Travel theme: Simplify

The first week of August is Simplify Your Life week, and it’s always good to be reminded that life doesn’t have to be so complicated. With a nod to the week that’s in it, I just got through re-reading Henry David Thoreau’s study on simple living, Walden. (It’s available free on Wikisource here.) When I first though about using Simplify for the travel theme, my mind flew to this photo taken along Salmon La Sac Creek in the North Cascades – how better to simplify your life than to spend quality time doing something you love with your best friend?

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Another method of simplifying is to embrace minimalism. It doesn’t get much more minimalistic or more beautiful than a Zen garden like this one at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

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One of the easiest ways to simplify is to eliminate distractions and that works for photography too. A single subject can make for a pleasing composition.

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The main goal of simplifying your life is to rid yourself of the inessential in order to make room for what is important to you. I’m working on creating space to do more writing so am carving out chunks of time with no tv or radio to distract and no phone or email to interrupt. What would you do with more space and time? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Simplify
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hoffman

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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122 Responses to Travel theme: Simplify

  1. aj vosse says:

    I tell you what… some years ago I was fortunate to see David Fabricius pass on motivational advice. He likened our lives to a glass… full to the top with stones and sand. The 5 stones signified, health, family, faith, and I can’t remember the others offhand… the sand signified clutter, the non essentials.

    The moral of the story, if you try to pour the essence of life into your life’s glass, the water misses and overflows as there is no space left in the glass!

    Chuck it out… start again by simplifying!! Replace the stones and only the things of value and you’ll be amazed how much space is left to fill with the water of life!!

    Have a great weekend, I hope you’rs is a long one too!!! 😉

  2. Great post and great message. It is amazing what trimming the excess does to your ability to enjoy a moment. Thanks for the great read!

  3. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great theme! I’m thinking…..

  4. Here is my entry for this week’s challenge: http://wp.me/p24idL-2go

  5. Great theme, Ailsa! Especially since I’ve been thinking and working on it pretty much all of this year. I will let the theme “ferment” a bit and then create a post. Thanks for the idea.

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  10. Heyjude says:

    Simple pleasures in life: http://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/travel-theme-simplify/
    Hope your goals work out. I definitely need to sort out my life!
    Have a great weekend Ailsa 🙂
    Jude xx

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh how perfect, Jude, simply beautiful, the gentle clatter of woods, how evocative. Have a great weekend too, and here’s to sorting things out! xxx

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  12. Marcy says:

    I love planning adventurous excursions when I travel; equally important, though, is to have plenty of downtime to just wander around or sit and watch the world go by: http://www.tootimidandsqueamish.com/2014/08/travel-theme-simplify/
    I included photos from Amsterdam, Morocco, Greece, Thailand, and Peru

    • ailsapm says:

      I agree, Marcy, having some unplanned time when you travel makes for wonderful discoveries. Those swans are fabulous, and I love the alpaca wool shot too! xxx Ailsa

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  15. DagEnDauw says:

    Your last two pictures are truly jewels…

    As light and dark are simply indespensible for a photograph,
    here ‘s my take on the theme of this week, Ailsa an backpack friends

    http://lanterfanteren.blogspot.com/2014/08/simplify.html
    Have a great weekend, all of you!

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  21. Francesca says:

    Great theme to contemplate Ailsa- all your photos are so fitting. Here’s mine,
    http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/travel-theme-simplify/

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  27. ideflex says:

    Summer is the simplest time of all – please have a look at
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  30. Aw, I love the man and his dog in the bright blue boat, Alisa! My move to simplify is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/08/02/weekly-travel-theme-simplify/

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  34. Leya says:

    Love this one, Ailsa! And your entries – lovely, my pick is your first shot. Inspired me!
    http://wp.me/p1hCI2-3Dm

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  37. pommepal says:

    Travel, especially long time travel is the ultimate way to simplify your life. I’ll be watching for that book. http://pommepal.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/travel-theme-simplify

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