Simplify Your Life

“There is no life rewind button”

Our names are Brent and Claire Ruru (The Ruru’s) and we are an ordinary couple of middle-aged Kiwi’s from Aotearoa – New Zealand (to the right of Australia in the Pacific).

From our coal-face experiences, we have worked out what matters most, plan to do-it, have fun ticking whatever it is off – to feel good about having experienced it whilst doing it, and when reflecting on it.

The emotional difference between “we’re happy we did it” versus “we wish we had of done it” is unbelievably significant.

Regardless of whatever the ‘what matters most’ is – whether careers, life balance, health, family, or mates.

Put simply, we dream it, design it, and do it.

Especially while our bodies still can or before we lose our marbles or before the inevitable, we die.

It might read a little ‘naffy’ however, it’s a sense of “meaningful excitement” that we believe everyone can engage with to reach some aspect of greater happiness.

Brent authored and self-illustrated an autobiographical book to impart steps on how to pursue what matters most titled “Re-Kindle You, Dream ∙ Design ∙ Do – From Goal Setting to Goal Getting”.

Chapter 8 ‘Lives Re-Kindled’ includes testimonial stories from a bunch of folk and how the steps helped the authors to arrive at a place of pursuing more of what matters most.

Goal setting does play an integral part in helping anyone become a better them.

With some simple focus, a growth mindset, some discipline, grimace, and grin moments, and being held accountable during your trajectory or journey – as the saying goes, “the world is your oyster.”

We don’t even like eating oysters!

Notwithstanding, we are grateful for the big-hairy adventurous experiences we’ve done.  Plus all the in-betweens. A never-ending collection of pearls!

This site is as much about us sharing our travel adventures to entertain our tribe of followers in a “story-telling comic” style of journaling, as much as it is about sharing some tools we discovered useful to live a smarter life with some purpose, substance, and meaning.

And importantly remembering, each one to their own.

Hopefully, you will find something here that enthuses you to pursue more of what excites you.

Whatever your meaningful excitement may be.

While your body still can or before you too start losing your marbles, or the inevitable.


Because we have only one lifetime on this planet to cram as many grins in as we can.

There is no life rewind button.

Let the mourner’s grimace!


In a nutshell:

Claire is a contract Bookkeeper and Brent is a Funeral Director, Celebrant, and Speaker.  We reside in Christchurch (Aotearoa – New Zealand); embrace minimalism, enjoy micro-adventuring equally as much as BIG hairy audacious ones; volunteer; mentor; public speak sharing our adventure travel escapades with a message; and have adult children whom we still play board games with.

“They connected with the audience and had an inspirational message that was just what my audience needed. They were fun and passionate which makes any presentation go really well.”
– Mike Caton, ‘Inspired’ Seminar Series Founder (

Claire’s full CV – please click on this Linkedin link

Brent’s full CV – please click on this Linkedin link