I’m on this quest for simplicity, but from speaking to my husband and friends, I know that simplicity looks different to different people. To one person simplicity might mean owning less stuff. For another, it might mean their things are organized and in place. For someone it might mean eating meals with simple ingredients. Someone else might see it as simply eating less.
I felt like I needed to define what it means for me to simplify. Because I want to be as I move forward. So here is what a simple life looks like to me.
A simple life is a life lived with passion and moves toward that passion. Because when the focus is on the passion, then I can make my time more effective, life more rewarding, relationships more intimate and golden. When passion tingles in my belly, I feel joy more closely and the smallest of moments feel monumental.
A simple life is focused on people and not things. This means family and friends are put before material possessions. This means that I should surround myself with people who contribute to my passion and so they contribute to my joy.
In a simple life, I don’t buy material goods for the sake of buying. I buy, instead for need. And the things that I have will be lessened. No one needs all that I have. I’m so so fortunate. But it’s time to share what’s all around me for the sake of simplicity.
A simple life is focused on quality. Always quality over quantity. I know that when I look for the quality, when I focus on it, then relationships, work, and passion are all stronger and more rewarding.
A simple life doesn’t get tangled in the what ifs and the overthinking. It means I’m not bogged down with overthinking and I haven’t committed myself to every activity under the sun because I feel obligated. Life isn’t defined by what ifs and have to-s because it’s focused on living in the moment now.
I know that these guidelines will probably shift and change. They’ll grow and adapt to my life as I work toward simplification. But they’re the foundation that I’m going to start with for these 30 Days.