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Ep. 62 - Journey to Simplicity - With Kay Newton

by Hearts Rise Up
March 1st 2022
In this interview, Kay Newton shares her journey to simplicity, how she arrived at this point in her life, and why she wants to help others, which in turn can help our planet. Kay loves to inspire peo... More
Thank you for tuning your heart's in for another episode of the Hearts Rise up podcast. I'm carol chapman your host along with my co host and Siri and Concetta antonelli. We share our own personal experiences, tips and strategies along with powerful stories and compelling insights from guest interviews. We're here to inspire and empower your conscious evolution, help you tap into your inner wisdom and rise to your heart centered higher self Together we can rise to a higher level of consciousness, an elevated state of being and experience more love joy and freedom. Mhm Hello and welcome back heart centered listeners. Thank you for joining us once again on the Hearts Rise Up podcast where you will always find heartfelt wisdom to inspire your conscious evolution.

I'm carol chapman your host. I'm joined today by a very special guest, K Newton Que loves to inspire people around the world to live mid life on their terms full of fun and vigor as a midlife strategist, award winning international speaker and voracious author. Kay is passionate about simplicity, she loves to create and hold space where an individual or group can master their own purpose in life, no magic, he be g be weird stuff, pills or potions, just plain practical, down to earth Yorkshire common sense for simple changes in Kay's words, we all have daily stresses to deal with having a safe haven and permission to explore new possibilities to alter your future life course does not have to be complicated, time consuming or painful if she is not beachcombing or walking the mountains in Majorca Que loves to constantly expand her own horizons which in turn she can share with others.

She has practiced Tai Chi for over 10 years, loves her family ferociously and adores creating yummy, nutritional food for whoever happens to be at the table. Okay, welcome to the show. Thank you for having me carol at last. We seem to have been wanting to do this for so long, I'm so pleased to be here. Yes, I'm really excited to have you here. So many of us reach midlife and we start questioning where we're at can be difficult and confusing to find the way forward and we don't always have anyone to turn to. It's really interesting that you are a midlife strategist helping others navigate life changes. I would love for you to share more about that. I have to admit, I wish I had someone like you available to me when I started going through my midlife changes. But first I know that you have your own story and I would love for you to share a bit about your life journey. I love that. I think it's a fabulous question and of course when we get to in my case, particularly In a couple of weeks time, I'm going into my 7th decade here on the planet.

So all of a sudden you start and do this work for yourself again. You know, you go through the process of just looking at where you've come from and where it's led you to and I've been doing that for myself. There's many crossroads, there's many areas where you can see that led you to. I'd love to share some. I don't want to go into great detail with all of them. Otherwise the program will never finish When you get to 60, there's loads of them. Absolutely. Just share whatever you'd like to share. I share very quickly, you know, a couple of stages that I can see real big changes for me. One when I was probably eight or nine years old, the postman through a little pamphlet through the postbox about of course that was going to happen in my village Pit Shorthand and typing course and I thought this would be a fabulous idea. I went off to do this shorthand and typing course persuaded my father to literally have to carry the portable typewriter in those days, which weighed, I don't know, 10 kg or whatever it was. It was huge and a very big cushion to go and do typing.

I was the youngest person there. And because of that, I then ended up going to a better school and then onto university. Without that, I wouldn't have gone, I came from a working class background. I was the first in my extended family to go on to further education and that course is definitely one of those big pivotal points in life. Another one when I was 17 again, there was an offer at school for a three week course in the Lake District in the UK to go and do what they called an outward bound course, which was going out into the countryside and learning about your physical and mental abilities. It was free. So I signed up for that. You see a pattern coming here and then after my university degree I ended up going into retail, I hated my job and was bullied by the manager. My parents at that time had a very small sailing boat in the local marina and I used to use it as my place, my safe haven to go and eat my sandwiches and cry at lunchtime And into the Marina came a very, very big boat for that Marina, not very big, really only 20 m.

