Welcome to Live a Streamlined Life! My name is Susan Marie and I’m so glad you stopped by to check out my blog.

I grew up in the suburbs of southern California, owned and lived on 50 acres in rural Alabama for nine years (complete with farm animals and a big garden), and moved back to southern California to be near family in 2006. I recently “retired” from my full-time job (even though I’m not yet retirement age)! I’m wife to a wonderful husband, mom/step-mom to adult children, and “Gramma” to five beautiful grandchildren.

My time on the farm taught me how to be frugal, self-reliant, and to appreciate  the beauty of nature. Conversely, I had to be extremely organized, task-focused, and detail-oriented in my full-time job. I’ve grown organic vegetables, birthed baby sheep and goats, and worked in a fast-paced business.  It’s an odd combination, I know, but I think such diverse experience is what gives me so much to blog about.

Living a streamlined life is all about removing excess and living a peaceful, fulfilled life in an increasingly chaotic world. This is a journey…it does not happen overnight. There are many possibilities when streamlining your life. The journey is different for everyone. We can explore the possibilities together! My goal is to help you discover what you can do to make your life better and live it to the fullest. So, go ahead, dive right in! Your comments and viewpoints are always welcome!