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About Simplicity Rebel

At our house we enjoy simplicity. We enjoy spending time together, sharing great meals and fun in the garden, including friends and family to relax and revel in good company and low stress! Of special interest to me is the art of what I refer to as "prosperous frugality". In other words, living simply and inexpensively while maintaining an attitude of prosperity and abundance. Frugality does not mean doing without necessities or feeling deprived. Rather, it is a lifestyle of using what we NEED, graciously sharing with others, and cultivating an attitude of gratitude in all things. This mindset led me to establish The Community GATE...a Give And take Experience, an organization dedicated to strengthening our communities one at a time through personal involvement and neighborly responsibility. I live in the suburbs. I do not live on a huge farm, nor do I have the luxury of an unlimited budget. However, we believe that even with a small piece of ground and a bit of ingenuity, we can bring a significant amount of produce to our table and have enough to share with our neighbors and loved ones. Also dear to my heart is the statement "a penny saved is a penny earned". Sometimes we need to reach out and create more income, while at other times we simply need to carefully reduce wastefulness so that our income goes further. From creative use of kitchen leftovers to thrifty uses of water for the garden, sometimes it is a matter of trimming the waste and using resources we didn't even know we already had! I enjoy bringing old skills back to the modern age, always learning new things along the way! Many skills such as bread baking, sewing, even gardening without excess chemicals or machinery will soon be lost altogether if we do not purposely keep them alive. Not everyone will employ all of these skills, but self-reliance and personal independence demand that someone carry the is my goal to carry it well and pass it forward!

I will seek to act with empathy in all things, putting myself in the other person’s shoes before passing judgment. I will take a breath, listen patiently, and find the common ground. I will choose to give preference to others, … Continue reading

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Greed vs Gift…which economy will we support?

Today, we are all familiar with the “greed economy.” It is governed by the competitive principle that more for you is less for me. It prioritizes luxuries for the few over necessities of the many. It is exclusive to those … Continue reading

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Kitchen gadgets…what do we really need?

At our house, we cook. I mean, we really cook. And bake. And barbecue. We love doing it from scratch, inventing new combinations (new to us, anyway), creating great flavors and nutritious foods. So, it can be tempting to amass gadgets … Continue reading

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Homemade non-toxic deodorant…that works!

My mother is a long-term breast cancer survivor. Her battle has given me pause to consider specific things in life that could be potential cancer risks, and underarm deodorant is one of those things. Now, I will freely admit that … Continue reading

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“A subversive plot: how to grow a revolution in your own backyard”

Hands down, one of the BEST explanations of the importance of the current urban gardening movement. Roger Doiron is on point, using humor alongside inescapable facts to urge us to get out there and grow something. He is the founder and … Continue reading

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Food is Free Project arrives in Burien, WA!

The Food Is Free Project, Burien chapter, has arrived! The FIFP was founded in 2012 by some folks who wanted to see their neighborhood come together and support one another in the area of food security. From the ground up … Continue reading

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A gifting and sharing economy in real life

“Economy”…just say the word and a great number of people cringe. It’s all about money, right? Buying and selling, investing to make more money, how to wisely spend or save money, strategies for earning more money, just money, money, money. … Continue reading

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Stop, drop, and roll…existing in a state of future shock

“Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.” ~Alvin Toffler, Future Shock 1970 In 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler published his work called Future … Continue reading

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The GATE swings open in a new area!

Our newest group serving the communities of Tacoma, University Place, and Parkland is now open! Residents interested in connecting with that local group can join in right here: For more information about our local giving and sharing community groups, … Continue reading

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Someone else’s garden…

Spring is just around the corner and around our house the gardens are coming to life. Even where it is more weeds than plants breaking the surface, it is always exciting to see greenery begin to push through the sun-warmed … Continue reading

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