Simplifying Life

When I chose the word simple for the year, I knew I wanted to get back to the basics in many aspects of my life, so that's why I went with simple. There are a lot of ways to look at the word simple and for me focusing on what matters and letting everything else go is really where I want to head.

Sometimes simplifying life can be as easy as saying no to things…I know, many people struggle with saying no. That is not something I struggle with. It can also be as easy as saying yes. Saying yes to family time, to adventures with the kids over running errands. Yes to picnic dinners over structured ones at the table.

One way I really have been trying to simplify my life with for a while, probably since the fall of last year, has been with my phone. I don't carry it around my house anymore. We don't have a house phone, so if I am expecting a call from some place important (like the doctor's office or something) I will keep it close. Otherwise I don't. When I get the urge to do something, I pick up the newspaper or grab a soduku book to play with. Sometimes I don't get back to people right away. But really, does it REALLY matter if I don't respond to a text in the first minute and instead get back to someone an hour later?

There are other things I have done too. I have took the word simple literally and have cleared out a bunch of clutter from our house. Do we really need a ginormous dvd collection anyway?! I have worked on simplifying the food we eat. By simple, I mean getting back to the basics. Healthy food.

I have never been one that says yes to busy. That isn't my problem. Simple, enjoying the moment, drinking it all in. That is what I enjoy. And I want to make sure distractions of life don't get in the way of what I truly love.

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