Do you ever give your self a word, or a mission, or a phrase to cling onto? Something that makes decisions easier and priorities clearer. Will and I started prioritizing early on in our relationship. Underneath God and our relationship, we put family. This helps us make so many important (and maybe seemingly insignificant) decisions clearer and easier.
I have never chosen a word for a year before now. Sure, I have set new years resolutions that I rarely, if ever, keep, but this year I am approaching things differently. I have set personal and professional goals, as well as giving myself a word to focus on. To be my driving force for learning and growing in 2019.
My word is Simplify.
Much in the way that people say “don’t put yourself in debt during the holidays to show people how generous you are, or how much you love them,” my approach to Simplifying is very similar. I view Simplifying as a way to gain freedom. Freedom from overcommitting. Freedom from clutter. Freedom from being overwhelmed. Freedom from feeling obligated. It is a means to prioritize, and that prioritizing begins with practical steps, that turn into habits, that change the way you look at things, so that the things you look at change.
Some practical steps I have already taken include deleting unused and unwanted apps from my phone and turning off notifications for basically everything. I already feel this freedom. There is much less pressure—much less anxiety—much less obligation when I look at my phone.
Other practical steps include cleaning out the fridge every time I go grocery shopping. Making the bed every day. Throwing out expired medications. Keeping lists on my phone for easy access at grocery stores. Reducing the trips I make to stores so that I have more time for my family and other priorities. Making a master spreadsheet for my photography business to simplify keeping track of everything for myself and my taxes. Getting rid of clothing that has holes, that I never wear, and that doesn’t bring me joy.
I am so excited to dive into Simplifying my life this year and to experience the freedom it brings. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? For ways that I can Simplify in 2019?
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Until next time,