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June 22 2010 Living Simply Newsletter

When we think of simplifying our lives, our first thought is about organization. But while an orderly office definitely streamlines your work, there are other areas of your life that can benefit from simplification, too.

My husband and I spent a good portion of the early years of marriage arguing. One might say that this was a bad sign for our relationship, and no doubt, those years were frustrating. Fast forward 25 years and we’re still married and more in love than ever before. How did that happen? We learned to argue effectively. And when mutual understanding was not forthcoming, we learned to end the argument fast.

Five Simply Ways to End an Argument
Arguments can be healthy but when one becomes fruitless, it’s time to end it.

I tried to be a savvy coupon queen but I didn’t want to make it my life’s work. Now, I only clip coupons for the products I use on a regular basis, and I end up saving money because I’m not tempted to buy every new thing on the market.

Easy Coupon Tricks
Saving money with coupons is irresistible but can be more effort than it’s worth. Here are ways to make clipping coupons work for you.

And finally, I want to encourage you to tap into your own inner self. All too often, we seek answers from others when our true selves know best. For years, I was on a quest to find fulfillment and peace, and here is what I discovered:

Desperately Seeking You
If you’re constantly seeking, seeking, seeking and not finding, perhaps it is time to take a hiatus from your outer studies and turn to inner studies


“"I have done my best", that is about all the philosophy of living that one needs” ~ Lin-yutang.

I hope you’ll share your thoughts and experiences with me either via email or in our Living Simply forum at We’re in this amazing life together. Enjoy the journey!

Lori Phillips Living Simply Editor

“If you missed the joy, you missed it all.”

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