to ponder about the subject of women and the journey we all are on: life. It is how we choose to live it that will make all the difference, and the awareness that indeed […]

155: 6 Life Lessons for Living Well from Julia Child

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #155 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio ~Julia Child’s kitchen as seen at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C., as it was in Cambridge, Massachusetts~ The more I read about Julia Child, especially in her own words, the more I find inspiration regarding how to successfully journey through life. Saying yes to life, […]

21 Life Lessons Learned in South Korea

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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 […]

Life Lessons from Julia Child & How to Flip an Omelette

Lately I’ve been reading As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto, and the more I hear her voice in those letters, the more I completely love her and am inspired to be myself. Just be myself. And so, as I mentioned earlier this week, I become more in awe of a woman […]

10 Life Lessons Learned from the Rio Olympics

The Summer Olympics is a wonderful way to enjoy August. I think I shed more tears every four years during these two weeks than I do all total throughout the year, but the tears are tears of inspiration, amazement and a reminder that so much of what is thought to be impossible (because accepting this […]

23 Life Lessons Learned in NYC & New Canaan

~PODCAST LISTENERS: Please note, that the next episode of The Simple Sophisticate will return next Monday. Due to my travels, I wasn’t able to produce the episode I have been working on, and rather than do something too quickly, I will be fine tuning it over the week. It is a topic that is dear […]

10 Life Lessons Learned In College

The fall semester is about to begin in many colleges, and the fall quarter isn’t too far behind. When I imagine all of the students I have taught beginning college, many as freshman, I can’t help but reflect on my first experience away from home and doing my best to harness my freedom as well […]

313: The Importance of Finding Meaning in Life: 9 Lessons taught by Viktor E. Frankl

“Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a ‘secondary rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.” —Viktor E. Frankl First […]

How to Flourish rather than Languish in Your One and Only Life

“Flourishing really is what people are ultimately after. It’s living the good life. We usually think about flourishing as living in a state in which all aspects of a person’s life are good — it’s really an all-encompassing notion.” —Tyler J. VanderWeele, an epidemiology and biostatistics professor and director of Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program For four […]

An Essential Skill for The Most Peace-filled and Resilient Life

“Resilent people are really good at choosing carefully where they select their attention . . . and make an intentional, deliberate, ongoing effort to tune into what’s good in [their] world.” —Lucy Hone, psychologist and grief expert Each of us grasps life lessons at our own pace. Whether due to our own motivation to grow […]

303: 33 Ways to Live Your Fullest Life, as taught by Norma Kamali

“Living your purpose will make it possible to do all the things you need to do to reach the goals you need to reach in order to fulfill your dreams, which are as big as the world and as optimistic as your mind can imagine.” —Norma Kamali, author of I Am Invincible Change is inevitable, […]

302: 21 Lessons Learned in my 42nd Year

Over the weekend I quietly celebrated my 42nd birthday. It was lovely. It was full of much contemplation. It included delicious food and wine and the last day of the year brought the sunshine which found me out in my garden preparing for spring. Over the past 12 months all of our lives experienced unexpected […]

10 Ways to Cultivate a Mental Diet that Elevates the Quality of Your Life

“I’m not so worried about the dangers of mental junk food. That’s because I’ve found that many of the true intellectuals I’ve met take pleasure in mental junk food too. Having a taste for trashy rom-coms hasn’t rotted their brain or made them incapable of writing great history or doing deep physics. No, my worry […]

Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

“Life is short and absurd and run through with pain and sorrow. But even in the face of real suffering, gardening can make our days shine with joy.” —Monty Don Today is Earth Day, and so I chose today’s topic as a way to celebrate the good fortunate we have to live on our amazing […]