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Teresa Carey —
The Art Of Living, Simply

By Jeanne Craig
Published: April/May 2013
Photo of Teresa Carey

Teresa Carey

Henry David Thoreau isn't wildly popular in book clubs these days and his work isn't heatedly discussed at cocktail parties, particularly those that draw a 30-something crowd. But Teresa Carey isn't your typical 33-year-old. This lifelong sailor has an affinity for Thoreau's belief in the joy of living simply in natural surroundings, and she'll even go so far as to compare her Nor'sea 27 to his cabin on Walden Pond.

"There's an undeniable bond between simplicity and happiness," says Carey, who, as it turns out, steadfastly practices what Thoreau started preaching back in the 1800s. "For me to be happy, I have to live with less, because I know the basic things will always be there for me."

In 2009, Carey started a blog titled "Sailing Simplicity and the Pursuit of Happiness" ( The subject that inspired her to take up writing was a dramatic change in lifestyle: Months before, at the age of 30, she gave up a stable job, a car and a comfortable, land-based home to move aboard a 27-foot Nor'sea sailboat, Daphne, with her cat for company. Having pared down her possessions and consolidated her commitments, she went sailing for two years.

Photo of Teresa Carey with Ben Eriksen
Teresa Carey with Ben Eriksen.

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