Category Archives: Less is More: Living Minimally and Simply

When we consciously choose to live with less, designing our lives around simplicity, minimalism, and intention, we learn, paradoxically, that less is more.

The 20-Hour Work Week

Around December last year, I realized that I wanted to plan ahead for the year differently. I was tired of pushing for “more,” and feeling like I was spinning my wheels trying to do a hundred things at once. Instead, over a series of notebook pages, I started to sketch out where my time was going, and what I was truly working on.

The results shocked me — and they made me rethink how I set up my business in 2018.

Last week I had the chance to sit down with two amazing people, Kate Northrup and Mike Watts, on their podcast all about life, entrepreneurship, business, and babies. They are some of the most thoughtful and curious people I know, and I joined them to talk about how my planning process for 2018 changed how I think about my work, and where my energy is going.

On the show, we talked about:

  • How my workload changed dramatically and why I started a “do not do” list for 2018.
  • How many hours I truly have in a week to work, and the process I used to come up with the number.
  • The revelations I realized about my schedule.
  • What it means to plan ahead for both business and babies.
  • My renewed focus on consistency and simplicity.

Also, we chat a bit about my swim from Alcatraz (back in the day!) and how my husband ended up taking my last name. I really enjoyed the show, here’s a link for you to listen in.

Episode 74: The 20-Hour Workweek: Sarah Kathleen Peck from Startup Pregnant

And if you’d like to read through more on the process I used to cut back on 50% of my workload, here’s a link to my round-up post about it over on Startup Pregnant: Here’s The System I Used To Cut My Workload By 50% This Year.

Why I am Choosing to Email Slowly

I am by choice a slow emailer, and it often takes me a week or two to respond to messages. Sometimes longer. I think to myself, You do not really want me to be a fast emailer. Why do you want me to email quickly? Do you want me to sit at my desk, furiouslyRead the article

Social Media Summer Sabbatical

I’m taking a short break from social media this summer (from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). I’m on pause through the month of July and already enjoying it immensely. My plan is to take a social media sabbatical for a month. Why I decided to do it: I’ve collected a bad habit of reading and scrolling—theRead the article

12 Unusual Things to Clean, Organize, and Sort — To Let Go of The Past & Prepare For the New

A few months ago, I started cleaning out unusual things. One bright Saturday morning, I woke to spent the day obsessively cleaning. Not frantically, and not hyperactively. But I did move steadily from one thing to the next, surprising myself with how much I could clean and how much these small, little things were callingRead the article

Why quitting is perfectly okay.

It’s always the same story for me: I start a project, a class, an idea, or a story. I eagerly rush in, align my pencils, lay out my notebooks, and make delirious plans in my calendar. That first day, ideas and dreams pour out of me. Then four days pass. I waver, tired. My calendarRead the article

Packing light: how we traveled for 3 weeks across Europe (and got on stage!) with only small backpacks.

If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s carrying an over-packed wheely suitcase through crowded subways and city streets up four flights of stairs after a long day of traveling. Between being cramped in an overnight flight across the Atlantic, negotiating the limited quarters of overhead bin space, and standing sleepy-eyed at the baggage claim carousel, I’m shakingRead the article

Why is Moving So Hard? The Struggle to Lighten Up, Give Up, Let Go

“Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” — William Morris. Everything changes. I just emptied an apartment full of furniture, things, stories, and stuff. I carried couches, desks, and pieces of furniture up and down (and up and down) many flights of stairs across hillyRead the article

Why Are Stories so Important?

The world is overcrowded with information. We’re wired to tell stories because it’s how we make sense of the world around us. Stories let us distill large, complex ideas and important messages into sticky, memorable pieces that we can carry forward with us in our minds. In the absence of a person or a phenomenon,Read the article

A Little Note on Letting Go

Clear your plate. Let go of things that don’t serve you. That don’t inspire you. Give up things that aren’t working. Release. Let out a deep sigh. Pause. Inhale. Exhale. Take a shower. Dunk in a waterfall. Wash it clean, letting water drip down around you, pour over your head. Feel the world rinse you off, like aRead the article

The Celebration Jar: An Alternative to Meaningless Gift-Giving

I splurged and went shopping recently. Like, real shopping–whatever “real” means. (Isn’t the act of spending a day inside of a privately-owned mall slightly strange?) I did things I hadn’t done in years. Wandered through big-box stores, large crowds, jingly Santa Clauses, screaming children, and wafting Cinnabon flavorings fuming into the crowded halls to makeRead the article