15 Fun & Free things to do in Chicago – Sometimes the best things in life are free!

Mini shopping spree in your favorite online store or bunch with a dear friend? Fancy new car or the 3-week trip through China you’ve been dreaming of for years? Which would you choose? Which would make you happier? Did you know there have been a bunch of studies that have shown that the things that make us happiest in life aren’t really things we have, but rather the experiences we…

3 Steps to Figuring Out What You Really Want (and why that’s important!)

Life can get REALLY complicated and frustrating if you don’t know what you want. An important key to simplifying your life is figuring out what you want. When I am clear about what I want out of life and what my goals are it is much easier to go after them and life is much more manageable. But many of us go through life with only vague ideas of what we really want…

The One Tool You Need for Inner Simplicity

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Things are getting too chaotic, I just want to cut out all the craziness and overload and get back to the basics”?  I think we all have at one time or another. Life can get pretty overwhelming with everything that we have on our plates nowadays.  “Back to the basics” can mean very different things for different people. But we all have some sense of…

The Simple Way to Declutter Your Mind

 3:00 AM I wake up and still half asleep make my way into the bathroom, 2 minutes later I come back and slide into bed and all of a sudden my head, which had been happily snoozing away just 2 minutes before, goes all “thinky” on me. Now, apparently with great urgency, my mind decides I need to worry about a meeting I’ve got tomorrow, strategize how I’m…

3 Simple Habits for a Calmer & Happier Life

Ever feel like you just need a break from everything in your life, even the stuff you like? I was having a little episode of that earlier this week. When I finally stopped, took a deep breath, and gave it some thought, I realized that part of the reason I was feeling so overwhelmed was that I had scheduled my week so full that I had stopped doing 2 of the 3 key habits I…