But, despite what I have just said, I have made a goal for the year. Simplify. Sounds easy right?
The kind of simplicity I am seeking involves these elements:
- Physically – The first and obvious thing we think of when we hear “simplify” is stuff. That’s included. Stuff that clutters, that hasn’t been used, that can be donated to benefit someone else and those things that do not add to a peaceful, relaxing space in our home has been put on notice. The physical simplicity I am embracing also includes the healthful changes for my body to live my life fully. Healthful food, activity, time outdoors, time in the garden are all part of simplifying my physical world. On the flip side, if I see something that makes my heart smile, I’m going to have permission to add it to my world. My heart deserves to do a lot more smiling.
- Mentally and Emotionally – Perhaps it’s a function of aging (er, wisdom), but I have officially been given permission by my soul, to eliminate the thoughts, influences and messages that are soul-crushing, dream-choking, hope-limiting in my life. If that comes along with certain people or activities in my life, I will bid you a kind adieu and lovingly appreciate you, but not invest in something that is not good for me.
- Financially – We are on a path to “snowball” our finances and get out of debt. Living simply in your means is the greatest kind of peace. Saving for trips or other experiences is our focus vs. the newest, latest, greatest. We are so blessed.
- Spiritually – Everyone has their own version of this space. I’ve had a long time of focusing on the wrong things, but that’s over. I am looking forward, giving myself authority to enjoy the life we have and making deliberate choices about who, what and how we live. It has nothing to do with acceptance, appearance or admonition. It is simply the longing of soul to live in a way that makes a difference in this world and helps, in some small way, to make it a better place.
Finally, simplicity is really about being authentic. Not something more or less than I am. Constantly growing, looking outward and living honestly. I have some work to do, but this goal makes me prickle with excitement! You see, I am absolutely convinced this is going to be the best year yet and am looking forward to living it fully.