Breakaway Guide To Simplifying Your Life

By: Zy Marquiez
January 17, 2016

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

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Upon musing a bit about the term ‘simplicity’ it occurred to me to search for the term “Law of Simplicity”. There were many tips on simplifying everything, and countless permutations of the idea in various ways, but no actual law [that was apparent to me] that could be easily shared. If anyone finds a solid ‘simple’ [pun intended] then please share it with us, as its pertinent to the focus of this blog.

Let’s get to the core of the issue: simplicity.

Two definitions according to dictionary.com are:

“the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.”

“freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts.”

Pretty straight forward, right?

For our purposes we will distil it one step further for the purposes of this blog and say: to keep things as simple and as practical as possible. Simple.

You must be asking yourself, why are we even talking about this topic? Great question.

Because depending on what point of view one uses, and in this case we’ll use a detached-macro point of view of society as a whole, then it’s pretty obvious people tend to complicate their lives way more than they should.

These complications seep into every aspect of an individual’s life, and end up taxing them in countless way.

Are people even cognizant of it? Some definitely are; however, many are not.

Here are what some incisive minds have stated about keeping things simple:

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
– Plato

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda

– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett

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

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding

– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

Its quite noteworthy that such individuals engaged in this particular thought process. It alludes to the importance of this topic.

Keeping the above insights in mind, what are some aspects of life that people tend to complicate?

Relationships, food, health, politics, etc.

Relationships? That should be an obvious one, and one everyone can relate too. Let’s distill this in its most simplest form.

If someone – be it a lover, friend, acquaintance, etc – in a relationship treats you like trash, all the time, or heck, most of the time, then they’re probably definitely not worth your time/energy. Bam. Simple. No excuses. Once you start justifying the erroneous actions of others as righteous [for whatever] reason, or giving them excuses, when it’s obvious they just don’t truly care [if they did, they wouldn’t be treating you like crap, all the time], you’re doing yourself a world of disservice.

It doesn’t matter if they are family or not. In fact, family members in many situations get away with everything AND the kitchen sink because they are family. Remember, putting up with their bullshit is a choice. No excuses. Keep it as simple as you wish, or as complicated.

Next on the menu, food.

Food? Why food? Because eating things that are a poor excuse for food, only makes things complicated.

If you don’t believe me, look at the epidemic of diseases that’s rampant costing hundreds of thousands of lives due to many reasons, a strong one being food. Why food? Because much of food is laden with toxins such as fluoride, aspartame, GMOs, etc. Each of those by itself can cause diseases. When taken in combination, which most people do, it’s a toxic free for all and your health is on the menu.

How to simplify this? Easy. Eat the best, most healthy food that you can. Nourish your body with that which empowers it.

Health being the most vital component in life, let’s elaborate further to be more precise.

Researching Non-Genetically modified, organic, locally grown [if possible] pesticide free food is a good great start. Making sure you drink fluoride-free water is even better.

Many can attest to the wonders of having real, nutrient-dense food like our ancestors did. A great book that talks about this is The Paleo Approach by Sarah Balantyne. Coupled with that, another outstanding book to keep in mind is Gut & Psychology Syndrome, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD. The latter book touches on the intricate complexities of the human gut system, and how that fuels disease when your microbiota has been eviscerated by processed foods.

Why is ‘going out of your way’ [as some people argue] to eat real food worth it? Because not doing it is costing millions of lives. Sugar alone, which most people have in processed foods, fuels cancer like liquors fuel parties on the weekends. It’s insane how many people don’t know the inflammatory effects of sugar. That’s only one aspect of food that causes death. There are many more ingredients beyond sugar that should be incisively contemplated.

Unfortunately, sugar has been linked to countless other diseases.

In the article, The Truth About Sugar Addiction, Dr. Mercola sheds light onto 76 different ways sugar can ruin your health.

As a wise person once said, you pay for your health now with real food, or you pay for it later with disease, money and life.

Next on the list, is health.

One might be prompted to think , ‘Didn’t we just cover health?’ From the food angle, yes. From other angles, no.

Food already dovetails quite well into health. That’s only a start. Let’s buttress the above with another point.

As said mentioned elsewhere:

If the average person spends 5-hours daily watching television, then they are probably sitting too much. Sitting too much has dire consequences for one’s health, as some of you may know.

In his article named Watching Too Much TV Linked To Early Death, Dr. Mercola elucidates best:

If you watch television for three or more hours a day, your risk of premature death is double that of someone who watches only one hour or less, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.1 The health risks of too much sedentary behavior, including too much sitting, are now widely known.” [Bold emphasis added]

If you want more information about that, please read Dr Mercola’s article cited above. It’s quite detailed and thought-provoking, if sobering.

