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When asked how he created his masterpiece, Michelangelo said, “It was easy. You just chip away that which does not look like David.” What if our lives are our masterpiece? What if we chipped away all that was unnecessary, all the clutter and the busyness, and focused on that which really mattered – our passions and our relationships. In this talk, Maura Malloy invites us on her path to simple living – stemming from backpacking through India to budgeting in grad school, from embracing an artist’s lifestyle in New York City to settling down with a husband (and a baby on the way) in Indianapolis – introducing us to tools on how to discover your own personal masterpiece.

Maura is a screenwriter who moonlights as an organizer and stylist, while sharing her path to simple living on her blog, A Serene Space. She has several film projects in various stages of development including: the web series Dream Boat recently wrapped production of a pilot episode, and the features AN ILLUMINATED LIFE and OUR REVELS are currently in development. AN ILLUMINATED LIFE, a biopic about J.P Morgan’s right-hand woman who passed as white during the turn of the century, and OUR REVELS, a modern day platonic love story, will both with star Tessa Thompson.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx