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good life – by melanie mauer


Part of cultivating a good life is practicing simplicity.

Life felt a little too crowded (that can happen even with good things!) a few years ago. I started studying simplicity. Reading books like Simplicity Parenting (which is wonderful!!), and most anything with simple in the title, really. The word called to me. I wanted to focus on the essential. The best of life.

Just think, what would your week look like if you only put in that which was essential and would matter long term?

Like a magpie gathering things for her nest, I’ve been trying on various ideas to see what’s a fit for our family. Tossing out what didn’t work, gleaning as much as possible from what did.

And the result is beautiful – a little more margin in most of [let’s keep it real] our days.

How often have you come across this quote?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Just like we appreciate a well-designed object or building, I’ve come to love that same attention to how a week can feel. Simplicity looks different for everyone – but it’s easy enough to start today, Sunday – my most favorite simple day of the week!

Photo taken by Melanie Mauer. Location: Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill


Note from Becky

I first met Melanie on a very cold December day in 2002 – just over 11 years ago. I don’t recall how I heard about this talented photographer, but I reached out to her and invited her to come to our home (at the time) in Cleveland, Ohio, to photograph our new little family of three. She traveled from Kentucky for the occasion.

Porter was our first-born child and Melanie was the first actual professional photographer who captured us as a family – so she is part of our story. And she did not disappoint. I will forever treasure those images. I will also be forever impressed by Melanie as a person. I was – and still am – sincerely touched by the way she cultivates a good life and by the way she blesses the lives of so many others not only through sharing her talents, but also because of her gentle nature.

Other links to check out if you want to see more from Melanie:  blog  |  instagram  |  facebook  |  twitter


10 Responses

  1. Donna M says:

    I love these words. Simplicity was my OLW last year and had a profound effect on me. I feel I’m still working at it, or at least thinking about it, every day.

  2. I enjoyed reading what Melanie Mauer thinks and feels about Simplicity. I have started living life with simplicity,in part because I had to. At first I was adverse to doing so until I realized the beauty in seeing and living a life full of clean and simple. I love the photo that Melanie took at Shaker Village. It is so beautiful. I have taken many photos at the Shaker Village that is just 3 miles up the road from me. Living the Shaker life is an inspiration of the simple times gone by. It is the place that I go to frequently when I want to relax and enjoy the beauty, peace and simplicity. :)

    Mary from NH

  3. dawn says:

    What a great post, love anything that has to do with simple. Enjoyed reading more at her blog too! Thanks so much Becky!

  4. I love Melanie’s spirit! Thank goodness for her light shining in this world. Thank you for hosting her piece. A beautiful, gentle reminder. It made me glance over my shoulder at the view of my office (looking nothing like the photo above)!

  5. Amy Johnson says:

    What is remarkable about Melanie is how thoughtful and pure-hearted she is. She truly has a love for all those she meets and it seems everyone is impressed with her. She truly touches your heart and helps you see the world from a brighter perspective. She inspires you to try out her perspective. My life has been blessed by crossing paths with her when I live in KY ten years ago.

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