The above information should be enough to make people contemplate deeply about the health choices they are making. Keep in mind, we’re only talking about sitting and watching TV.

Solution? Stay active. No complicated suggestions here. Just do anything that gets you moving, and bam, you’re health is better than it was if you’re remaining stagnant.

Lastly, politics.

Boy oh boy, where can’t we go here?

In interest of simplicity, let’s synthesize this to the most simplest form.

If a scoundrel politician – regardless of whatever party they are from – lies, they shouldn’t be trusted. If they are caught being bought-off by special interest, they shouldn’t be trusted. And of course, if they are caught stealing, they should not be trusted. No exceptions. What’s so hard about that?

Blind trust of those that throw y/our interests under the bus, each and every day is exactly how we got here in the first place.

When people are not held accountable, they will unleash crimes of godlike proportions. Just look at Wall Maul Street.

In a quick synopsis:

If someone treats you poorly, let them go. Eat real non-GMO organic healthy foods like our ancestors did, if not your life/health will become exponentially complicated. Quit sitting so much while watching TV & don’t trust lying crooks. Solid advice, right?

Simple.

To finalize, within the confines of this blog, ‘the law of simplicity’ will be used to denote instances where we will be making issues as simple as possible for the individual. In such a way, life will be much easier to navigate through, and things that used to be chaotic will literally crumble right before your eyes. Many have reaped these rewards. It’s time for everyone else to do so as well.

The only thing left is making the choice.

Make your life as simple as you wish, or as complicated.

The choice is yours.

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth

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Sources & References:

The Breakaway Guide To Fluoride
The Breakaway Guide To Aspartame
Growing Doubt – A Scientist’s Experience With GMOs
[Review] Recommended Book -The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Balantyne, Ph.D
[Review] Gut And Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
Here is How Candida May Actually Cause Cancer
http://articles.mercola.com/sugar-addiction.aspx
http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2014/07/11/watching-tv-premature-death.aspx

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Financial Flagship – Managing Financial Oversights

MoneyMaze

“May your choices reflect your hopes, and not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela

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By: Zy Marquiez
December 9, 2015

My mind is racing, the gears are turning, and there’s just no way am not going to end up writing, so might as well make myself useful/productive, right?

Continuing in the in depth examination that initiated in attempting to figure out what is the best use of one’s time, we will now steer this introspection from time use, to finance.

In any case, was thinking about a myriad ideas when a few of them struck me. The first of these being the issue of financial independence.

Ultimate financial freedom is essentially the capability – at least how it was taught to me – to be able to live completely free via your financial assets et al. Some schools of thought tend to think of this as retirement, and they would be right in a way. There are a lot of directions this notion can head into, but let’s just stick for that one for the time being.

Although it might seem insurmountable at first, like losing 25 lbs, overtaking a fear, or even talking to a certain someone, it all great events/adventures in life begin with a choice. Without said choice, one cannot conquer any goals, yet alone overcome any obstacles.

Seems obvious doesn’t it? So why is it that so many people run about the mill without even trying? There are a myriad reasons for that, but the point is that for every nine people with excuses, there’s someone out there pouring their heart/mind/soul into a specific goal, no matter how large or small. Those individuals should be lauded, because they are the exception, not the rule.

Getting back to harpooning the main goal, we need to start with baby steps. If we bolt from the starting line without a semblance of where we want to go, then we’re steering without a rudder, adrift on the sea of uncertainty that at times can be life. We certainly wouldn’t want to go towards our destination unprepared for that would be extremely unwise and counterproductive. Where does that leave us?

We need to set our course, of course. Now, for simplicity’s sake [there really should be some sort of rule for making things as simple as possible], let’s combine the ultimate idea/goal of financial freedom, with smaller more tangible scenarios we can attain. In this way we can keep in mind the entire breath of goals – the short term financial goals more readily attainable, with more long term goals that build upon those.

So we can’t retire immediately?   Well why not start saving bucket loads of money in the meantime in order to attain that, and/or other goals, whatever those may be.

Now, keep in mind, since most people won’t attain financial freedom quickly, they will give up outright. Just like they do with many other goals. That’s definitely not the way to go if you want to breakaway from the conventional monotonous funk that can be a daily routine.

Yes, it can be daunting. But aren’t most things that are worth it a little bit of work, at minimum?   What about retirement? Isn’t that a goal to strive for? That’s not something that just happens. Like your health, it is something that we must work on daily to achieve the desired results.

