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How to Live a Simpler Life (Podcast #26 with Courtney Carver)

An Action Plan for Dreamers is a weekly 20-minute podcast where we provide practical and actionable advice about what it takes to create the life you crave. It’s short enough to listen on your commute or coffee break and contains practical steps you can take to move closer to your dream life.

“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Courtney Carver

Show Notes

Lots of people think minimalism and simplicity means giving everything up to live in a stark place. The vision is one of deprivation, and it’s part of the reason you might be reluctant to explore it. But simplicity really boils down to focus – focus on the kind of life you want to live and the possessions, activities, and relationships you need to make it happen.

When you know what you want, simplicity is the most direct path to get it. 

In today’s show, we’re discussing how to live a more simple life, no matter how many possessions you own. Simplicity is just another word for focus, and today’s expert is going to show us how to get more of it.

Courtney Carver started Be More with Less in 2010 to document how simplicity was changing her life. 18 months later she left a 15+ year career in advertising and marketing to focus on helping others live a simpler life and do work they love. She’s one of our favorite simplicity experts on the Internet, and today she’s going to share how simplicity can enhance your life (and explain why simplicity is probably not what you think it is).

Listen to the Episode

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Coming Up

Stay tuned for next week, where we’ll be discussing the importance of flexibility in your dreams. We’ll be sharing how our dream has morphed over time and chatting with visionary Srinivas Rao about how the surprises he’s had since creating the life he craves.

Until next time, remember to take the first step and keep on moving.

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About Warren

Warren is passionate about trying new things and willing to say yes to a new adventure. He enjoys sharing his adventures through his love of photography. Warren finds that the most rewarding part of traveling the world is the people he meets and discoveries made through conversations. Travel fills his desire to learn more each day about the world around us and what drives other people to be happy. Drop him an email at wtalbot (at) marriedwithluggage (dot) com and feel free to check out his Google+ page.


  1. I’m a new listener and I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and love the concept of simplifying life. It sounds so much more do-able than “minimalism.” I have started down this road before but always ended up in minimalism blogs and teachings. “How to Live with 59 things”, “How to Live With Under 50 Things” etc. etc. The focus is still on stuff!

    I like your approach to simple living. Focus on the “living” part. Enjoy life, reduce what you don’t need to further enjoy life.

    Thanks for the program!

    • Hi Don, great to hear from you. We believe that focusing on simplicity, and what that means to each of us, is the key to creating the life your crave. There is no one answer or prescription for “X number of possessions” equals happiness. However, we do feel strongly that eliminating what is not working to create more simplicity will open up the possibilities to see more of what you do want.


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