Category Archives: Simplifying

Happy Thanksgiving from Costa Rica! I Am Thankful For……

As I mentioned in an earlier post, for the first time in my adult life I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this year with my parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  In fact, since Chris is in Antarctica, it’s just … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Emotions

As human beings, we are complicated, flawed, multi-dimensional creatures with deep layers of motives, conflicts, and goals.  Our emotions arise from these multi-factorial roots.  As humans, we cannot let go of our emotions.  We cannot squash down our feelings like … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Simplify Your Goals

Eighteen months ago, if anyone would have asked me, “What are your goals in life?”, this is how I would have responded: “Well, my 15-year plan is to become Associate Dean of Medical Education, either here (my workplace at that … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Simplify Your Time

 “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.”   This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t … Continue reading

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Reflections on Simplifying in Costa Rica: I can live without these

As I reflect on ways we have simplified our lives since moving to Costa Rica, I amazed by how many things we live without that I previously thought were absolutely essential.  This is a partial list of things I used … Continue reading

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Simplifying in Costa Rica: Paper or Plastic….or Neither!

Before moving to Costa Rica from the Texas, I had moment where I felt I “hit bottom” as an American consumer.  It happened at HEB Plus, the massive superstore where I had been doing most of my shopping for 8 … Continue reading

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Simplifying in Costa Rica: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

One of the reasons we moved to Costa Rica out all the many countries we considered is it’s prevalent culture of sustainability and conservation.  You can live in Costa Rica and be enslaved by consumerism, produce a ton of trash, … Continue reading

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Simplifying in Costa Rica: Smaller House

When we first moved to Costa Rica, Kathia, one of the international family liaisons at the children’s school, showed us  4 different houses.  We fell in love with  Ana Victoria’s house though it was at the high end of the … Continue reading

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Simplifying in Costa Rica: Smaller Refrigerator

Though not entirely by choice, one of the ways we have simplified our lives in Costa Rica is by living with a smaller refrigerator.  When we first moved in, the landlady said that the small fridge was temporary until she … Continue reading

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Reflections on Eating in Costa Rica

I hope you enjoyed the last two weeks of blog info about eating in Costa Rica.  Being Mexican mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I equate food with love, so these blog posts are dear … Continue reading

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