Sister Samuella’s 25 Tips to Living a Simple Lifestyle

This post was originally drafted in October of 2018 but somehow never got published. Check out the list below from Sister Samuella on how to live a simple, clean lifestyle. Seems like she may have had a peek into the future with her ideas on using more video conferencing and making sure to always support local businesses.

Three words: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Spiritual life

  • Think of three things you are grateful for first thing in the morning before you start your day.
  • Be present and in the moment when you have a good experience or affirming encounter with someone.
  • Find beauty in the natural world. Consider a visit to Jubilee Farm to take a walk on a trail.
  • Laugh a lot.


  • Choose material goods as resources to share with your family over collecting or acquiring objects to show status or wealth.
  • Choose food and other items with less packaging.
  • Buy less.
  • Buy clothes, furniture, and kitchen supplies at resale shops.
  • Accept hand-me-down clothing from friends and family.
  • Buy fair trade items and goods that practice your personal values in their business methods.


  • Always eat your leftovers.
  • Eat simple, natural foods with less meat and sugar.
  • Visit your local farmers market for produce.
  • Grow your own herb or vegetable garden.
  • Plan your meals at the beginning of the week and have a consistent breakfast and lunch—think of your first and second meals as fuel over a satisfying experience.
  • Enjoy dinners with friends and family as a shared experience in food preparation, cooking, and conversation.
  • Make meals with versatile veggies for multiple meals each week.


  • Schedule carpool rides or share rides.
  • Use public transportation whenever possible.
  • Use video conferencing to cut down on travel expenses.
  • Practice constant vehicle maintenance and change oil.


What other ways do you try to live a simple life? Let us know in the comments below.


1 thought on “Sister Samuella’s 25 Tips to Living a Simple Lifestyle”

  1. Thank you Sister Samuella for your in-site into simple clean living. I am making changes in my life because of your wonderful article.
    May God continue to bless you as you help
    others in the many things you do.

    Paulette Shea
    Dominican Associate and friend of Sister Aniceta Skube

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