Recently a sweet reader emailed me about time management and simplicty, hoping "to be able to benefit from [my] habits and structure." Ummm... about that... You see, I'm trying to simplify and pare down and find more time just like everyone else! She talked about struggling to find a balance in her life as a new mom and looking for fulfillment and greater peace (me too!). For her, the answer was greater simplicity, she just wasn't sure how to go about making it happen. I wish I had the answer. Like so many things, I don't think there is one answer or a quick fix, but rather many small changes that gradually amount to something greater.
And so, in honor of baby steps, and for this reader and so many others (including, and especially, myself!), I am resolving to implement small changes each week that will bring me closer to my own goal of a life lived more simply, more streamlined, more focused on the important and less on the "static," toward a life more marked by simplicity. I hope you'll join me and share your own small steps, ideas, and progress along the way.
Simplicity comes in myriad forms and can touch all aspects of our lives. There's a difference too, between simplicty and convenience. For me, saving time by prepping for several meals at once brings me a feeling of greater simplicity, while picking up dinner at a drive-through does not, even though it may save time. I'm looking for ways to cut out time-wasters while increasing the time I spend on important things like my kiddos. I'm also looking for simplicity in areas such as what I put into my body (homemade bread, for example, though a bit more time-consuming, still counts because it's a simpler food (less ingredients) and has traveled fewer miles to get to my table), how I travel, what I consume, etc.
I'll try and cover a variety of areas: food, time management, kids, consumer goods, daily living and homemaking. I'm excited; I'm feeling more zen already! Do you have any ideas about good steps to take toward simplicity? Or areas you're trying to de-crazy and bring a little more peace and balance to?
PS Speaking of simple foods, Margot over at Old School posted my almond milk tutorial. Go have a look if you missed it here!