It’s been a long time since I have written. At times this blog weighs heavy on me and I feel as though I should just give it up. But, there is something inside of me that holds on to it. I don’t know if there is anyone out there reading it, or if people will come, but I can’t worry about that. This writing has to be for me and if anyone finds it interesting or helpful, then it’s an added benefit.

Today I want to talk about simplifying life. I do like the word ‘minimalism,’ but I feel as though it is both overused and hard to define. Some minimalists have 30 pieces of clothing in their closets, some 40, and some carry all of their clothes in a backpack. I don’t want to have to count or worry about a label and so I choose to just use the word SIMPLIFY.

Marie Kondo, in her KonMari method, says that we should keep things that spark joy. I don’t agree. There are some things, memories, experiences in my life that bring me sadness such as saying goodbye to my parents and brother, that I don’t want to let go of. I hold on to these memories because they are a part of me and help to define who I am.

I just want to simplify. That means that I have to look at what I have, what takes my time, and what I want to do next and ask some questions.

Here is what I’m trying to do:

  • How do I spend my time? Am I able to work reflection time into my daily life? How about a walk?
  • What can I give up so that I have more quiet time? Whether it be material things or a job that no longer fits or old habits like shopping or social media or tv…..everything needs to be examined.
  • What am I going to do with my ‘simple life?’ Do I have to produce to feel relavant?
  • At the end of each day can I let go of the guilt that creeps in when I didn’t do all of the above???

So, each day takes on a new direction, like this blog…..