Over the weekend I pulled out some of my old journals. I do this every now and then just to check in and revisit some of those good ole' days. But it's usually a bit of an emotional roller coaster, paging through the past, thinking about what was and what could have been. But also confirming that where I am now was meant to be and I am so grateful for the rocky road I took.Read More
I need simple so I can spend less time making decisions, less time cleaning up and organizing, less time being distracted and less time trying so hard to "keep it all together." I need simple so I can see more clearly the life I want to live and actually live it. So I can have more moments of listening to my daughter laugh, walking our dog, spending time with my husband and cooking from scratch. I want to savor these times more, rather than multitasking my way through them.Read More
Don't you hate when something you see sparks your creativity, but you can't seem to capture it because you're on the move? You try your best to remember it later, but it gets lost among your sea of thoughts. We all go about our business, day in and day out. Creativity is right there with us, but sometimes it's hard to capture those morsels of inspiration when we have other things going on.Read More
I'm learning that trying to maintain a simple lifestyle with a young child can be very difficult. She's growing up so quickly and week by week she's needing bigger clothes, new foods to try and different toys to keep her attention.
But I also think that keeping things simple now, will help us as she grows and transitions into each new milestone. More than ever, it is important for us to keep the extra stuff at a minimum so that we can spend more time with her as she grows, and less time managing her things. Really, she doesn't need much at this point. Instead of buying yet another gadget, putting our money towards her future education or travels would be a lot more beneficial. And she seems perfectly content with what she has right now...apparently chewing on socks and wooden spoons brings her plenty of joy!Read More
I know firsthand that the quest to simplify can be really hard — but it’s important. Why?
Because many of us are on the brink of losing who we are and forgetting what we want thanks to television, social media, shopping, and clutter. These distractions buzz around us constantly and make it difficult to stop, focus, reflect and just be. I have to constantly bring myself back to reality and make a conscious effort to reacquaint myself with my inner zen. It shouldn’t be that hard.
I can’t change those outside influences, but I know they will always be there. I can only change me and how I want to filter all those things. Here are a few things I've started to do every day to help me with this:Read More
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." Confucius
Lists, piles, papers. Thoughts bouncing here and there, ideas, things to remember all swirly around in my head. Projects, artwork, books to read and things to put away. Post-holiday clutter, e-mails, photos, clothes, groceries. Stuff to buy, stuff to organize, stuff to clean and stuff to manage.
All this "stuff" is part of life and it can get really crazy if we sit back and let it control us. Well I don't want that to happen anymore because all these things have made me feel so cluttered, full, distracted and tired. I don't want to lose the vibrancy of life, but rather savor it and enjoy it. I no longer want to clutter it with unnecessary things. Too many options, too much complexity, societal expecations, marketing gimmicks and material possessions have only taken me further away from me and the life I want to lead.Read More