The 3-Day Workweek: It’s possible!

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work less, maybe 3- or 4-day work week, and yet still make a great income that will provide for you and your family? This lifestyle design concept of a 4-hour workweek was introduced to us by Tim Ferriss a [...]

By |2021-08-03T12:35:57+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Baby Boomers, bucket list, freedom, motivation, trending|Comments Off on The 3-Day Workweek: It’s possible!

How To Downsize Your Sentimental Clutter 

Live A Life That Is More Free And Happy After You Downsize And Declutter  Is clutter overrunning and overwhelming your life? Do you feel as though you can’t get rid of clutter because of your sentimental attachment to it? I’m Rita Wilkins, the Downsizing Designer. Not so long ago, I was able to simplify my life through downsizing and decluttering. After going [...]

How a REVERSE BUCKET LIST can reboot and reignite your life and your career

By Rita Wilkins The Downsizing Designer One of the most talked-about subjects of our time and at this stage of our lives, is how to successfully navigate these uncertain times so we can not only survive, but thrive in life. In Bruce Feiler’s new book, Life Is in the Transitions, he refers to times of great [...]

By |2021-01-04T14:58:56+00:00November 24th, 2020|bucket list, lifestyle, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How a REVERSE BUCKET LIST can reboot and reignite your life and your career

Empty Nester? What’s Next?

You just dropped off your youngest child at college and moved him into his dorm.  The ride home seems longer.  It’s quiet and tearful. You walk through the front door of your home where there are no more lacrosse sticks or gym bags to trip over.  There are no dirty socks on the family room [...]

Secrets to Living a Vacation Mindset Everyday

It was sure a bitter cold evening, a fire was blazing in the fireplace, and we carefully sipped the hot toddies that we cupped in our hands. I was sitting between my beloved ex-mother and father-in-law on their tiny, well-worn loveseat. I listened intently to story after story of their many trips taken during their [...]

New towns and new friends

Rita Good morning, and welcome to day 23 of my 30 day journey to the South of France and today I'm here with a new friend Patricia Brooks.  We're in this beautiful town that she chose to move to just a little over a couple of months ago, right?   Patricia I’ve been in France [...]

Discovering the Life I Love

Good afternoon. I just arrived in Marseille a few hours ago and I'm settling in to my tiny little hotel room on the fourth floor overlooking a beautiful tree line street.  A little jet lagged, but so excited to be here and to share my new adventure with you. Little did I know when I [...]

Welcome to my 30 day journey, working three playing four remotely in the south of France.

What is it about packing? Does anyone else have the same problem that I do? I started last week, five edits later, one carry on for 30 days in multiple locations in the south of France. But did I really need three yellow tops and three blue dresses?  As I was packing, I heard myself [...]

By |2020-12-16T17:33:15+00:00July 2nd, 2019|A Peak into Your Good Life, Baby Boomers, bucket list, community, Concepts, downsizing, empty nest, freedom, lifestyle, minimalism, motivation, personal growth, retirement, simplicity, simplify your life, Start Your Good Life, Starting the Good Life, time, travel|Comments Off on Welcome to my 30 day journey, working three playing four remotely in the south of France.

Countdown to My Digitial Nomad Journey to France – Day 1

Six more days, until I leave for the south of France for 30 days. In January of this year, I had this dream to go on an adventure that I'd never been on before. I decided to live for one month as a digital nomad somewhere in the world. So I picked France, not too [...]


By Rita S. Wilkins, The Downsizing Designer As a young girl growing up in Germany, our family of seven took frequent road trips to neighboring countries. Our mom was usually the instigator of these adventures. Dad was the consummate planner. In so many ways, they were the perfect team. She was curious, a learner, a [...]

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