My name is Anita Chastain.
I'm a writer with more than 20 years' experience in education and corporate training. I have an MBA in Management and a B.A. in Psychology.
Here's My Story
For most of the last 20+ years, I taught people the skills they need to move ahead with their careers. I taught for public and private institutions and worked as a manager in corporate America.
I've always found work to be incredibly rewarding. In fact, I loved to work. I would even say I was a workaholic, so much so that work was often the top priority in my life.
I took my work seriously and enjoyed it. Fifty hour work weeks and working weekends didn't phase me. I accepted the idea that long hours were part of my job.
Then, I burned out. It was too much, I was miserable.
I was physically and emotionally exhausted and a stressed-out nervous wreck.
I realized I couldn't keep doing what I had been doing. Getting to that mindset was a process, not an overnight decision.
But once I reached that point, I was ready for change.
So I quit my full-time job and started writing and occasionally teaching for the nearby community college.
My primary goal was to live a more fulfilling life. One that was slower and simpler.
I wanted to work fewer hours and lead a less complicated life, so I set about recreating my life.
It took some time - and several challenges along the way - but I finally created a life that works for me.
My Life Today
Today, I'm happier, healthier, and more at peace with myself and my work.
I slowed down, and it changed my life for the better.
No life is perfect, but mine is more balanced and more liveable. I'm happier with me and my life in general.
I like to think I've happified my life. And that's what inspired me to start this website.
This is a place for inspiration and hope. My goal is to share information and ideas to inspire you to live a simpler and more meaningful life, if undertaking that journey appeals to you.
I hope you find the information on the site useful and practical. (See the update on the Home page for more about what to expect from Simple Life 365 in the coming year.)
No matter what life holds for you in the future, I hope your journey will be as rewarding as mine has been.
If you have questions, please reach out to me using the contact form below or by sending an email to anita (@) simplelife365.com.