Over the last few years I’ve spent time in January thinking of the year ahead and what I’d like to see and achieve. I’m not one for unattainable goals and self improvement resolutions as you know, from my recent New Year, Same Me post, but I like to pick a word to inspire me. It’s not a woo woo kind of thing where the word has some magic properties, it just encapsulates what I’d like the year to reflect.
Last year my word was grace and oh boy was it put to the test at times!
For this year while working through Jen Carrington‘s book, Your Wholehearted Year, I grabbed a piece of paper and started to jot down ideas for words that could reflect 2018 for me, both personally and professionally.
I kept coming back to the same word.
S i m p l i f y
Like most families these days we live busy lifestyles, with dictated draws on our time, whether it’s children’s hobbies and activities, our own, our overflowing business responsibilities or most probably all of the above. Familial and professional responsibilities are often non-negotiables. So how do we cut back and focus on what’s necessary and important instead of facing that uneasy sense of overwhelm.
This is where simplify comes in.
What can go that we just don’t need?
What can I change to make things run more seemlessly?
What can we do differently as a family to make the most of our quality time together?
One of the big things we’re working on to help simplify is decluttering.
I should I say I’m working on it.. my children are yet to embrace this and let go of their hoarding ways! I’ve made a little headway with my youngest and have managed a small bag of toys she’s grown out of for charity and a bag a rubbish and broken toys for the bin. But oh boy, her negotiating skills are something else!
I’m a firm advocate of William Morris’ wisdom,
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’
It’s just a shame my children have very different definitions of beautiful and useful to my own!
It’s a learning curve for all of us and I need to remember that and let each person go at their own pace. As frustrating as that can be at times. The last thing I want is this intention to simplify to become a source of stress.
I would like us to be more mindful of what we buy and bring into the house. Less clutter and less waste being key in that. The girls are keen to do this, especially after watching Blue Planet, the marine documentary. They want us to use less plastic and less electricity, which I’m one hundred percent behind.
All this is key to us embracing a more minimalist lifestyle. Slow living and minimalism are two movements, (excuse how lala that sounds!) that are so appealing to me. I’m really enjoying reading blog posts in these genres and following Instagram accounts to encourage it. Of course there’s an Pinterest board to help me too, I’ll share it at the bottom of this post.
Above all else simplifying should not be chore or a goal, it is a word and an intention. I’m not going to stress or get worked up about it, after all that is the opposite of what we’re trying to be like! This isn’t about resolutions or a having set of goals to work to doggedly and rigidly, it’s a shift in mindset and an opportunity to be more mindful in the choices I make and that we make for our family. It’s supposed to be helpful, not a hindrance to our lives.
What do you think of choosing a word to reflect your intentions for the year?
Got any bloggers or instagrammers that I should follow for inspiration? Please do link them below.