Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week #8: Donation, Happiness, Shopping, and More

Welcome to a new edition of the Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week.


  1. Don’t store your credit card information with online shopping sites. Here’s why…
  2. Donate something today.
  3. “Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb (simplify slowly, but consistently)
  4. “The person you are today is directly related to the five people you spend the most time with and your role models.” – Ryan Nicodemus
  5. Read Tammy Strobel’s new book You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap). This is THE best simple living book I’ve read so far.
  6. Buy local whenever possible.
  7. Create a grocery list and STICK to it.
  8. Simplifying (i.e. eliminating the unnecessary) will help you discover what makes you really happy.
  9. When you shop, set a deadline of when you will get out of the store. This will decrease the chances of dawdling and buying things you don’t need. I learned this from Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar.
  10. Try to disconnect from any ‘screen’ during the weekends.

What is your favorite tip of the week? Have more tips to share?


Midway Simplicity Ebook Update

I would like to give you a quick update on the status of the Midway Simplicity ebook you asked for.

This is the ebook that summarizes all the tips that were shared during the Midway Simplicity shows so far.

The ebook is 80% complete. The only two remaining steps are editing/proofreading and cover design. If you would like to help with any of these tasks, please email me. In return, you’ll get a free copy of the ebook, and also all the audio and video recordings of the episodes to read, listen or watch on your favorite mobile device.

The estimated launch date of the ebook is early December 2012.

Stay tuned!

And thanks a lot for your support during the development phase of the ebook concept.


* Photo Credit: by Flavio Alagia

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11 Responses to Midway Simplicity Tips of The Week #8: Donation, Happiness, Shopping, and More

  1. Dan Garner November 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I agree that Tammy’s book, You Can Buy Happiness, is the best that I’ve read in a while.

    My favorite tip this week is to buy local. Good sustainability tip.

    Dan @ ZenPresence

    • Mohamed Tohami November 17, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

      Great! I’m glad you liked this book too. Buying local is healthy on a personal level as well as economical level

  2. Jane November 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    #8 Simplifying (i.e. eliminating the unnecessary) will help you discover what makes you really happy.

    #8 really resonated with me, but prior to me having decluttered, I wouldn’t have understood what that statement meant. If anything, I would have thought it was just some vague crunchy rhetoric.

    BUT, having since decluttered our home & greatly reduced the influx of new items into our home can I truly grasp what statement #8 means. In the past I made a lot of purchases to (both consciously & unconsciously) boost my morale, give me a purpose, give me a sense of control & even give me street cred to say I owned a (fillintheblank). The irony being that my excessive unnecessary purchases were doing the opposite. I was miserable.

    Eventually, my husband & I became obsessed with becoming debt-free (which we did) & ended up selling hundreds if not thousands of our possessions in order to reach our goal. Once the ball got rolling with selling off our unnecessary stuff – it literally snowballed.

    Once my energy was refocused from acquiring to culling did I finally notice the miserable blahs were no longer bothering me. Yeah sure, I didn’t wake up one morning with a new-found clarity & purpose in life, but I did notice that what I once thought necessary (& thus vital to my happiness) was now a hindrance to my happiness. Did I need 7 different whisks? My cooking abilities had neither improved nor was enhanced by owning 7 different whisks. Did I need 43 pencil skirts? I rarely (if ever) wore most of them.

    Also, with every item we decluttered what got left behind in its place was peace & quiet. Who knew clutter made noise! It’s only after you clear it out that you realize it had been full-volume blaring at you.

    Anyways, once I was no longer a servant & steward to these unnecessary items – my reward has been more money, less time cleaning & maintaining, more room to walk freely about the cabin & not run into or knock over a pile of this or a stack of that & yes – happiness.

    For me, tackling all this unnecessary clutter & succeeding has given me a pretty good sense of accomplishment & has really opened my mind to even bigger goals that prior to decluttering – I’m not so sure I would have found it possible. Dude, that’s some happiness!

    • Mohamed Tohami November 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

      That’s AWESOME Jane. Very inspiring. Thanks a lot for enriching the post with your amazing life experience. Would you like to write some guest posts on this blog and share more of your experience with our community?

      • Jane November 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

        Wow that’s super flattering! Definetely something to think about! Let me think about that for a bit & I’ll let you know!

  3. Joel Zaslofsky November 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Hey Tohami,

    I’ve had Tammy’s book in my library queue for a while and I’m excited for when I can go borrow my copy. I’m also excited for YOUR book! Early December is just around the corner, so let me know if/how I can help get the word out.

    P.S. I like tip #7 the best.

    • Mohamed Tohami November 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      You better pick it as soon as possible. It is a GREAT book. You’re one of the stars in my upcoming book. I will send you a copy once finished. Thanks a lot for your valuable contribution :)

  4. Kimberley November 17, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Colleen at 365things.com has a very simple approach to donating and decluttering in case your readers are interested. Since I found you through Colleen, I am sure you would agree.

    I’ve been doing alot of #10 being on and off island quite a bit recently.

    I just tweeted the following a few days ago…”If we disconnected from the news, commentary and the drama, would we miss it or would we love the absence of it”?

    • Mohamed Tohami November 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Colleen is an icon when it comes to physical decluttering. She is one of the stars in my upcoming book.

  5. Willow November 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    #6 and #8. We just returned from our weekly shopping trip to the local farmers market. Fresh everything. And local. It’s something we’re committed to.
    Simplicity=freedom in so many areas, not least of which is our outlook on life.

  6. Mohamed Tohami November 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Love these two phrases Willow: “Fresh Everything” and “Simplicity = Freedom”

    I can feel the taste and touch of local fresh natural food.

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