30 December 2018

Simplifying My Way Into 2019

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I always strive to find the perfect balance and seek simplicity. Several of my posts and writings seem to always circle back to a common theme; a goal of minimizing the clutter in my life (both literally and figuratively) and focusing on how to embrace the simple life that is filled with meaning and purpose.

So what do all these words exactly mean?
What exactly is balance? What does it mean to simplify your life?

Honestly, I don't have an answer. It's something I take a day at a time and figure out as I go.

I do know one thing, I have made a conscious effort to minimize the amount of "stuff" in my home and this progress has brought me a sense of calmness. With less clutter in your life there is less anxiety and stress. These days, I make mindful purchases. I always ask myself, do I like what I am buying, do I need this item, does it serve a purpose to me, my home or my family? If the answer is no, then chances are I don't really need to make that purchase. Yes, it is partly about spending my money wisely, but it is also about respecting my home and only bringing in items that I enjoy and need. Bringing new items into my home should offer joy and excitement.

One area I need to concentrate on is being more mindful of those around me. While we can simplify the environment that surrounds us, we can also simply our relationships. Just like our home, those too can become cluttered. And as I mentioned above, often times with clutter comes anxiety and stress. My goal for 2019 is to release any expectations that I have of others. I often find myself getting upset with others because of their actions or lack of actions, for the words they choose to use or not use and the simple fact that their priorities don't align with mine. I need to accept others for who they are, I need to accept all of their qualities. And if their values differ than mine and if they bring negativity into my life and my family, then it's okay to give that relationship space.

We've all heard the quote "Think positive, be positive & positive things will happen." Well, yes, that is true. But it is more than that. You can think away all you want, but you need to act. If you want positivity in your life, go out and make it happen. Make changes. Become a better person. Surround yourself with positive people. Eat healthy. Get fit. Live intentionally. Live with a purpose.

And if doing this takes simplifying and clearing away the clutter in your life, whether it's objects or relationships, then make that change happen.

"If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living."
Gail Sheehy

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