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"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
- Henry David Thoreau


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Hello everyone! I'm back! Back from a vacation and a pile of preparation that led up to that vacation. Actually it's wasn't the vacation that required so much work. You see, I got married this past month to my best friend and soul mate! We took a cruise afterwards and that is partly why I've not updated this site for a while. I know, my priorities are out of whack!

Regarding the wedding, it took a lot of planning and details to pull it off. We had a beautiful beach wedding in Florida a few weeks ago, but it still wasn't a simple thing to plan for. I give my Sweetie most of the credit on the planning. (I did help out quite a bit too leading up to the wedding in case you were wondering.) However, getting back to normal this past week was not easy. So many things to do and details to check up on that I always have this feeling like I'm forgetting something. I wish coming back from trips were simpler.

This is why I chose to focus on making a new design based on this: "Simplicity"! This is my fourth wall for the year and 136th overall to the site.

Simplicity in life overall is a great thing to be desired. It cuts waste, saves time, makes tasks easier to do, and helps when communicating with others. This image (which BTW was not taken from our trip, those will come later...) is simply land, air, and sea with shade from the trees and warmth of the sun which make a complete, yet simple, environment. I love it! In fact, when I write my blog entries, I focus on taking out the nonessential words just as much as I focus on adding in needed words to be as concise as I can be. Ok, sometimes I do this better than others. Leo Babauta noted that simplicity comes down to two things: identify the essential and eliminate the rest.

The older I get, I realize how true it is that living is easier, and consequently, becomes better, when things get simpler. Fewer things are made now-a-days that seem to follow this path. But when they do, it's great! And it makes life easier and more enjoyable.

Winston Churchill once said that a "vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life". Speak concisely, and get to the point fast. People appreciate things simply said. Plus, when you do communicate this way, it's more efficient and easier to have your audience understand.

Ultimately, I believe that simplicity is an achievement itself. Simplicity is beautiful! smile
- Original blog entry from 04.29.2013

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