How to Be More With Less With Courtney Carver

“There is a great synergy between less and more”

This is how Courtney Carver sees the power of simplicity and how you can be more with less.

I believe she is a simple living guru, but she believes that she is still an aspiring minimalist.

At her blog Be more with less, she writes about simplifying your life and really living. There, you can learn how to create a life with more savings and less or no debt, more health and less stress, more time and less stuff, and more joy with less obligation.

Courtney is my guest for the third episode of The Midway Simplicity Show.

In this show, I’m going to invite simple living advocates to share with you a few tips to simplify the 5 most important aspects of your life, which are: Time, Health, Things, Finances and Relationships.

NOTE: If you want to have an overview of the guiding principles of the Midway Simplicity blog, you can read this pillar post: If Simple Living Is a Game, These Are The Rules (aka The Midway Simplicity Manifesto)

In this episode, you’re going to learn:

  1. How to stop saying yes to everything.
  2. How to sleep enough and why it is so important.
  3. What is the first thing you need to do to start owning less stuff (it is not about organizing)?
  4. What is the best way to simplify your finances? (this one is critical)
  5. How to proactively make your relationships better (a simple action that can change someone else’s day).

Enjoy watching this episode (13 minutes)

I hope you enjoyed the show.

Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. 

Thank you very much Courtney for the useful tips that you shared with us in the third episode of The Midway Simplicity Show. Looking forward to having you again.


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15 Responses to How to Be More With Less With Courtney Carver

  1. Lorinda May 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I liked the idea of a clutter free zone as both a sanctuary and inspiration for the rest of the home.

    • Mohamed Tohami May 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      I agree, Lorinda. Start small and build the momentum as you go. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Lori May 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    I like the idea of having a clutter free zone that you can take sanctuary in and use as an inspiration to the rest of your home. One zone at a time, then maybe connect the spaces by clearing everything in between.

  3. Lori May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    Sorry about the double comment, my cat is helping me.

  4. Jane May 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    The video segments of your blog have quickly become one of the highlights of my week & I really look forward to a new video!
    Lots of great info from Courtney & I concur with her about getting enough sleep. Too many folks are kicking that can down the street & mental exhaustion & lack-of-sleep fatigue will eventually catch up with you in all the wrong ways such as irritability, poor decisions, etc.
    Thanks again Mohamed for another interesting & insightful video! Jane

    • Mohamed Tohami May 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      Oh! You made my day. Thanks a lot for your kind feedback. I hope I can always deliver something useful to you and to the readers of Midway Simplicity.

      Enough quality sleep is vital for our overall well-being. I totally agree with you.

  5. Whisper May 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    For those of us with either crappy download speeds or unable to download video for whatever reason (cough, cough, work), would it be possible for you to supply a transcription of your interviews?

    I like where you are going with this site, and am looking forward to seeing what you bring us next.

    • Mohamed Tohami May 23, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Hi Whisper,

      I received this request several times and I’m going to compile the interviews in an ebook for easy reading. What do you think?

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      • Whisper May 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

        I’m enough of a child of the computer age to prefer the instant gratification of having the transcript with each interview, but a collection of them would be pretty cool as well.


        • Mohamed Tohami May 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

          Thanks Whisper. I will work on the ebook as soon as I’ve 10 episodes :)

  6. Kimberley May 24, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    Enjoyed your latest Midway Simplicity show. I have always believed that “less is more” and have strived to choose “quality over quantity” in my purchases. In the long run, I believe that we are more satisfied, and enjoy our things more when we adopt this philosophy.

    • Mohamed Tohami May 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Quality over quantity is a very important choice indeed. Unfortunately, so many people think that frugality is against quality.

  7. Online Gym Classes December 13, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    I agree Kimberly! Less is definitely more! Once we all take on this mindset, life will become much easier!


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