How I Simplify | Do’s and Don’ts

Today I wanted to write about the complicated balance of simplifying a busy, modern lifestyle.

I think we can all raise our hand and admit that we are far busier than we would like to be and if you don’t feel that way then perhaps you could write this post better than I could.

My life is busy and rushed and hectic and as long as I can remember it’s always been that way.

It has been about two years since I really began to embrace a more simplified lifestyle or have at least tried to and I have accumulated a few do’s and don’ts around what works and what doesn’t.

Do | Always plan out your weeks and days as best as you can, if you can plan out your month do that too.

Never ever rush into a new week or start your day with little to no idea of what needs to get done otherwise time and energy will be wasted.

It doesn’t matter how busy you are, everything that needs to be done can be done if it is properly planned out.

Do | Create off days and time for hobbies or other pleasurable activities.

All work and no play is not only a miserable way to live but also sets you up for a long awaited burn out.

It is so important for more simplified living to create an off day every week were work, household chores, and whatever usually takes your time is set aside for a day of pure rest and enjoyment.

It is also just as important to create a slot of time each day for something creative and enjoyable. By that I don’t mean for you to take an hour to stare blurry eyed at a tv but to take time to do something that makes your soul happy.

Whether that be taking an hour to write before bed or taking a break mid afternoon to bake a cake is yours to choose as long as it is something that you love and will look forward to doing.

Don’t | Never start your day off in a rush, even if you have work early in the morning, always try to beat the clock and find a few moments of slow movement and quite before you start your day.

If you begin your day feeling stressed and frazzled there’s a good chance that is how the entire day will continue to be.

Do | Set realistic goals for yourself. There is nothing more taxing than setting a mountain worth of goals on your chest and never being able to come even close to achieving them.

Take a day and decide what is really important to you and what you really feel you need and set those things as realistic goals to work towards.

Once those items have been marked off of your list you can always begin to work on those higher goals that you have always wanted to achieve.

Don’t | Don’t try to compete with others, just don’t.

Nobody’s lifestyle is perfect and no fad or expectations of others are worth throwing your peace of mind away for.

Some people will not understand your desire for a simpler life and that is okay, you have your path and they have theirs and there is no point in trying to compete with someone who has different goals in life than you do.

 

A simplified lifestyle isn’t always easy to achieve but it is well worth the effort.

 

 

 

It’s the Little Things: Lessons in Slow Living

Today is about the little things. I tell myself this as I push through with the few hours of sleep I had the night before, that precious time having been assaulted by one of my worst migraines yet.

This blog post isn’t about chronic illnesses but I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that it was very much my illness that helped me to see how important those little things are.

When you live in a constant cycle of sickness you really start to noticing and greatly appreciate the importance of little accomplishments and moments of pleasure in life.

Life is made up of little moments, moments that can so easily go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We look to the lives of others and often envy the excitement and the adventures that they have in their life, thinking that our dull and routine based existence is incomparable.

We are seduced by the idea of living outrageously and freely and since few of us actually have the ability to live our life like that we tend to try to live through the lives of others.

If we spend so much time wishing away the quiet days and the weeks that often run into the other, we risk missing those moments in life that can bring just as much joy.

A large part of slow living is the act of seeing those things around you and not being so caught up in the whirlwind of thoughts and dreams that we miss the beauty that has already blossomed in your life.

Like I mentioned in my post on lessons in solitude: finding joy through silence  here, there is a certain kind of beauty when it comes to silence and solitude and enjoying your own company.

It is the little and seemingly unimportant things in life that make it worth living. Too much excitement and adventure will eventually catch up to you but living your life aware of those precious moments found in stillness will help to nourish you daily.

So pause. Pause your body, pause your mind, pause the need to keep moving, and look around you. Stop looking for perfect or amazing and see the ordinary things that you’ve been over looking all along.

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. we risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary ~ Brene Brown