simple matters series, part two.

October 20, 2016

simple matters series, part two | reading my tea leaves

I’m so excited to announce that I’m gearing up to launch a second iteration of the Simple Matters series that I ran last fall in advance of my book release. Next week, I’ll publish the first in a series of interviews I’ve conducted with other simplicity seekers over the course of the past weeks and months and I couldn’t be more excited to share them in this space.

Like last time, there will be stories from city folk and country folk. Stories from families with little kids, older kids, and no kids at all. Stories from people who have been on the road and from those who are engaged in the hard work of making a home right where they are.

In a moment when it feels like we’re being made more and more aware of the differences between us, I’m hoping that the series will provide a bit of a respite, a bit of inspiration, and a bit of camaraderie; that the stories might demonstrate how we can opt for simplicity, even in the midst of complexity and how, in our own quiet and purposeful ways, we can make a difference in our own lives and within our own homes that might also impact the wider world. simple matters series | reading my tea leaves

In case you missed any of the stories from last year, here they are:

Simple Matters 01: Chelsea Fuss

Simple Matters 02: Kate Oliver

Simple Matters 03: Camille Storch

Simple Matters 04: Courtney Adamo

Simple Matters 05: Carmella Rayone

Simple Matters 06: Rachael Ringenberg

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  • Reply Anna October 20, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Loved the first series so much! Definitely brightened my day! x

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

      So glad to hear it!

  • Reply Veronica October 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love this!

  • Reply SEM October 20, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I had forgotten about these interviews! I look forward to re-reading them!

    Very excited about your next Simple Matters venture.


    • Reply Erin Boyle October 20, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Thanks, I’m excited too!

  • Reply Inga October 20, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I’m glad this series is back. I really loved it the last time.

  • Reply Janice October 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Happy to see you revive this series!

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

      So nice to hear!

  • Reply Roxanne October 20, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I was hoping you might bring this series back at some point! Can’t wait! xo

  • Reply Alexandra October 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I really hate to be “that person,” but I would love to know where the overalls in the picture are from! They are perfect.

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 20, 2016 at 11:54 am

      They’re a pair of toddler overalls from Carhartt. Indestructible!

      • Reply Alexandra October 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

        Thank you! I have a son a couple months younger than your daughter and this is perfect for him. I appreciate it.

      • Reply Grace Kim October 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm

        So excited for the series comeback, Erin! My little guy is also not that far behind Faye. 🙂 Thanks so much – this company looks like they make some great hardwearing basics!

        I’m curious, though, how things like overalls work with potty training?? Can Faye pull them off/on by herself, or do you guys just help her?

        PS. I also just wanted to say thanks so much for your brave, raw honesty in your last newsletter. I can’t tell you how comforting and refreshing it is to also hear about the nitty gritty and rough/sad times. I believe it took courage to do so. So, thanks for that. 😉

        • Reply Erin Boyle October 21, 2016 at 9:38 am

          Thanks for so many kind words! Overalls are definitely tricky when you’re potty training! Faye’s been out of diapers since March so she’s pretty great about letting us know when she has to pee and she still needs help with getting up onto regular-sized toilets so she just asks for help with the overalls. But overall (ha!) pants and shirts are easier than overalls for newly trained kiddos!

          • Mary Kate October 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

            Thanks for mentioning the newsletter, I’d missed it last week! Echoing Grace’s sentiments–I love that you’re so outspoken about this important election.

          • Grace Kim October 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

            Thank you! 🙂

    • Reply Kim October 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Haha… I was going to say/ask the same thing Alexandra! They are so adorable.

  • Reply Libby October 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I love this so much. I just really love your blog in general. I find so much inspiration and reminders and ideas for how to cultivate simplicity in my every day life. I love hearing it from others, too. 🙂

    • Reply Erin Boyle October 20, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Thanks so much, Libby!

  • Reply Helen October 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Can’t wait for more!

    My husband and I live on the road—so, on the off-chance you’re looking for more interviewees, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to speak.


  • Reply Camila October 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Ooooohhh I CANNOT wait for it!

  • Reply EMac October 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Perfect timing because we need inspiration in our house to STOP, SLOW DOWN, and just starting being mindful of the present. Can’t keep up with the fast pace of the world right now…

  • Reply Emily October 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Amazing – love the series. Thanks Erin!

  • Reply Heather October 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Aw! I’m looking forward to this!

  • Reply Kris October 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Yes! Loved the first series (which I’m going to revisit!) Can’t wait to slow down, and yet still be motivated,with the second series. Thanks Erin! Have a beautiful weekend!

  • Reply Mary Kate October 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Loved this series the first time around–can’t wait!

  • Reply Mun October 23, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Looking forward to the interviews. I’m indulging in the previous one at the moment 🙂

  • Reply Kirsten February 27, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This is so awesome. I would love to work on simplifying my life.


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