What is simple living and why are so many folks ditching the traditional American dream in pursuit of it? Joel Zaslofsky of Smart and Simple Matters podcast joins me, Jenise, for a chat on the topic.
Joel shares about his transition from “working in the money industry purely for money” to embracing a simpler, more intentional life. He shares a bit about his average day now compared to then; his podcast, Smart and Simple Matters; and SimpleREV which helps people connect in-person about slowing down, being grateful, and nerding out about the simple life.
Making the Switch
For Joel, the switch wasn’t easy. But learning that he was about to become a dad for the first time, kick-started him along the path. How many of us began to feel the urge to make these changes when we became parents? I know that becoming a mom was a real turning point for me. But the journey to living a life that is mostly congruent with what my heart is saying, took a lot longer in my case.
And what is simple living all about? Well according to Joel it’s, “homesteading, sustainability, meditation, mindfulness, minimalism, yoga, transition towns, tiny houses, slow food, slow parenting and more.
An Intentional Life
“I think the thread that runs through it for all these people is they want to live a more intentional life; they want to be more grateful; they want to see the world as an abundant place as opposed to a scarce place; they want to show compassion and patience and kindness,” says Joel, “..but for me its about loving the concept of enough.”
Intentional living – that sums it up for me too, Joel. What a pleasure it was to meet this kindred spirit. I think you will agree.
For a few ideas on steps you can take toward a more simple, intentional life, check out these 7 Steps to Start You on the Path to Simple Living.