Simple Living News Update + Thoughts on Working for a Non-Profit

by Tammy Strobel on January 21, 2011

Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week; along with an inspiring quote from each piece.

In addition to the news update, I’m answering a reader question every week. In the following two minute video I talk about working for non-profits and career changes.

For those of you who can’t watch the video, read this article: Seven Tips to Kick the Cubicle Habit.

Also, here are a few of the key points I emphasized:

  • You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to be “successful.”
  • Working for a non-profit is a viable career option.
  • Before you leave any job, make sure you’re really clear about your goals, what makes you happy, and what you are good at.

Now onto the news . . .

Where This Woman Creates (Really)

“We create in spaces that we share with partners and children and people we love, in moments we steal away from the messy, stormy, unpredictable, untamed and beautiful lives we are creating together with our families and neighbors and friends.

We write on the sofa while a little one makes a paper bag puppet next to us in the early morning hours while the rest of our bustling city sleeps.”

The Living Kitchen

“This ‘living kitchen’ concept has got my attention. There’s beauty in its practical simplicity.”

Let Love

“You too are enough, you too are perfect in your imperfection.”

Cool Stuff

Announcement: Become a Micro-patron

Micropatronage has been on my mind lately and I decided to start a subscription based newsletter, through letter.ly, as an experiment.

What will the newsletter focus on?

You’ll learn about simplicity, creativity, happiness, and we’ll talk about the power of storytelling. Some of the content in this newsletter will include my “unplugged thoughts,” meaning only light editing will be done. You’ll also find some excerpts from the print book I’m working on and a number of creative essays. In essence, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of content in the weekly updates as well as a preview of my creative work.

Cost . . .

For $2 a month, you’ll receive 1 article every Monday (that’s 4 articles a month). Also, you can unsubscribe at anytime. It’s my hope you’ll become an early adopter!

If you’re not interested in paying for a subscription to my essays and articles, don’t worry. I’ll still be posting content here on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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1 Nick B. @ weekday.zen January 21, 2011

That brings up an interesting point about the word “success.” I’d imagine the definitions vary wildly from person-to-person.

I think the general Western concept of success is wealth, status and power.

Shouldn’t “success” be the state of being in which you find the most meaning in your life?

2 Tammy January 21, 2011

@Nick – I agree. Personally, I think we need a new narrative surrounding success because the current story (one that’s focused on the accumulation of wealth, status and power) isn’t making people very happy. And I think this is where simplicity is so important. By slowing down, more folks will have the time and energy to figure out what makes their life meaningful.

Thanks for reading! :)

3 Gena January 22, 2011

Tammy,
When my busy friday gives way to a slower Saturday morning your site is one of the first I choose to go to after I deal with any emails and comments on my own. I so appreciate your consistency in finding gems to share with your readers. You have turned me on to so many great websites and blogs, people I now keep up and interact with. Thank you. We live a pretty remote life right now and it helps us feel a bit more connected to follow the suggestions of someone that after reading their blog for such a lengthy period of time, you begin to view as a friend; at the very least as a like minded individual you respect. So kudos to Rowdy Kittens this Saturday; particularly enjoyed the “real” creative spaces, (how often mine is my bed propped up with pillows, laptop and coffee, as now, I’ve lost count!) And the living kitchen! Oh…now if I can just figure out how to fit a small version into our little house dream plans, I’m set! Have a great weekend! :)

4 Tammy January 23, 2011

@Gena – thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. :)

5 John Hayden January 23, 2011

I didn’t start out with this as a career goal, but my entire life has been an unintentional exercise in nonprofitability. The result so far is: I’m alive (and healthier than many of my contemporaries), unburdened by the weight of wealth and possessions, and living each day in relative peace and happiness. I’m still studying up on the elusive art of joyfulness and complete acceptance.

In the end, I think the only thing anyone ever does in life that matters is to raise children, and/or help and care for any other human being.

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