About the Author – Jenna Gruen

I live in a modest, 1932 house in the Midwest.  My gutters are leaking, so I’m trying to figure that out.  A few trees need trimming and one of the retaining walls is crumbling a bit.  Oh, and I also have a bad case of creeping charlie in the back yard, but I only see it for 6 months of the year, since the rest of the time, it’s under snow.  I don’t own any fancy kitchen gadgets, though I cook six days a week.  I graduated from law school over 20 years ago.  I don’t practice law – it was crushing my simplsoul.  I do work for a law firm as a marketer.  My wife and I are in the midst of launching our kids.  We’ve had some challenges with our kids – more than some and less than others.  But ultimately, having kids is what necessitated the simplicity, or I was simply going to end up in the loony bin.

The more things I possess, the more I just have to figure out how to fix them.  Less is definitely more.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not into deprivation or suffering.  We do have a pretty nice bathroom.  It’s small, with a nice stall shower.  I have a good set of cutlery.  I drive solid, but base model cars.  I can’t imagine needing more than the already-included touch screen and connectivity.  My iphone is always last year’s model (or the year before that) and my bicycle, which I ride several times a week, is 25 years old.  It’s scratched and beaten up, but has a smooth ride.