I found out where it was going, it was going to new yorker and I ended up hand in my notice in taking all my stuff in my flat, back to my parents dumping on their doorstep and jumping on board this boat with three complete strangers sailing for three weeks. It took three weeks to get to Majorca and then I tell everybody I never swam back and that led to yet another big crossroads in my life. And then another one is 2015. My husband got offered a job out of the blue to go and build a hotel in Sandy Bar Tanzania. He's originally from South Africa and he thought it would be really good to end his career back in Africa And he took the job which meant I had to downsize our family home of 20 years and put it on the market and then moved to a two roomed tin roof house by the beach in Zanzibar where I learned about the wonders of simplicity and so those are some of the major crossroads in my life where I can see huge pivotal points.

The interesting thing is there was very little time for decision in all of them. It was a gut feeling and it was we're going to do this. Was there any fear if there was it came after the decision to do it. And I think that's also very important to realize that the fear is, it's a fantasy, isn't it? It's something that we make up about, something we don't know that's going to happen. Yes, that's right. We have these tendencies to just create stories in our minds around things that are just unfounded things end up turning out totally different though completely and utterly different. If I'd have thought the journey I would have on the boat to Morioka was going to be like, it was, I would have heeded my father's advice, not got on the boat, but you know, I didn't, I went out for an adventure and what I call myself adventurers. This is also another interesting conversation in other people's eyes. I'm extremely adventurous in my eyes. It's part of who I am, it's my makeup, it's normality for me.

I don't think I'm not adventurous at all. So it's interesting. Hmm, Maybe you're more of an explorer. Yeah. I once described myself as a person who is quite happy to jump into the deep end of the swimming pool and then realize I can't swim instead of being the one who stands at the edge of the pool and goes, you know, maybe you should learn to swim first, or maybe you could get help or I just jumped straight in and then I go, oh my God, I've got to learn to swim. And that's part of who I am. You know, what is the one thing that you have learned in your life and how has it shaped your approach or philosophy in life? I remember standing in the National History Museum in London and reading the only constant in the universe is change. And I think that's a really important thing to remember. We don't know where we're going, we don't know what's around the corner, but change is definitely going to be one of those things. And so why not just get on and do something because the change will be there. So, yeah, that's been important for me, I think, well, it sounds like you're very internally driven.

I'd love to just delve into a little bit more because in a sense, it's almost like when you're making decisions to make changes like that in your life, it's more than just adventure, but I think part of it too is you must be listening to your heart to do something different. Tell me a little bit more about that. There's a couple of pieces there, I think one is and I have not always been very good at this, but having the confidence with yourself to know thyself and to say this is something that I can do or I want to do, it's the choice. But listening to yourself, I think that comes from the heart, I think that's very important. And the other thing I think is it's not just your heart and I think we realize this as we get a little bit older, it's your head and your heart and your gut instinct and it's the whole thing put together. And I think if they're all in alignment then you get a completely different concept. You don't need to listen to the externals.

You listen to the whole internals as a whole thing and that helps you then make decisions and choices because so many people look to external things to validate the decisions and the choices that they make in their lives and yes, if you're constantly doing that, you're not listening to your heart or what is internally guiding you. Yeah, you're listening to someone else, which means you're living someone else's life if you think about it like that, you know logically if you're constantly listening to other people's advice not to say that you shouldn't listen to other people's advice, particularly as we say, they've got the t shirt, they've been there and done that already. You can learn a whole lot from them without having to go through the same trials and tribulations as they did. But I think it's also really important after you've done all that, done your due diligence to say yet, but that's not for me or I want to do it this way and having the confidence to say this is what I'm going to do.

I think that's part of it. If someone wants to, not necessarily listen to what others are saying, but really follow their own hearts, they have to take some time to really get quiet and listen to their heart. And I don't know whether that was the case for you in terms of listening to your heart or is it just something that comes natural to you? You just know what you need to do. You know, carol? That's one of those questions I can't really answer because it's as you said, I said, I think it's natural. But if you look at what I said earlier about the crossroads for me, there was no real time to sit and think about it. It was like I had this opportunity, it was there in front of me came through the letterbox, it was offered at school one minute, the boats in the Marina and the next minute we have a phone call for Zanzibar. There was very little time to go. Okay, let me sit and think about this. I could have made the time. But it wasn't that there was a calling. There was a feeling inside. This is a yes, I love that.

If we take the time to think about it, that's where the head starts to jump in. We talk ourselves out of it. Oh, we do. I've done that before. It's like, oh my gosh, why am I doing this to myself? Yeah. We've talked a little bit about going to Zanzibar and really you know, you were ending up simplifying your life. What really stirred that and how did you do it? How did you handle it? So again, it was, it happened very, very quickly, literally. My husband was offered the job within three weeks. He was gone. He'd packed his suitcase and gone prior to that. I must tell you that my parents had lived in the same home all their life. So 55 years or more or whatever it was. I can't remember the actual number. My mother had died before my dad and my father had recently died and had been back in the UK, clearing out his house, which was a small terrorist home. It wasn't a big home. I grew up in a working class family, but it had lots of memories. And when I came away from that I went, it's not the physicality, it's a chore but it's clearing away the memories which was the heartbreaking part of it.

And I thought we don't have to create the scenario that my Children have to do that. We can sell our family home and move on. And we'd already been tentatively talking about it, the thing that we had 11,000 m2 of land and you know we used it for retreats and for guests to come and we had for it as a farm land and it was a big place. So we'd already tended to be started saying we are getting older. This is going to be harder and harder as the years go on. Do we really want to be doing this or is this the perfect time to move on. And then as you always do, synchronicities appear which is when changed. My husband got off of the job in Zanzibar and he literally left With his 20 kg suitcase and I had the same allowance to get on the flight to go and visit him. And there was a realization, I just cleared my parents home and I could do the same with ours. I literally spent the next three weeks clearing out the home And then luckily I had a girlfriend come over from the UK and help me stage the home and we put it on the market for sale and literally within three weeks I cleared 20 years of our own stuff.

I suppose you call it our memories. We went down to Zanzibar with our 20 kg worth of values of our clothes and shoes and equipment that we needed. And part of the story of that is I still kept my residency in Spain which meant I had to come back. I could only stay as a visitor in Sandy Bar and I came back one day to find the house was rented for a holiday and I had nowhere to stay and I thought, okay, what can I do? I've always wanted to walk the camino de santiago, which is to walk the top of spain from the french border down to Santiago de compostela. And so I put a 7.5 kg backpack, my worldly goods on my back And what 729 km over 34 days. And made the realization that 7.5 kg was enough. 20 kg with lots. Hence the simplicity, you know the fact that we simplified very, very quickly. How did that track change you over the 34 days?

34 days. I worked 34 days. It was very interesting for me. I had again, no issues with walking on my own. I felt very confident to do that. You meet some amazing people along the way which I did. I went confidently with a backpack with the intention of walking until I felt it was time to stop. I'm not bucking or planning my stays along the way. Just open to, as they call it, the camino the camino will provide. There was always somewhere to stop and eat, always someone new to meet and always a place to sleep. All you needed to do was get up the next morning, put your boots on, find a yellow arrow and follow it on to the next stage. So that's what we did. That's amazing. And I just love the fact that you just did it. You just knew what you needed to do. You didn't think about it. You just did it. And I bet it was the experience of a lifetime. You meet people who have got such profound reasons for walking the camino and on a night that was the question you would ask. It's, you know, it wasn't the question of who are you, where are you from or what your business?

Why are you walking the camino? And people had some amazing stories and some really deep stories to tell you losing partners and recovering from cancer and celebrating all sorts of things. And we'd go around the table and we get to me and I'd go tax purposes and of course that just flawed everybody. And I said, but I'm a resident in spain, I have nowhere to live. So hence I'm walking the camino. It just brought hysteria to the table, which is part of the fun, You know, we all need to laugh a little bit more. Yes, we do. And I would love to know a little bit more about how you have integrated simplicity into your life. And also I'd love for you to define simplicity because I think we all perhaps have a different perspective on what simplicity means for us. What does it mean for you? I think that's really important for me. It means being more of a human being rather than a human doing. I still like to do things, but I also really love to be part of nature.

I spend a lot of time walking. I'm very, very fortunate in our new home that we have the beach in front and the mountains behind so I can spend an awful lot of time in nature. And then the other major part was not living a minimalistic life. We don't, if you come to my home you'll find most of my cupboards have got equipment in them and things in them. We live a comfortable life. Were very, very fortunate what we've done. And I think it's really important for me is we've got rid of the chemicals in our home. So we don't use chemical cleaning equipment. My husband is known from time to time to bottle from, I don't know where but in theory we don't have any chemicals in the home. We don't use them for our personal products and we eat simply. So we cook from scratch with natural healthy food or whatever we can find that's in season. We're lucky that we have a market every weekend in the square. So life's in that way is simple. At what point did things start to shift for you when you were really focusing on nature and the environment and kind of being in tune with that because I know that this is one of your passions, minimizing your footprint, eliminating toxic chemicals and you're doing an awful lot.

Even in your own community there, I'd love for you to share a little bit more about your passion and what you're doing. It's been a gradual process and it's still a huge work in progress. But definitely I think menopause was a big one for me reaching perimenopause and thinking about body burden on what we're doing to ourselves, which doesn't help when you're going through hormonal changes. How could I help myself? How could I eliminate as much as I possibly could in my environment. That could be possibly causing me to have more side effects of going through the menopause. So I think it started then and then in my last year I was very, very fortunate to join the expedition. I had to join them virtually unfortunately because of covid, we couldn't actually sail around the world. This is an amazing project or for women by women looking at plastic and the causes upon the environment and the body and I joined them for the South African voyage.

We did everything we were supposed to do apart from actually do are things on the boat. So we had watches which meant some of us had to get up early or late in the middle of the night meet our fellow crew members around the world to discuss plastic. And part of that included going onto my local beach and doing a beach project there where I was fortunately left to meet another local lady who collects plastic. And that's led us to a really good friendship and that's what we do. We collect and survey the plastic on the beach here locally. We will be sent to one of the universities on the mainland mainland. Spain then the issue is what do I do with all the plastic that we're collecting? A lot of it can't be recycled. It's not recyclable. Very interesting what we find on the beach and when we find it. But we've now started a project of making it into pictures, works of art that we can give to, hopefully to some of the local restaurants and bars and to help them think a little bit more about what we're doing to our environment? Wow, that's terrific.

I'd love to understand a little bit more In your experience, what would be the steps that someone would go through to simplify their life and determine what simplicity means for them. I know you have an exercise that is a free download on your website that helps people go through some steps and some things to think about. Would you be willing to cover a little bit of that now? Certainly. Well, yeah, no problem whatsoever. I think the first thing you have to do is make a really good hearted decision about what you want to simplify and what as you said, what simplicity means for you because it's going to mean completely different things for everybody. And I think that's when a life audit comes in to hand and that life audit can be anything from the Table of Life, which I'm going to talk about now to literally for example, which we've been doing this year auditing your plastic refuse bag every month and seeing what you actually put in there and making a decision about what you can do to eliminate that. I think that's you know, the two sides of both of the same coin in many respects.

But the Table of life is a very, very simple exercise. If you can imagine a very old fashioned table, I'd love to imagine an old french table in a beautiful sheet somewhere made of beautiful wood and it's got lots of pockmarks in because it's very, very old. But it's got four legs on it and you want that table to be as sturdy as you possibly can be because that table that symbolizes your life and no matter what's thrown at you at the table, you want it to be as sturdy as possible. And so the five parts of the table are the tabletop which is knowing thyself. And when you take time to really get down into the nitty gritty of who you are, it helps build your confidence and when you know who you are, then whenever something happens you can make a decision your choices based on you, which is really important And then you've got the four legs and when you've got them all sturdy and secure, then your tabletop will be secure as well.

And the four parts are connections. Connections is a really, really interesting one. And I say to people you need to curate around 30 people in your circle of influence And you can see them counting on their fingers, we can get to maybe five, maybe 10. But when you say 30, particularly at Midlife, I think it's important. Why is it important? Because we've got so much going on in our own life that you know, you can reach out for help, say for example your house burns down tomorrow. Who are you going to reach out to? Who can possibly offer you some shelter? And when you start and go through your list of people, they're going to have a lot of them are going to have their own stuff going on. So you need to curate quite a big list. So that not only can you get support, but also that you can support them. I think that's also important to remember. So number one is your connections. Not necessarily number one, but this is the first one I talked about Then the 2nd 1 is knowledge. And when you do a knowledge audit, especially when you get to our age, it helps you think about what you know what you don't know and probably more importantly what you don't want to know.

So quite often when you look at the don't know list, I don't know how to run my website. Doesn't mean to say you have to learn how to run your website. It means you have to realistically go, okay, I don't know how to run my website. There is no way I've got any interest in learning how to run my website. So therefore the next part is who do I want to get to help me and support me in that. Yes. And that's where connections certainly come into play. That's where connections comes in handy. Exactly. And when we look at our knowledge and what we know a lot of those skills have not got a certificate for them and we forget that. And yet those can be the skills you need for the next stage in your life. So when you've audited them and you've looked at them and you've got them on a piece of paper. You can say you know, I've spent since I Started typing at eight years old. I've been writing. Oh yeah I can write, I don't I utilize that skill and do some more writing. So it's interesting. So knowledge is important. The next one I think is just as important. But it's something that we talk about a lot is wealth.

And when I talk about wealth, I'm not talking about what's in your bank. Although that helps. A lot of people need to do that audit first as well. A lot of people don't know where they stand what they've got in their bank account, what their pension is going to look like, what their future is going to look like. So that's a good exercise. But also to think about, you know, what are you giving to your community so that you get back? That's part of wealth as well. And we forget to do that. That's so true. We don't realize that it's not about the receiving, but it is about what we have to offer, it's receiving and giving both are just, you've got to balance both need to be there. And your final leg is probably the most important of all. And that's your health and doing a health audit? Where am I have I set a couple of kilos to lose or have I got more than that? What's my exercise routine? Like am I sleeping well? What's my eating pattern? Like all the general questions that it's so easy habit wise to forget about or deviate and then think, hang on a minute, my health is not very good without my health, I can't do anything else.

Yes, I think in some respects, as you mentioned, it's probably the most important and most difficult I think to make changes in our lives because we become so conditioned to certain habits doing things a certain way, eating certain foods. It takes time to educate ourselves and knowing what's in our food and what we're eating exactly what you know, the whole thing. I think that comes down to the simplicity aspect again, is that when you've got that audit in front of you have made that realization. It's what's the small steps I can take to change. This is not something you want to be doing immediately overnight Because those quite often don't make the changes within two days or 10 days. We're back to where we were before. It's about what's the small steps I can do to change. So you just mentioned a perfect one and it goes down to what I did with my cleaning products and my own personal products was sometimes we look at the ingredients on the back of a food packet.

Do we do it when it comes to cleaning products or our own personal hygiene products. And yet when you do you make a realization, these are just as toxic as some of the E numbers we've come to recognize are not good for us or the sugars that we may see on a product when we do that and get into the habit of saying I'm going to go shopping but I'm going to look at the back of the pack it and if there's something there that I can't pronounce, Kay says don't buy it, it's not perfect. And there are things that you can't can't pronounce that are important. But on a general rule of them, if you can't say it, don't pay for it, I wholeheartedly agree, especially when you look at certain products and they have a long list of ingredients beware because if they have that many ingredients, you know, they can't be good for you. And that's part of the simplicity theory of my lifestyle for me as if it's got one two Ingredients, it's sign exactly if it's got, as you've just said, numerous ingredients is not on the simplicity list.

So just ignore. Are there any particular things that you could just share with listeners to be sure for them to avoid? I haven't got the list in front of me. I'd literally have to have the list in front of me and then I wouldn't be able to say the words because I can't pronounce them so I'm not much help in that respect. But what I can tell you for cleaning, I use white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Those are my two go to products simple, easy when it comes to personal hygiene. If I can eat it, then I can use it. You know, my skin creams tend to be things like honey and natural honey products. The shampoos I use are made locally with no toxic chemicals in them and use bars. I don't use anything in a plastic box and anything you can literally take down a notch. What do you store things in? We eat a lot of nuts in our home and seeds, they're good for you. And I found a local lady who comes to the local market on a Tuesday.

He was very happy to fill up my, my used jars. I have jam jars. So interestingly enough I can just fill up my nuts and seeds with her. So no plastics involved in that. Anything like that that you can do that simplifies. This is another interesting one for me. I'm glad you brought that up because I'm just about to go through the process of having little stored, which is going to be new for me. I grew up in a family that were Children just after the Second World War and we always always had a stock of it and I followed in my parents footsteps as well and always had a stalker, but we've always had things in store and with Covid, I think we stored more. No, we didn't go mad and by hundreds and hundreds of loopholes like some people did, but you know, we did start extra and I come to the decision this year that doesn't go with the simplicity model. And so at the moment we're clearing out cupboards and utilizing stuff interestingly, we've got lots of lentils were going to be eating lentils for months I think Well those are good things to store because they last a long time.

They're good. I don't know if they're good every day for months, but yeah, it's going to be a bit like that. Yeah, but we're going to play with the concept and the idea of not storing as much and simply buying what we need when we need it. So that's going to be a new exercise, taking it to a little bit further in the level of simplicity. So if there was one piece of advice that you would offer others, if they were looking to simplify their life on their terms, what would that be? Yeah, I think always start small, work out what you want to change. I won't even say daily, I'd say, what do you want to change this week of this month and focus on that. Don't do anything else. I love that. I just love the advice About starting small. I've been doing that myself and probably since about 2014 I sold my house in Colorado and it was a big house and I had a lot of stuff and only three weeks to clean everything out and close on the house and it was the middle of winter and that was a huge job and we really downsized quite a bit, We got rid of a lot of furniture.

But even now we're in a smaller house. I still have a lot of stuff and I've been taking small steps really just one section at a time or one thing at a time even close recently, I I don't really have a whole lot of clothes, but there were still some clothes I needed to get rid of and I figured if I haven't worn them in the last year or so, well it's probably time to get rid of them. The more you focus on, the more likely it's not going to happen because you're doing too much at once. Yeah, you can go through one drawer at a time, you know, one section of a room at a time and do the easy stuff for me. I go through my bathroom drawers periodically and just get rid of things because it's easier to get rid of things there than other kinds of more personal items. Basically. What you're doing is you're changing habits and so habits take a little bit of time to change. Say you're going supermarket shopping and you have your supermarket list of things you want to buy. One of the things you probably won't have on the list is plastic.

So if you put plastic at the top of the list before you go out the door and you're going to buy lentils for example, here in spain we can buy lentils in cloth sacks. So why would I want to buy it in plastic, which is a single use plastic. It's going to end up going into my refuse and 90% of it doesn't get recycled even though we're told it is. And that's another big story. You know, I've done a couple of things there. I've bought the lentils I needed and I've saved my plastic just because I put plastic at the top of my shopping list. One simple change, which then you can make into a habit that you always put plastic at the top of your shopping list. And that's how you make change. I share a wardrobe with my husband and I counted the other day for this article I was writing, we've got 30 hangers between us. The splits, not 5050, guess who's got more hangers actually, it's me. But yeah, I've got more hangers, but we don't even have the principle of we haven't won it for a year, throw it out.

We don't have enough clothes. I do swap the winter and the summer wardrobes around. And so we have a winter wardrobe out and a summer wardrobe out. Basic exploring the mediterranean and it works like that. We don't have enough to not wear it put it that way. And I think that's important too. And that's another principle that, you know, you can apply if I don't get rid of a particular item right away particularly close that might sit there and I'll look at it and more likely to, it goes back, it goes back, it's letting go of the attachment to it. That's what's really interesting. How do we let go of the Attachment? We have two things. What's your advice on that? I think you've just hit a really big big nail there. The attachment thing. So for some people it's easier than others. For me, I am not really attached to the physical, I'm attached to the memory and you can attach yourself to the memory in many different ways. You don't physically have to keep the item. You could take a photograph for example or you could write about it or you could pass it on to some member of the family who you know it's still around even though you're not attached to it.

