Tag Archives: simplicity

A brown turtleneck

I went online to buy this brown turtleneck that was on sale for $25.90.

Then I decided that since I wear these almost everyday, I should order four.
Then I saw this Steve Madden jacket. Man, that would look great over a brown turtleneck.

50% off and marked down to $48.90.
Then I saw these boots. Wow, this is [...]

I’m going driving today

I’ve had to think too much, so now my brain is too tired to write a nice long post.
I am headed to Roman Holiday Motorhomes to test drive the big rig and a Sprinter class C.  I am also going to sit in them for a very long time.
I’ve got all of my adopted family’s [...]

Thanksgiving with the Fam

“Did you know that Jennifer is driving to the North Pole?”
A look combining fear and sadness contorts my father’s face, “Oh no…”  trailing off, he looks as if he’s just been told I was diagnosed with a terrible illness.
“I’m not driving to the North Pole, Mom, I’m driving to the Arctic Circle.”
“I don’t think you [...]

But I kind of wanted to keep those

I look forward to getting rid of my house.
I look forward to getting rid of my furniture.
I have major separation anxiety with getting rid of my books.
My real estate agent said I have to move out the bookcases that are barring my front door. (I’m working on that issue.)
I have already cut my library in [...]

The upside of having had a 9mm in your mouth

Some people think that having a complete mental breakdown is just terrible. And, yes, I agree, there is a lot that sucks about it. But there is an upside.
After that moment, you don’t worry about the same stupid shit anymore. You don’t care if you drive a piece of shit car or if you publicly [...]

Oh my god that was easy!

I still had a bunch of items that Lifeworks didn’t want to take, but that I needed to get rid of before my brother arrives on Thursday.
So I moved it out to my curb this morning and posted a quick email to my Neighborhood Association.
From: Jennifer <iam@livinginmycar.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM
Subject: Free [...]


In 2006, I returned to Austin to work with my beloved academic mentor, Bob Solomon.
In 2007, while changing plans in the Zurich Airport, Bob unexpectedly died.
His life and death had a profound impact on people around the world.
Here is an excerpt of his philosophy (from his cameo appearance in The Waking Life) that many found [...]

Spending more than I earn: my current finances and income

As everyone who is trying to make this leap to a simpler existence knows, one of the first challenges is trying to significantly decrease your out of pocket expenses.  For me, that means getting out from a mortgage that is too big and paying off credit card debt.
I currently spend more than I take in [...]

Lifeworks 1.0

Lifeworks had a big fundraiser last week, so they asked if they could delay the pick up of my furniture until October 9th. Despite my readiness to get rid of the things in my garage, I was happy to have some extra time to sort through the closets in my house.  But I only have [...]

I’m going to sell my house

I emailed our realtor. I am not sure if I am going crazy or finally freeing myself from a bunch of stuff that does nothing but weigh me down.
This quote, from Emily Fagan’s blog Roads Less Traveled, put me over the edge:
“As I read, and thought, and stared at my stuff around me, I slowly [...]

I got rid of some stuff!

I made a list of items that I could easily part with and emailed a local charity that we support, Lifeworks. They are going to bring a truck to load up a bunch of my stuff!
Yeah! Someone is going to have a very nice crate and barrel home. Not me.

What I really want to do

is live in my car.
I don’t know why. I just want the simplicity. I want the mobility. I don’t want all of this stuff that I have to store, clean, maintain.  Compared to most people, I probably don’t really have that much. I live in an 880 sq ft minimalist house and drive a five [...]