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, […]

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 […]

The Priceless Gifts from the Ocean: Solitude & Comfort

“I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea Seventeen months had passed since I last laid eyes on the Pacific Ocean, felt it dance over my boots, heard the lapping of the waves […]

251: Celebrating the JOMO and Enjoying Your Unique Chosen Journey of Life

“Most people are in a constant state of falling for whatever the most interesting thing is. Falling for whatever the most popular person is doing . . . This introduces the endless cycle of constantly ‘shopping’ for experiences. An endless search for novelty, hedonism, and just a dash of escapism. Because they do not conduct […]

TSLL Celebrates 9 Years Today!

“Never look over your shoulder. Never follow. Believe in yourself, but always listen. Be inspired by what you love, and who you love. Travel, take it all in, but always come home and create out of your personal living.” —Ralph Lauren It was nine years ago today that I spent an entire day walking and […]

The World Needs You – All of You: How to Not Become a Commodity

“Have your own unique way of looking at the world especially when it could be of immense value to the market place. Learning across interdisciplinary subjects will help you avoid becoming a commodity. When you become a commodity, your skill sets are replaceable and you face increased competition from people and AI alike. It is […]

Season 5 Schedule of The Simple Sophisticate podcast

Next Monday, on September 3rd, the fifth season of The Simple Sophisticate podcast will begin. The first four seasons have covered topics on living your best life, whether that was about self-care, lifestyle, health, decor, travel, relationships, or anything that involves living the simply luxurious life, bien sûr! With now 223 episodes complete, of which […]

TSLL’s 2nd Book – Preorder a Signed Copy Now!

I have some exciting news for you today. The most important good news is that the “best self” you have known either consciously or unconsciously that resides within you does exist and is something you can absolutely bring forth and share with the world. In fact, the world needs you to take on this challenge […]

A Partner vs. a Soul mate: Reconsidering their Roles in Our Life

In 2016 I proposed the idea (episode #128) that the term “soul mate” was a myth, at least in terms of how the current culture allowed its definition to be interpreted and peddled to imply we were not complete without our other half. Due to the origin of the term, the ancient tale of Aristophanes, the concept of […]

Why Not . . . Cultivate a Productive, Engaging, Enjoyable Working Environment?

Did you know . . . More than 9.4 million business firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. —NAWBO report (National Association of Women Business Owners) About 29 percent of America’s business owners are women, that’s up from 26 percent in 1997. The […]

3 Crucial Components to Acquiring New Habits in 2018

“Success is sequential, not simultaneous. No one actually has the discipline to acquire more than one powerful new habit at a time. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Over time.” —Gary Keller & Jay Papasan from their best-selling book The ONE Thing: […]

173: The Benefits of Having a Mission Statement & How to Create Your Own

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #173 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio  “To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” —Oprah Winfrey’s mission statement The first time I sat down to write my personal mission statement after reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly […]