This is part of the You Can Change Your Life Series.

Why Less Is More

This week, my sister Katie had a complete physical breakdown. She could not move. She did not have the energy to get up out of bed for her 6 and 1 year old children. She slept for 50 hours straight before she could talk properly again.

This article is about how we can find ourselves running continuously on treadmills that end up ruling our lives.

Treadmills that stop us from really living the life that truly brings us joy.

Treadmills that can ultimately bring about breakdowns, severe illness and a wasted life.

It is about why having less can give you the freedom to live the life you actually love – because less is more.

More Is Less

Katie and her lovely husband Ian have been on a treadmill ever since they could remember. Highly successful career focused individuals, they have worked 16 hour days, never taken sick days and have earned themselves a huge house, flash cars and luxury holidays.

But with a phenomenal lifestyle, come expenses: – the big mortgage, high expectations, excessively hard work, pressure, stress, physical depletion and no time for themselves or what they really want/need.

Ian leaves for work at 4.30am and comes home late at night all to afford their lifestyle. My sister is effectively a 42 year old, severely sleep deprived, single parent.

It was either going to be Katie or her husband that collapsed.

But for me, this article is not just about their wake up call. It is a wake up call for all of us who feel a slave to the life that we have created.

Less Is More

For me, physical ‘things’ should not own our life, rather we should own our life.

When you look deep into your heart, what is it that truly makes you feel contentment in your life?

Is it the big house (and big mortgage), the latest fashions and flash cars?


Or is it, having harmonious relationships, a warm home filled with love, and precious time for ourselves and others that brings us true joy?

Could you be happy with less?

What would that ‘less’ create more space for in your life?

I think it is so important to step back from the whirlwind of life, and think about whether we are on a treadmill that does not serve our true joy.

When you start to really connect with what you truly value in your life, I think you will be surprised by how few of them have big financial overheads.

The Time To Act Is Now

So downsize that house, wear the same clothes for a few seasons, get a banger of a car.

Rejoice in the simplicity of it.

Step out of the world of consumerism before it consumes you.

What would your life look like if you were free to live your true joy?

With love,


4 thoughts on “Why Less Is More

  1. Chris Brown

    Hi Jess,
    Thanks for this insightful post. I’ve known more than a few people like this who push too hard for too long and then crash for a while, then do it again until something really seriously goes wrong. Best of luck to your sister and her family, hopefully you can provide some gentle pointers to steer them towards a more contented life.

    1. Jess Post author

      Thanks Chris. Absolutely, if we don’t listen to the wake up calls in our life then they come back harder and stronger. Fortunately Katie and Ian are listening and moving towards positive changes for their family. One step at a time…

      With love,

      1. Ralph

        Hi, Jess. My own predicament, which started nearly Two years ago, was the reason I initially found my self reading your posts. In the intervening time, I have been treated for Two separate cancers and had a “mini” stroke. These events have dramatically changed my outlook on life but, given the amount of commitments I have, it has proved difficult to break the mould, so to speak! However, having revisited the emails I receive from you, along with my own rediscovered inner strength, I truly believe I can follow the path that is right for me and my family. Thank you x

        1. Jess Post author

          Ralph, thank you for reaching out to me here. I am so sorry to hear of the hardship that you have faced. I know that you can find the opportunity in it to transform your life for the better, as you so beautifully say. An abundant life awaits you. Please take good care of yourself and contact me whenever you like.

          Sending you bright love and blessings


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