I’m a bit late to the theme word for the year party but one has just popped up for me and I wanted to write about it.
I want to focus on simplifying my life. Simplifying the approach I take to things.
Keep it simple
I have been reading a number of blogs that have a ‘simple’ focus for a while now particularly Home Life Simplified and The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom). I love them both and have learned a lot but somehow it was all sitting outside of me. I hadn’t internalised it.
Something just clicked for me about 10 days ago – I yearn for things to be simpler. Why can’t life be simpler?(!!)
It dawned on me that I have a tendency to complicate things, making them much harder than they need to be. This leads to avoidance, paralysis even, and on to feelings of frustration, guilt and general self flagellation. And not actually achieving what I wanted in the first place. Gah!!
Why am I complicating things so much? I need to do some more soul searching on this but I suspect perfectionism is sometimes the cause, a fear of failure plus a deep-seated belief that I’m not good enough, not worthy enough to succeed.
Aiming for simplicity is where I’m heading. Peace and ease will hopefully emerge. And from there, other feelings can be nurtured. I want to feel invigorated, radiant.
Where to start?
My blog posts for one. Don’t make them harder than they need to be. Write from the heart, add one or two photos (without them having to be ‘perfect’), proof read and hit publish. This blog is a creative outlet for me, not about pleasing or impressing anyone else.
Household paperwork. Just get it done. As much as I love organising blogs, I don’t need a Pinterest worthy system to achieve my desired outcome – bills paid, taxes up to date, relevant paperwork easily accessible.
Journal writing. Just scribble it out. Don’t wait to find the perfect system or have fully formed thoughts. Let it flow.
I’m sure I could add much more to the list but then I’d be spending more time complicating this process of simplifying my life and continuing to tie myself in knots rather than unravelling them.
Committing to simplicity by putting it in writing is giving me a feeling of release, a sense of freedom. Deep breaths, sighs are happening spontaneously. Exhale… Here I go, off to just simply do some paperwork.
Do you sometimes over complicate things? How do you cut through and simplify things?