So there's lots of things you can do. Yeah, I think for some people it's easier to give away than others. So for example, we made the decision when we put the house on the market, our big house that we were going to sell it with furniture included and we did that because we didn't know where we were coming and we've moved into modern style department and we used to have a traditional Maya keen house before. The furniture wouldn't have fitted here anyway. We'd have ended up paying for storage and then had to go through the stress of selling it at some point. So we just sold the property with furniture and I think that's a really good way of doing it as well. It is when we sold our colorado property, we didn't rise that the buyers were interested in our furniture and somehow it got lost in the translation between our realtors and we had to put our furniture up for sale and we used a a site called Craig's list and the buyers they happened to see it and they recognize some of the pieces and the land of the house on craigslist.

So they called us right away and they just loved our furniture and they said we'll buy it. So we ended up selling most of it to them which was really a blessing in disguise at the time because it was really going to be hard to get rid of it sell it and we certainly couldn't take it back with us because we were moving out of state. So there's a simple thing that you can take away, you know, you can do that, don't give yourself extra stress cell cell with. I would love for you before we wrap up to share any additional thoughts or ideas that we have discussed today or haven't discussed. We talked a little bit about being a human being rather than a human doing and I think that's important for where we are in the present moment in time and if you can spend a lot more time living in the now in the present moment. I think you'll get an awful lot out of life? A lot of people tend to live a lot of their time remembering the past and if they're not in the past then forward thinking this could possibly happen, this may happen.

I want this to happen and then you don't have time to enjoy the now, the present moment. Well, I think that is very insightful and more of us need to do that. I know it's one of the things that have been on my list the last several years is to be more conscious, more present in the moment, catching myself and the more that we set the intention, at least for me, I've set the intention to be more present. I tend to catch myself more and I'm doing a much better job of focusing on that. And I think that's part of the simplicity as well. It comes back to being present and it's not easy to do. It's something we have to practice on a regular basis. It's something I'm aware of. But I won't say I do not do it constantly, but I think it's something that if we can get into the habit of doing that life is so different, it's a completely different heartfelt space and I think that's very, very important to remember those are definitely some wise heartfelt words that we all could do with taking on board because life will be a lot easier and less stressful if we're not reflecting on the past and worrying about the future.

Exactly, yeah. Okay. Where can people learn more about you? I would love for you to let us know where they can learn more. And also I think you have a free gift as well that you'd like to offer. Yeah. If you come to my website, K newton dot com and you start scrolling down the home page, you'll find the Table of life free gift which you can sign up for. And I think most of my social media links are there quite often on facebook? I have a group for women over 50 called midlife strategies. You're very welcome to come and join the conversation in the group as well if it's something that you'd like to do. Yes. And I've been in that group. I just love the conversation. And you've had some really nice programs. Very insightful, Very beneficial. And so we'll definitely include the website and all of your social media handles in the show notes as well as the facebook group and how people can access the free gift for the download. So I just want to thank you K for joining us today and just sharing your life, experience your wisdom, particularly how people can simplify life.

And I just think that the awareness of what we're doing in our lives and how to fix our environment, our whole body experiences very much something for all of us to keep in mind as we move forward in these changing times. And they are changing and so quickly at the moment. And it's absolutely exciting. It's unbelievable. Yes, it is. You know, new things are bound and we just have to go with the flow. Yeah, we do. Thank you so much for being on the show. Thank you carol. Bye bye. I just want to thank all of our listeners for joining us today for another episode of the podcast. And until next time. Just keep rising up. Thank you for joining us and we'll see you next time. Bye for now. Mhm. We hope today's show helped to bring a bit more joy and happiness into your heart. We hope it inspired you to unleash your inner power and rise up to your best and loving heart centered, highest self. We'd be grateful if you'd leave us a review on itunes. Those reviews are important to spreading this valuable message.

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Ep. 62 - Journey to Simplicity - With Kay Newton
Ep. 62 - Journey to Simplicity - With Kay Newton
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