In any case, let’s begin.

Am going to cite three examples of things that were taking place in my life that were draining my financial capabilities/savings quite a bit by untold magnitudes.

The first example of these is coffee. Was given coffee since the nascent age of 5 years old, and was instantly hooked. It became my go to drink for everything. Need a pick-me-up? Coffee. Stressed? Coffee. Want something you like? Coffee. Simple, and efficient. And downright expensive in the long run. Let me repeat that again: It, is, downright, EXPENSIVE, in the long run. Experience is the best teacher you know.

My favorite place to financial fund and donate part of my retirement to at the time was Barnes & Noble. Furthermore, to be exact, it wasn’t just coffee; it was that, and in fact caramel macchiato. Loaded with sugar & caramel [extra caramel shots cost, yes, more money!]. My blood sugar levels are going up just at the mere thought of such flavorsome drink.

How much did these cost? Anywhere between $4-6 dollars between coffee & tips.   To make things simple – law of simplicity here – let’s round that up to $5. Easy, two a day, for a minimum of 5 times a week. This is really low-balling it, because many times a whole day could be spent researching things from sunrise to sunset, in which case the amount of coffee gone through just got out of control. Think crack addict, but with coffee. Hey, we’re being honest here right?

What other financial wrongdoing was yours truly partaking in?   Television – not that much was watched. Then again, regardless of whether it was or not, it was paid for, so it was financial ineptitude in all its glory. That’s like slipping on soap and meeting the floor face to face like it was your lover and having the dinner that just took you half a day to make scattered all over the floor whilst the plate smashes into a million pieces, just like your ego. Yeah, don’t do that.  

How much was the loss? If my recollection is correct, it was around $80. Many people pay more than this too.

Finally, what other horrendous choice was yours truly making that was utterly draining my savings? Drinking/Pool/Restaurants. And no, sadly, this does not count regular fast food runs. That might be on another piece.

Every weekend. Sometimes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Talk about overdoing it huh?

How much did this vice cost on average? Easy, $100 a weekend [yes, not even a week!], and many times, more than that. Talk about a waste of money/resources/time.

Now for the fun part. Let’s tally it up, on a week by week, month by month, and yearly basis for each of those downright ridiculous habits. Am not saying don’t ever go out, drink a cup of coffee, or watch a movie. But everything in moderation.

First, coffee. Two cups a day, five times a week [at minimum], at $5 each, is $50 a week. That’s $200 a month, and $2400 a year. Oh man, my heart just sinks knowing that. Not joking.

Secondly, cable TV cost $80 a month [$20 weekly], and $960 a year. And most of the time the TV went unwatched! Talk about a double whammy.

Third, we have going out on weekends. This cost a preposterous $100 a weekend, which adds up to $400 a month, and worse, $4800 year.

Now we have:

Coffee/Caramel Macchiato:

Weekly: $50
Monthly: $200
Yearly: $2400

Cable TV:

Weekly: $20
Monthly: $80
Yearly: $960

Going out:

Weekly Weekend[ly]: $100
Monthly: $400
Yearly: $4800

Total from all financial oversights:

Weekly: $170
Monthly: $680
Yearly: $8160

How about them apples?

Now, if that last particular number isn’t a huge red flag, nothing will ever be.

That is not smoke signals ascending on the horizon. That’s an F10 financial vortex/conflagration dematerializing all your savings in your personal treasure chest.

This is just a snippet of the financial failure in my personal life, in hopes that it may better aid you in reaching your goals.

Instead of financially eviscerating your savings, why not spend time with folks that lift you up?

There is always room for improving your financial latitude. The first step is realizing what are the holes in your financial flagship, and repairing those, one at a time. Without a decent ship to steer into your horizons/dreams you’ll just be stuck at the pier without functioning vessel.

Now that you’ve seen my personal example, what are some of the vices you engage in that would be able to increase the financial flexibility of you and yours?

We must realize, that each dollar federal reserve note is like a seed. It will only sprout when planted. The more seeds you plant, the greater your bounty will be in your future, and that of your family’s.

Are you seeing the financial possibilities pop-up in your mind? Are the gears turning attempting to figure out where you can zap the foes of finance so you can be better prepared for your future? Are you seeing light at the end of the tunnel? Great.

Now, if you haven’t done so, put pen to paper and get moving. Time is money!

Remember, everything is a choice. Even inaction, is a choice. So ruminate a bit, and make the right choice for yourself.

“No matter what the situation, remind yourself, ‘I have a choice’”
– Deepak Chopra