True Contentment

  “After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.  And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises.  You begin to accept your defeats. With your head up and your […]

244: Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment Everyday, All Day

“Finding an ease with what you are thinking, feeling, the world as it is, not necessarily accepting it, but not resisting it. This is contentment.” —Andy Puddicombe The truth about contentment is that it is different than being happy. We cannot know what it feels like to be happy if we have not known sadness, […]

Why Not . . . Cultivate Contentment Today?

“Pursuit of contentment is not the pursuit of an elusive tomorrow; it is the celebration of today. In that, it is the pursuit to end all pursuits.” —Majid Kazmi Spring is beginning to bloom in Portland this week, and so as I went on a couple of walks with the dogs, it was the blossoms […]

162: From Seeking Happiness to Cultivating Contentment: A Shift in Pursuit

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #162 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Focusing on happiness as our ultimate goal is self-defeating; being in a constant state of happiness is, simply put, impossible.”—Paul Hudson Place the word happiness on the cover of a self-help book and it will sell more times than it won’t (Amazon has over 40,000 book […]

11 Life Truths About Contentment That Seem Impossible Until We Experience Them

As children and young adults, and possibly even as adults, we hear from innumerable persons the axioms of living a happy life: marry your best friend, live like today is your last, or life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Okay, seriously? Didn’t Diane von Furstenberg tell us to be […]

10 Things People Who Have Found Contentment Understand About Uncertainty

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” —Julia Child ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #100 The oft mentioned quote regarding knowledge which has been attributed to both Aristotle and Albert Einstein goes something like this: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”. Why I share this quote […]

15 Everyday Habits to Live a Life of Contentment

“The best way to conquer self-doubt is to follow your dream and work your ‘bass’ off.” – CBS Sunday Morning speaking of musician Meghan Trainor ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #93 The highs in life that we each experience from landing the job we’ve been coveting for years, celebrating a hard-earned diploma, signing the papers on […]

13 Ways to Cultivate True Wealth

“View money and things not as something you create to fill a lack, but as tools to help you more fully express yourself and realize your potential.” —Sanaya Roman and Duane Packer ~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #27 The Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher for the field of literature once said about the topic of […]

Dream-Comes-True News! – The Book

A life lesson that continues to ring true is that good things do indeed take time. However, it is important to remember that in time, they do eventually occur. Nearly five years ago in 2009, The Simply Luxurious Life blog began innocently as an outlet for me as I shared and discussed my passions of […]

One Small Adjustment Away From Contentment

“We are all just one small adjustment away from making our lives work.” –Paul Rudd in How Do You Know? A life well lived is one that involves discipline, reflection and the conscious awareness of our present actions on our future. It is quite easy in our day-to-day lives to enjoy instant gratification, after all, […]

The Choice, the Struggle and the Reward

“The choice is always yours. Whatever society may claim, they can’t control you.” —as shared in the film Enola Homes (Sherlock to his sister, Enola) To give people choices is to give them responsibility. In said responsibility then lies opportunity. It is then up to us, those given a choice, to choose well. Without giving […]

10 Favorite French Cookbooks for Your Kitchen Library

A well-written novel, many classic novels and contemporary highly acclaimed novels, share a human story revealing the journey of struggle, discovery, awakening, undeserved or unwanted pain and navigation to a larger truth that humans of all generations can connect with in some way. A good cookbook, a classic, one that is and will be pulled […]

Unbecoming Who You Are Not in order to Remember Who You Are

Sometimes when a rose that is just beginning to start the blooming process, if it has layers and layers of petals and is hit by a good long rain during the summer followed by subsequent burst of heat, it can become basically frozen for lack of a better word. Gardeners call it balling, but basically, […]

284: 5 Steps for Finding Financial Peace of Mind

“Being in touch with [the essence] of ourselves as we make financial decisions is as good as it gets. Money is a store of life energy, and when we can channel that life energy into an expression of what is most dear to our soul, an exciting alignment takes place between our financial and spiritual […]

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 […]

271: 12 Simple Winter Holiday Decor Ideas

When it comes to the winter holiday season, cozying in asks of us to be inside our homes far more than we would be during the warmer months which is why our homes need to become a sanctuary inside which we love spending time. Over the years my approach to how I decorate for Christmas, […]

The Audio Book is Now Available! : TSLL’s 2nd Book

Just in time for the holiday travel season, Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self (TSLL’s 2nd and latest book) is now available in audio format. I want to first begin by thanking TSLL readers who have been asking about the audio format and patiently waiting for it […]

5 Simple New Ways to Invigorate Your Everyday

Invigorating our everydays takes conscious effort, but it need not be hard. In fact, once we shift the way we look at the routine of our days, we infuse positive habits that provide the levitation to make our everydays extraordinary. Now if you were to search “how to improve your life” on the internet, you […]

Finding and Savoring ‘Waterfall’ Moments

  “Fly off to France and find [your] waterfall.” —Ruth Reichl about Elizabeth David‘s French food writing and how reading it inspired her to travel to expand her understanding of food and life, in the introduction for At Elizabeth David’s Table: Classic Recipes and Timeless Kitchen Wisdom It’s a funny thing about France. Especially if […]

World Cup Champs Again and the Truths They Taught Extend Far Further Than the Field

“Being in the States myself, I think that definitely had an impact,” she said. “You just notice that playing together you can achieve much more. You can see that in the States. That’s an interesting combination, the team spirit and the individual fighters. You’re never playing alone. You’re playing as a team.”—Sarina Wiegman, the Women’s […]

254: 26 Ways to Ensure Happy Singledom at Any Stage of Our Life’s Journey

“Across the world, despite all prejudices and beliefs against it, singlehood is the growing trend.” —Elyakim Kislev , author of Happy Singlehood: The Rising Acceptance and Celebration of Solo Living It is highly beneficial to understand the construction of our beliefs regarding singledom, so that after discarding the myths and acknowledging the realities, we can “freely […]