Desperately Seeking the Secrets of Simplicity.

We travelled up to Jabba the Hut yesterday morning. I read the paper in the car and got annoyed by this headline.

Still fabulous? Like what normally happens when you reach 40 is that your fabulous scale begins to slide? I can hand on my heart say that all the women I know who are about to hit 40, or are working beyond that age, just get more fabulous!

Or am I wrong. Did I use up all my fabulous and didn’t even realise it?

We drove down the hill into Jabba-land. That was pretty fabulous.

There is something that happens to me when I hit that little hamlet. I breathe out. It is quite easy to lose your shit at this time of year. People get snarky. I see it happening all the time. So the quick night away was just the tonic for us.

Jack cracked it as we arrived, so he was promptly put to bed for a much needed siesta while Harry and I wandered down the beach for a swim.

Jabba does not have wifi, or Foxtel, or other modern technologies so we make do with the beach, walks, reading, games and napping. And that is all FINE BY ME!

I ordered this book a few years ago because Oprah told me to, but had never found the time to get stuck into it before yesterday. I knocked that sucker over in 2 hours.

It is split up into chapters under the following categories:

Release * Simplify * Treasure * Focus * Invest * Discover * Thrive

I posted this photo on my instagram account and a reader, Maryanne, asked me what the book was like. I am sending it to her today, with instructions to pass it on when she is done with it.

I thought of the book again after dinner last night. The kids were complaining about washing up. Jabba is also dishwasher free but has a plentiful supply of mozzies.

I actually started the conversation with “When I was a girl…” and told them about how me and by siblings used to wash and dry up every night after dinner. And how Mum was a creative cook and used LOTS OF PANS. 

Harry rolled his eyes and said “How did you survive Mum?”

I’m putting it down to 40 years of fabulous.

Are you aiming for a more simple life?
Got any hints or tips to share on how 
one might go about it?

PS Congratulations to J’aimee Brooker who is going surfing with
  • Hi Mrs Woog thanks for the reminder to live simply! It was at fabulous 40 that I decided to get off the mad rat race and live a more simple life. My family are much happier for it! I mean money is good but it doesn’t buy hugs or time with friends and family. You can never get that time back! I know because I have a 19 year old who is barely here …..treasure those moments because soon they will be gone!

  • GSP

    Who are “they” to decide what fabulous is anyway?

    I hit 45 10 days ago. I reckon, and I know I’m not the only one, I get MORE fabulous with each wrinkle, because it means I’m smiling more and stressing less.

    We simplified our lives by decluttering. If it wasn’t worn, watched, listened to, played with or used in the last 6 months – gone. Now the only way stuff gets in, is if something goes out.

    Less to clean too – giving me more time to enjoy what I like to do.

    Gabs x

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  • I love this post! And that photo – gorgeous!

    We’ve simplified so much over the past two years. I’ve donated/sold literally thousands of things, which has been fabulous. Less cleaning,more space, more calm.

    But that’s only part of it. The best part has been simplifying my expectations of myself, the kids and my husband. It’s been a revelation! And I’m a much nicer person for it too!