Simple Sunday Plus – 11 :)

Hey everyone. I hope your weekend is simply awesome :)!!

And with that said, it is now time for the eleventh edition of Simple Sunday (and surprisingly I am posting it on a Sunday instead of my usual Saturday publishing date)!!

Simple Sunday features links to stories, blog post and videos that I have encountered over the week that I find interesting, insightful, telling and just plain fun to read or watch. Hopefully, you will all agree as well.

So, take an hour or so, grab a coffee, tea or other beverage, sit back and enjoy. It’s that SIMPLE! :)



If you find yourself feeling a tad stressed or overwhelmed, take a moment or two to consider all that you are and how far you’ve come. How Gratitude Can Calm Your Nerves and Make You More Effective is a wonderful post brought to you by the good folks over at Tiny Buddha, and you can check it out at

Skyler James, 18, received one heck of a high-school graduation present: she was reunited with the man who rescued her when she was a baby.” – ‘Nuff said. This feel good/heart-warming story can be read at High school graduate surprised by man who saved her life as a baby.

Mr. CBB over at Canadian Budget Binder asks us “Would you give back a $40k find stuffed in a thrift store couch?” It’s a fun read and personally, while I hope I would do the right thing, one truly never knows until faced with such an experience. To be honest, if I knew that the money belonged to a decent person or persons, I would immediately give it back. If however, I knew that the money was socked away by a drug dealer or blackmailer, then I would not! Hopefully, that’s a decision I’ll never have to make. What say you? Click on over to CBB and see what others have to say:

Here’s a very cool DIY project that I’m sure Lois, over at Living Simply, would enjoy. It’s a DIY Mason Jar Hanging Herb Planter and Jordan Reid, over at Ramshackle Glam, shows us how it’s done! As an apartment dweller, I like this idea very much and if  could figure out a way to do one without my cat trying ti attack it, I would :) If interested, browse on over to

Thanks to Kathy Gottberg of Smart Living 365 for “hipping” me to a new term and concept in the Voluntary Simplicity/Minimalist movement: Essentialism. In her article titled “Essentialism—A Better Way To Describe Minimalism?“, Kathy introduces us to the author of the book Essentialism—The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown and provides us with “…some of the most insightful statements made about Essentialism by Greg McKeown throughout the book.” This is truly a most interesting perspective and I like that is fits nicely between Voluntary Simplicity and Minimalism. To learn more, drop by Thanks Kathy :)

And last, but not least, Laurie from The Frugal Farmer, graced my From 50 On blog last week with a great read titled Thoughts on Approaching the Big 5-0! In her post, Laurie explains why she is looking forward to her fifties and that we all should embrace our fifties “…for they are not an end, but a beginning. A beginning to have the freedom to be who you really want in your heart to be.” I couldn’t agree more :) Please check out her guest post at

Well, that’s it for this week folks. I hope you all have a relaxing and Simple Sunday and we’ll see ya in a couple of days.

I’d love to read what you have to say about these stories so please feel free to continue the conversation in the comments section below.

Take care and all the best.

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Oh oh…can I ask one more favor please…I am trying to gain more “likes” for my The Joy of Simple Facebook page. if you wouldn’t mind, could ya pop over to and like my page pleeeeezzzzzzzeee! Thank you :)


Now…here’s the plus!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled Let The Spring Cleaning-Decluttering Begin and while I’ve been a tad too busy to do anything since, I will now begin the declutering process in my apartment starting  tomorrow.

First up is my desk or work-station. This is where I spend a lot of my time when at home and it tends to get messy really quick with the accumulation of papers, bills and what-not. The photo below is the “before” image and within the next few days I will post the “after” image once I have actually done something!



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