About Me

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 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 the job. 

Then, I burned out. The long hours and the pressure had taken a toll on me physically and mentally. 


I was stressed out, a nervous wreck. I was physically and emotionally exhausted. 


I realized I couldn't keep doing what I had been doing. Getting to that point 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.  

Living a simpler and slower life changed me in significant ways:


My mindset, home, spending patterns, work, and free time have all changed for the better because I changed my mindset about what matters in life.  


With this website, I hope to inspire you to learn more about simple and intentional living. I hope you find the information on the site useful and practical. 

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. 




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