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Packing Light

Learn how, unfulfilled by a career-focused life, Colin armed himself with the business tools that modern technology provides and set out on the road. Scaled down and simplified, Colin sought to determine how he might focus on the vital things, a journey he happily shares via his books and blog and by choosing his destinations based on reader votes.

Unchained Melodies

Grammy and Emmy nominee Philip Aaberg discusses his decision to trade a fast-paced, high-flying music career in California for the open serenity of his Montana hometown and how this change left him inspired and able to focus on creating music that “feeds the soul”. Philip is a great example of how one’s surroundings can influence art and contentment.

Wilderness and Freedom

In this short, 8-minute video, learn how and why Matt Graham, a Southern California native, became one of the great modern-day hunter-gatherers and how the lessons of his wanderings and wilderness survival skills and experiences apply to your world. Matt is truly an extraordinary example of a unique and fulfilled life.

The Art of Staying Connected

Can you imagine living without commercial products or food? For Aram Barsch, his skills as a hunter, craftsman, and farmer allow him to do just that. Aram and his father, Wulf, a former refugee who learned to live alone for much of his childhood, discuss what it’s like to connect to the land and independently provide for themselves.

Beauty of Self-Sufficiency

Wulf Barsch von Benedikt is an internationally recognized artist, accomplished university professor, and organically-minded farmer currently living in south-central Utah. He was born in 1943 in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. On account of the Cold War, Wulf was extracted from his family when he was 6 years old...

Simple Stories;Complex Time

(Article by LifeEdited; Oct. 2014) Like many evangelists, Scott Edwards was once a heathen. In this case, his heathen ways involved the socially-acceptable, hard-charging, money-making, fast-car-driving, big-home-dwelling life of a Bay Area entrepreneur. After having an epiphany in the Utah desert, Scott realized his way of life...

Gourmet Gone Rugged

Find out how Blake Spalding and Jen Castle opened a thriving gourmet restaurant and organic farm in one of the most isolated places in the continental U.S. Blake discusses how the rugged landscape influences the restaurant (including the name, Hell’s Backbone Grill) and what she says is their secret to success.

Confection Connection

When Blake Spalding moved to Boulder, Utah, in the year 2000 to open Hell’s Backbone Grill with her business partner Jen Castle, her mission was simple: make people happy. But as straightforward as the concept sounds, for Blake—a practicing Buddhist for twenty years—it’s also the guiding principle of her life.

Story of Maybe

British-born writer/philosopher Alan Watts tells an ancient parable about a Chinese farmer and his relationship with consequence and fortune. This beautifully animated, 2-minute video’s message, thought to be of Taoist origin, is one that still resonates with modern society and modern life. A wonderful example of when one door closes, another opens.

Each Day a New Journey

Leo Le Bon sliced through Berkeley's Tilden Regional Park, his silvery gray hair streaming out the back of his bike helmet as he pedaled past a cyclist. A short time later the other rider, who was 52, caught up with Le Bon and realized with some astonishment that the man who had overtaken him was a lot older than he was. (SF Gate, July 2014)

Less is More

Internet entrepreneur Graham Hill reveals ways to live small in the heart of the big city. The founder of Siteworks, Treehugger, and LifeEdited, Graham redefines “the simple life” with his ultra-efficient urban abodes, gives examples of ways to make use of shared resources, and provides simple tips for downsizing your home—and budget.

Stuff Your Stuff

“What’s in the box?” Graham asked, as he sauntered out onto the warmly lit stage and plopped down onto a nondescript, large brown packing box. His red sneakers, which matched the glowing red “TED” letters behind him, tapped twice with anticipation as he smirked, leaned in, and looked out to the audience for a reaction.

Bowhunting 101

When training to venture out into the wilderness for three months and survive alone with only some basic tools, learning the skills of hunting and gathering are imperative. In this segment, Scott discusses his training and how hunting serves as a spiritual connection with the land and an exercise in gratitude.

Enlightened Nourishment

When you think of hunting, what comes to mind? For some Americans, hunting season means camouflage, guns, bows, and time in the woods with buddies. For others, the idea of killing an animal—for sport or food—makes them cringe. In contrast to these common perceptions, I’m learning how to hunt because I want to explore the spiritual aspects...

Moving Out; Moving On

Scott says goodbye to his 4,800-square-foot home of 13 years as he plans to downsize and share resources and a roof with his mother. In this segment, Scott discusses how he and his family handled the difficult yet liberating transition as well as how this change affects the next steps in his journey towards simplification.

Simple is Hard

Getting simple is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. While selling our family’s 4,800-square-foot home of thirteen years gave me the much-wanted freedom to downsize and simplify my living space, this exciting next step in my journey came with its own set of difficulties. Our family moved from California…

Feet in the Dirt

A Vanderbilt graduate, Kirsten Rechnitz left her research to lead a rich, fulfilled life as an artist, author, and primitive skills instructor—and even competed as a finalist on the reality TV show Capture. Discover how Kirsten made the transition from academia to natural living and nurtures a deeper connection with the land.

I Love to Walk

One foot in front of the other, Kirsten Rechnitz crossed the Mexican state of Chiapas and into Yucatán, climbing up pyramids, temples and ruins and meeting people from the ancient cultures that built them. Home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, and Chinkultic, Chiapas presented a wealth of anthropological topics...

Do I Really Need It?

Lawn. Dining room. Cupboards. Are they really necessary? These are all things many take for granted in their home. In this segment, Scott weighs the benefits of common suburban fixtures against the time and space it takes to maintain them and hopes to answer the question, “do I need (or even want) a white picket fence.”

White Picket Fence

Moving from one home to another often gives us the opportunity to reflect, to replay our memories as we pack up our things and prepare for the next steps. The last two moves I have made were significant in my journey to simplification and greater connection with nature. It all started one day while I was driving with a business associate…

Living under the Sky

Scott Edwards founded Me Simple to showcase stories from everyday people who have become extraordinary examples of fulfilled lives. Learn how he got started and why he hopes Me Simple will become a valuable resource for people seeking proven paths to simplicity, gratitude, and a deep connection with nature.

Scott's Journey

Scott Edwards founded Me Simple to showcase stories from everyday people who have become extraordinary examples of fulfilled lives. Learn how he got started and why he hopes Me Simple will become a valuable resource for people seeking proven paths to simplicity, gratitude, and a deep connection with nature.

Simple Living Manifesto

A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. (Zen Habits Blog by Leo Babauta, September 2007)

The Nature Cure

Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. But there is a simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress—and even prevent cancer. (Outside Magazine; Dec. 2012)

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