Essentialism: From metaphor to manifestation!

by midlifecrisisqueen on August 31, 2014

I always find it interesting when I discover that I have done something in my life LONG BEFORE I learned what it’s called. That’s me!  Always ahead of the trends…

essentialismThese days there is a new philosophy called essentialism.  The main idea here is, doing less is the best way to do what really matters.  Greg McKeown has come up with this idea which he explains in his new book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

The metaphor he likes to use to describe how to pursue less is to clean your closet.  Explore and eliminate all non-essentials in your life so you can then get down to the best use for the rest of your life.  Free yourself up, so you can make your highest contribution to the world.

These are all similar conclusions I arrived at in the spring of 2004 when I lost my job, and then decided to change everything.  I called my experience a ‘midlife crisis’ and thus crowned myself the ‘Midlife Crisis Queen’ in 2007.  Apparently that’s an uncool term these days…

Whatever you call it, the experience is hitting bottom in your life so that you then see the need to change your priorities. First I did as described by essentialism, I evaluated where I stood, eliminated a career that did not interest me anymore, and then executed a plan to find a new lifestyle and a new and improved career, one which better utilized my skills and interests.

Here’s the cool part though!  Mike and I took essentialism one step further this summer, before we even knew the word!  We LITERALLY cleaned our closets, sold most of our stuff, and our house in suburbia.  We escaped our old lifestyle completely!

We have manifested ‘essentialism’ into a new world for ourselves.  If you’d like to know more about how that’s done, check out my book: Find YOUR Reason to Be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife.

And stick around to find out how it all works out for these two rebellious middle-Boomers, the NEW OLD FARTS!



Great Places to Eat, Sleep, and Play in Southern Colorado

by midlifecrisisqueen on August 30, 2014

You know the stereotype about small towns, how they only have mediocre motels and restaurants. Well I beg to differ…

DSCF0733Twenty minutes west of I-25 off exit 52 (Walsenburg) and then out Highway 160, you will find a small, lovely mountain town that is just about as friendly as possible, and BTW, La Veta has the best scenery and a few of the best places in the world to stay, eat, and play!

We happened into the Next Door Deli  (just west of Main on Francisco Street) last winter when we came down to scope out some land to buy to build a solar home down here.  Who knew that I would find the best Reuben sandwich ever in La Veta, Colorado?

And friendly?  This place convinced a fairly skeptical me to seriously consider moving here. When we walked in the deli last January we knew nobody.  Within ten minutes we were talking to everybody in the place, including the owners who also moved here from Fort Collins!

DSCF0730This summer they expanded their restaurant into a beautiful space called “The OutPost” at the corner of Main and Francisco with a cool, flower-filled back patio.

Check out their great reviews and then visit them this fall, the best part of the year down here!

Then you will need a beautiful place to stay in La Veta to fully absorb this great example of southern Colorado beauty and hospitality.

DSCF0751I can highly recommend Two Fox Cabins!  We stayed there a few times this past winter and spring as we prepared to move down here.  Get to know Pat and Doug, they will treat you right, but call ahead, they are very busy in the summer and fall!

In autumn, La Veta has a traditional Octoberfest celebration on the first Saturday in October. They shut down Main Street and have a great party in the streets of their town.  We happened onto the celebration last October and were pleasantly surprised!

One thing I have had to get used to is just how darn friendly everyone is here. I can tell I’ve been living “just enough for the city” for far too long, because I am having a little trouble adjusting to the friendliness here!  Worst things have happened…

North LakeAfter being in town for awhile, you may want to take a drive on the Highway of Legends south of La Veta, to see a few nice high country lakes and some incredible volcanic-inspired geology.

County roads are our favorite pastime as we commute back to our rental in Walsenburg.

Preparations are in the works to build a passive solar home in the foothills west of here!



Find new meaning… I can help!

August 27, 2014

Do you often wonder what’s next for you?  Are your priorities changing, but you’re just not sure what holds the most meaning now? A new study found that those who felt purpose, added years to their life: “Our findings point to the fact that finding a direction for life, and setting overarching goals for what [...]

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How to stop expecting the worst

August 25, 2014

Perhaps you can relate… Do you have that sneaky sense that something bad is about to happen?  If something good happens, do you then wonder what scary thing may be waiting for you just around the corner? I’m not sure where this feeling comes from, but I do know how pervasive it is in our [...]

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Country Road Photos

August 23, 2014

For reasons I still don’t comprehend, my newer blog loads large photos better than this one… Please go over there now to see my photos from our drive home this morning!

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Life is full of surprises [and delays]

August 19, 2014

OK, I know I wrote on July 9th  “full speed ahead on our solar home.” Life and our county building inspector (yes, there’s only one for the entire county!) had other plans… Yesterday we finally received our building permit.  For the first time ever, they had ten house plans ahead of us, and, of course [...]

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