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Welcome to the MeSimple library! Whether it’s written words, videos, quick tips, or inspiring imagery, we hope you find something here that helps you on your journey to simplification and a deeper connection with nature. This Library gets updated almost daily. Check back often and see what’s new.
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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.

Real Connections, Digital Age

Younger generations have grown up connected to technology, a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. In this segment, 16-year-old Jenna Edwards shares her insights on the ways today’s youth chooses to connect and what it means to have a tangible, memorable experience in the age of social media.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.