Simple Life Reboot - Transformational / Healthy / Minimalism / Lifestyle / Edit



Dave and Sheryl Balthrop are a husband and wife team sharing their transformational journey to a simpler priority-driven life. After raising their children and achieving the American Dream, Dave (a mentor to persons with disabilities) and Sheryl (an attorney), discovered they were investing more resources in stuff than people. They decided to change their lives. They put their dream house on the market, edited 85% of their belongings, and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. In this audio version of the couples articles posted on, Dave and Sheryl share their personal successes and failures. In these entertaining recordings, you will discover how to have more time, energy and focus plus less stress and debt in your life. Each episode provides tools and encouragement to make desired changes in your life, including practical tips on simplifying, reducing clutter, changing habits, living intentionally, overcoming obstacles and more.


  • SLR 090: Subtract to Add

    12/11/2015 Duração: 03min

    As many of the readers of Simple Life Reboot know, our journey to a simpler, more fulfilling life, began in the Spring of 2013. (see:  The Trip that Changed Everything) But before we “changed everything”, the over-arching feeling had been that we never had enough, enough money, enough time, enough of anything.  Our solution had […]

  • SLR 089: Own Your Work

    09/07/2015 Duração: 05min

    “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” – Abigail van Buren My Uncle Russ once told me about a neighbor who sent his son over to ask if he could wash his car.  My uncle told the boy he would pay him […]

  • SLR 088: The 7 Deadly Sins and Simplicity

    28/05/2015 Duração: 12min

    Daily we stand against the tide, the relentless negative forces of human nature that work to bring us down.  The challenge to be better, and do better, is never ending, and ever present, in each of our lives. How do the 7 deadly sins; wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony, play against the […]

  • SLR 087: The “Perspective” Benefit

    18/04/2015 Duração: 03min

    Sheryl and I recently took a trip to Victoria, B.C., to wipe the cobwebs off our dashboard GPS map, and to fulfill one of the original intentions of our embracing simplicity almost two years ago, now. For those who are not familiar with our story, it was that first trip down the California coastline back […]

  • SLR 086: Walk To Run!

    15/01/2015 Duração: 05min

    It happens every year about this time, mid-way through January, after the holiday meals and desserts have fully accreted and solidified in the form of “love” handles. Now comes the not-so-glamorous work of unpacking the storage shed, of taking off the extra pounds that have accumulated over the past couple of months, and getting back […]

  • SLR 085: Topics to Avoid at Christmas

    11/12/2014 Duração: 01min

    This Christmas, when you gather with family and friends, remember that it is not about pretense or appearance.  Love everyone as they are, just as you are loved by God, who came among us to make things right. Focus on the needs of others.  Give your loved ones what they need from you, – a […]

  • SLR 084: The Hidden Gift

    04/12/2014 Duração: 03min

    “The only true gift is a portion of thyself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Sheryl and I love Christmas. For those of us who have discovered the value of the simple and minimalist lifestyle, the gift-giving portion of the holiday has become less important…to a degree.  The concept of gift-giving is beautiful, but for many at […]

  • SLR 083: Giving Thanks!

    27/11/2014 Duração: 02min

    “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” – O. Henry I give thanks to God and Country, for without God, I would have no life, and without America, I would have no liberty. I GIVE THANKS …to AMERICA Consider for a moment the absence of […]

  • SLR 082: Life Is Not A Race!

    20/11/2014 Duração: 03min

    “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” – Saint Augustine When it comes to our work, there is nothing wrong with hustle.  I believe that highly productive people are to be admired.  When […]

  • SLR 081: Inspiring Snapshots of Simplicity

    13/11/2014 Duração: 03min

    “Tell your story.” – Joshua Becker,  Becoming Minimalist, speaking at  SimpleREV 2014 There is something beautiful about hearing a person’s story that allows us to connect with both the individual and his or her experience. Whether a person’s circumstances are dramatic or cumulative, the sharing of a struggle to overcome challenges has the extraordinary power to instruct and inspire. Courtney Carver of  “Be More […]

  • SLR 080: Create A Living Masterpiece With Intention

    06/11/2014 Duração: 02min

    “A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.” – Charles Dudley Warner What does your life canvas look like? Are you filling up your canvas quickly, with an array of colors assembled as an afterthought, or are you painting with intention? When we act with intention, we exhibit a higher purpose, […]

  • SLR 079: Unmasking Our Fears About Essentialism and Simplicity

    30/10/2014 Duração: 05min

    Fear is deceptive. It often masquerades as something else, fooling us into believing an outright lie or otherwise thwarting our ability to make lasting positive change. Far too many of us yearn to reboot our lives into ones of greater simplicity, but we are stopped short by fears we cannot bring ourselves to face. Essentialism calls us to relinquish our […]

  • SLR 078: Are You “in Control”? Try the Clutter Experiment!

    23/10/2014 Duração: 03min

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris When Sheryl and I moved from our large colonial home to smaller accommodations next door, we found ourselves faced with the necessity of reducing our possessions.  After a couple of moving sales and multiple […]

  • SLR 077: 7 Steps to Help a Loved One Embrace Change

    16/10/2014 Duração: 04min

    One of the most difficult questions we get is: “What do I do when I want to make changes,  but my loved one does not?” Whether the desired change is to rightsize, de-clutter, reduce activity  or financial overload or otherwise,  we generally encourage the inquiring party to make individual changes, and then wait patiently in the hope that demonstrated benefit will […]

  • SLR 076: A Shout Out for SimpleREV 2014!

    09/10/2014 Duração: 01min

    Having just returned from Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.  a heartfelt “THANK YOU!” to Joel Zaslofsky and Dan Hayes for putting together the first ever SimpleREV conference where folks from around the world came together to share stories and discuss how the simplicity/minimalism movement is changing lives and communities. Sheryl and I were honored to speak.  We told […]

  • SLR 075: 5 Proven Strategies to Crush the “Sophomore Slump” of Lifestyle Design

    02/10/2014 Duração: 04min

    Have you had this experience?  You start out strong, buoyed by the excitement of a new challenge and the promise of better things to come.  Then,  somehow,  as you move beyond the initial phase,  the load intensifies, progress slows and you lose some degree of confidence in the attainability, if not the desirability, of the objective. It can […]

  • SLR 074: Why Roughing It Can Be So Much Fun!

    25/09/2014 Duração: 02min

    Like many, I spend my fair share of time and effort trying to avoid physical discomfort. An example would be my strong preference for a comfortable bed.  So, why do I fondly remember sleeping on that bumpy mattress jammed in the back of our car on that California trip?    (Read:  The Trip That Changed Everything!) […]

  • SLR 073: The Exquisite Beauty of Living Simply

    18/09/2014 Duração: 02min

    “It sure seems like you’re working pretty hard just to ‘simplify‘ your life”,  a somewhat skeptical friend observed. He was, of course, right … though I did not want to admit it. Fortunately, we both had other pressing commitments, otherwise I would have had to acknowledge that taking steps to simplify our life continues to be […]

  • SLR 072: The 5 Essentials of Being Nimble

    11/09/2014 Duração: 09min

    Nimbleness is the ability to pivot, to adapt to new circumstances and keep moving.  It is achieved, primarily, through the creation of margin in our lives. In this fast-paced, unpredictable world, our ability to remain calm, constant, and in control is in direct proportion to the resources and options we can muster at any given time. […]

  • SLR 071: The Value of Nimble

    04/09/2014 Duração: 04min

    The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. –H.P. Lovecraft Change is something people have always resisted. It’s something we fear and try to avoid, even knowing it is inevitable, part of life, itself. Today, change is occurring at a pace […]

página 1 de 5