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Tips and Tools for maintaining a simpler life

For the past few years, many of us have been on the ‘go, go, go, get, get, get’ treadmill – and ‘having it all’ has often simply meant ‘doing it all.'

But now outside events have forced some of us to pause and ask: Is more better? Is busy is best? Is it all worth it - or is there a simpler, more satisfying way to live?

What happened to the dreams and ambitions that once inspired us, filling us with excitement and happiness? At work and at home we’ve been so carried away with doing, having and achieving more, that we’ve left ourselves no time to stop and check on where we’re heading and why we’re going there. We’ve lost touch with what it is that gives our lives meaning, nurtures our unique talents and brings us true fulfillment.

Maybe it’s time to reconnect and to become reacquainted with our authentic selves.

Through a series of integrated, enjoyable exercises, work/life balance experts Lucy McCarraher and Annabel Shaw provide a map for the listener to embark on a journey to re-discovering genuine values, needs, desires and hopes, providing positive and well-defined goals, clearly marked destinations, a planned itinerary and regular signposts to keep the listener on track.

Topics covered include:

•    Why ‘simple’ is ‘the new black’
•    Establishing personal values
•    Living with integrity
•    Reconnecting with abandoned dreams and aspirations
•    The six areas in which you can live a simpler life
•    Writing your own fairy tale
•    Bringing your life into balance
•    Making your dreams a reality
•    Quick and easy ideas to implement your simpler life - today!


LUCY McCARRAHER is one of the UK’s leading experts on work-life balance. Her self-help books include “The Book of Balanced Living” and she has written the Industrial Society’s Work Life Manual and Get the Balance Right, a video-based training package. She has been a consultant, trainer, speaker and coach in work-life balance and stress management.

Lucy’s expertise in Work-Life Balance grew out of research and writing about family,  parenting and children’s issues for organisations such as the NSPCC, National Parenting Forum, Thomas Coram Foundation and Working Families. Before this she was part of the media team that produced the first self-help videos, including childcare with Penelope Leach and Desmond Morris on Babywatching.

Lucy has been a script-writer, script-editor, magazine and publishing editor, journalist and tv presenter. She does voluntary work for intercountry adoption (her two daughters were adopted from Russia) and is a director of a sheltered accommodation charity.

ANNABEL SHAW trained as a research psychologist and is the inventor of the Lifescape method of visualising a life history, which enables people to literally picture their whole life as a basis for analysing and changing it. The interview schedule was originally developed as a research tool for recording the lives of homeless women and her article on “The Experience of Homeless Women” was published in Housing Studies in 1995 and the methodology discussed in the Open University textbook, Social Science in Question, in 1998. The interview schedule has since been used by researchers working with and recording the lives of cared-for children both in Britain and abroad.

Annabel has taught psychology at Sussex University and at The Open University and she has also worked for Brighton and Hove Social Services, providing initial assessment and safe housing for runaway children brought to the attention of the police overnight. More recently Annabel, who is also a qualified radiotherapist, has worked with cancer patients at the Sussex Cancer Centre.

Product Information:

Media TypeAudio
Number of Programs14


Program Title Duration
A Simpler Life - Part 1 04:20
A Simpler Life - Part 2 05:11
A Simpler Life - Part 3 03:43
A Simpler Life - Part 4 04:45
A Simpler Life - Part 5 05:17
A Simpler Life - Part 6 05:25
A Simpler Life - Part 7 07:10
A Simpler Life - Part 8 06:00
A Simpler Life - Part 9 06:23
A Simpler Life - Part 10 05:40
A Simpler Life - Part 11 05:34
A Simpler Life - Part 12 04:43
A Simpler Life - Part 13 04:34
A Simpler Life - Part 14 00:28
Total Time 1:09:13

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