I know what you’re thinking… BORING! Right? Ok, I’ll admit that I am slightly Type A… but not to the point of rigidity (LOL) and aside from that, I do wholeheartedly believe that living an organised life doesn’t have to mean living a boring life. If anything, it’s quite the opposite: living an organised life generally equates to living more efficiently and having the time to be present and enjoy.
Today, more than ever – simplicity may seem out of reach. We are raised to believe that busy is best and this is hugely ingrained in our minds and being. It is common – almost celebrated – to have a busy, stressful job that sees you working 40+ hours a week. Taking work home, answering emails on your phone and always being ‘on’ is expected. And children aren’t exempt to this either. After school activities, homework, sports, music, languages and the list goes on. We are busy, busy, busy. All the time.
On the contrary, the thought of working only 3 days a week, or our kids not participating in 5 different extra-curricular activities can leave us feeling like we aren’t doing ‘enough’. We aren’t ‘keeping up’. At what point did this happen? At what point did life get so over complicated and so intense?
What if I told you that living more simply, doesn’t mean you don’t partake in life? It doesn’t mean saying no to everything and living the life of a hermit. Instead, it means rediscovering our values, what fires us up each day – and putting those at the forefront of our life.
Making the decision to simplify your life is a holistic one. It’s near impossible to simplify one area, without having a flow on affect to the rest of your lifestyle. You may have preconceived ideas that simple living means saying no to everything and living life as a hermit. While it is more than just getting rid of your things or clearing out your calendar, it doesn’t mean forgoing fun and adventure. Instead, it’s really looking at your life and diving in to rediscover your values, what fires you up each day – and putting those at the forefront of your life.
Simple living takes the brave step of deciding: I want more than my to-do list, I want more than being busy and distracted. I want more: calm, time, space, love, relationship – what ever speaks to your soul.
There are so many ways to get started on a more simple life. And so many different aspects that we can incorporate in our life – not all will resonate with you, so you need to tune out the white noise and read, listen and research to find out what will work for you – what will create more space in your life to relax, enjoy and be present.
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In all honesty, money has been an issue much of my adult life. You really aren’t taught about finances at high school (well, we weren’t in the early 2000’s anyway) and then when you hit University the banks come out with these “amazing deals”. Interest free overdraft and a credit card. Of course you get them – and then you spend it until before you know it, the interest free period it up and you suddenly owe a ton more money!
As a ‘proper’ adult now (haha, what even is that!) I definitely look back at my younger years and think ‘wtf’ I definitely could have saved money and what not. But I lived, and I had fun. I partied and I travelled. So that’s a positive!
However, since having kids and a brand new perspective on finances – I’ve really come to understand that we don’t need to be a slave to our finances. Much of our habits today are from years of consumer conditioning – being exposed to all the adverts of what we need to buy. More often than not, we work more so we can afford all of the things (the nice things at that). And it becomes a loop – of busy, stressful work, and shopping. But never actually having time to enjoy the things we’ve purchased.
Simplifying your money doesn’t mean being a scrooge! It allows you to take a look at where you are, and where you want to be. It creates space to dive into what’s important to you and to rid those social constructs that we’ve been led to believe are the be all and end all.
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Straight up, the first thing that prevents you from living the life you want – rather than the life that is expected of you – is that you don’t know what you really want.
Stop and think about it. Have you sat down and truly thought about what you want from life? Have you ever defined or gained clarity on what is truly important to you?