This past weekend I took a solo road trip to New York City. On the way there, I listened to a book recommended by a friend: Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver.

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The book is about living more by living with less. While it wasn’t a book I totally loved, I do agree with lots of the concepts. (In fairness, I think I didn’t love it because I’ve already made so many strides in terms of simplicity. Heck, I built a tiny house and got rid of 50% of my stuff! For that reason, it wasn’t super interesting to me.) I would absolutely recommend it for someone who feels like they have too much: too much debt, too much stuff, too much clutter, too much stress.

She did say one thing that I wanted to be sure to share with you.

The place between ease & stress is called steadiness.

I used to feel like either I was going all out, all in, full-throttle-effort or I was slacking.

I used to feel like either I was committed to eating clean & being disciplined with my food choices OR I was eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted.

I used to feel like I was either working with unrelenting focus and crazy hours or I was scaling back and coasting.

I think most people live in these extremes. We give ourselves credit when we’re on full blast and we beat ourselves up when we’re not.

Life isn’t that way. It’s just not true. Sure, you can choose to see it that way, but that doesn’t mean it’s the way things are.

The place between ease & stress isn’t slacking.

It’s steady. It’s sustainable. It’s satisfying.