Do Less with Magpie Girl


 Rather listen than read? Here you go:

Hello loves! Listen, I’m worried about you.

I read your Twitters and Facebook status updates, and occasionally peek at your blogs. And you know what? Y’all are way WAY too busy! I see a lot of posts about too many meetings, insurmountable to-do lists, and rushing about on weekends. I’m beginning to suspect that some of you have caffeine running in your veins.

Now you know I love you right? So this is not a critique. I mean, we are all just trying to work it out with the smallest amount of fear and trembling possible. You’re doing your best. But if you feel like your adrenaline is constantly pumping because you can never get enough done then maybe, just maybe it’s time for an little Magpie Girl  intervention.

So let me say this about that, there is no way you can shuffle your current schedule around to make things fit. You cannot fit two gallons of water in a pint glass. You’re just going to have to Do Less. I know it feels like you can’tdo less. I know it feels like you HAVE to to everything on your list and more. But I can virtually promise you that this is not the case. I think we can help each other through this.

Are you practically salavating right now? Are you simultaneously wildly hopeful and scared shitless? I thought so. Then this Do Less thing is for you.

So here’s the deal, beginning this month I am going to write a series of posts on how to Do Less. I’ll start right now, with this guest post on What the Danes Taught Me About Finding Balance over at Starshyne Productions. Just breathe into that one for a minute, and while it may not have all the answers for you, if it is speaking to your heart trust that you’re on the right track.

Then tune in on May 15th for the plan of action. Some of it will involve this book, which you can order or dowload on If the thought of having ANOTHER unread book on your bedside table causes your chest to sieze up, don’t worry, if you don’t have to read/listen to it — you can still play along. There will be lists (I LOVE lists) and then smaller lists and then you will emerge this concentrated powerhouse of focus with a Zen like ablity to float. Okay–maybe not that great, but you’ll feel better.

What do you say? Wanna play? Great! See you on the 15th.

P.s. Are you already playing along with Soultribes? Guess what, this will help. It’s hard to make space for soulsiblings when you are spininng around like the Tazmanian Devil. So ask your gut if you should play here too, and trust her answer. Love, R.

Julia May 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Oh, excellent! This book has been sitting beside my bed for over a month waiting for me to dive into it — perhaps this is the prod I need to do so and really take something away from it.

Monica May 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

OH .. I am 100% on the DO LESS bandwagon. I tried the ‘do less’ when we quit going to ‘big church’ and it’s worked wonders. There is NO going back to being busy 3 or 4 evenings a week. No way! My kids are in very limited programing (read one thing or NONE). Sometimes I feel guilty or like I’m a bad mom or lazy or a slacker … but mostly I feel really peaceful, and happy and know (in my heart) that I am doing the right thing and giving them (and me) a gift, by keeping our schedule so relaxed. This way we actually have time for each other, ourselves and our friends.

If you’re not doing less .. try it. I’m guessing you probably will never look back.

Tori May 9, 2009 at 12:58 am

I read your post over at Jamie’s and I immediately came here to begin following your blog. I’m loving it!

Jamie May 10, 2009 at 12:02 am

Rachelle, you are a woman of soul and influence. I’m glad I know you. I can’t wait to see what you unveil on the 15th.

Tess May 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I shall be following along from the 15th. I’ve nearly finished a first quick run through of Leo’s book, to be followed up by actually doing (or should that be not doing??) what he recommends, so the timing is perfect.

Lesley Denford May 14, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I love the idea of doing less – it’s such a challenge in the fast-paced world to do less, and often comes with criticism or feelings of inadequacy. I think it’s one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Good luck everyone! :)

~M~ May 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

I feel like I am already super lazy. I lost my job and sometimes find it hard to get up and get dressed. I don’t have kids and I love alone. Yet I am constantly asked “Wow, how do you get so much done??” I feel like a giant faker most of the time. Everyone else is so busy busy busy. In fact, it’s like sharing war stories — how many kids you have, how incredibly busy you are, how jam packed your life is. And me… when the circle turns to me I have nothing to say. Like today, I slept until 11am, was awakened by a phone call from a friend. Got up, got dressed, walked the dog, made a sandwich, ate it, watched 3 episodes of 24, then went out to meet a friend. We went letterboxing (which is SUPER fun), then out to eat, and then I came home, walked the dog, took a shower. Now I am reading blogs. My house looks like a pit, I haven’t done laundry in weeks and I am scared of that smell in my fridge. I feel like I really need a shot of that DO DO DO hormone coursing through every other woman’s veins bc seriously? It’s not in me.

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