Laura Stevenson is a wife, mother of three and deeply committed to living a simple life. Currently living on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia, she describes her journey to a simpler life on her blog, SimplyClearly, where she also writes frequently about intentional living, decluttering physical possessions and living simply with children. She is an advocate for balancing life with work, and owns the telecommuting job site VirtualVocations jointly with one of her siblings.
Describe your journey to a simpler or more minimal lifestyle-
My journey started with an initial move out of the U.S., which forced me to pare down my possessions. The freedom it brought led to subsequent decluttering sessions and once I came across Joshua Becker, Leo Babauta and Courtney Carver, I was converted.
What is your favorite quote?
“We are all in this together.” Relating to all of us being one human family, striving to be happy and live each day to the fullest.
Do you have a personal motto or creed that you live by?
I don’t necessarily have a written motto, but I definitely keep ‘living in the present’ in the forefront of my mind throughout my days.
From whom or what do you find inspiration?
I find those who have given the human family wisdom that has created the most positive change over time to be the most inspirational. A few that come to mind are Ghandi, Confucius and Jesus Christ.
What is the first thing you do when starting your day?
I try to start each day with drinking a glass of water, doing a 20-minute meditation and writing for at least 30 minutes about whatever comes to mind.
What is your favorite book?
In the world of minimalism, ZenHabits by Leo Babauta and Simplify by Joshua Becker definitely top my list. In other genres, Roots by Alex Haley and Follow the River by James Alexander Thom are my favorites.