I have been contemplating writing this post for so long now! It is after all one of the things that made me want to get back into blogging in the first place. With so much going through my thoughts, and going on with my life lately……I have just really been craving simplicity.
The realization that I am craving simplicity in my life didn’t happen overnight. It has been and will continue being a process. If you know me personally then you know that I live life at 100 mph. All. The. Time! I have always been constantly doing something, going somewhere, making plans, etc. I started 2017 off with the same mindset and habits.
Then I boarded a plane in July with my husband, and we spent a week on the island of Grand Cayman for our 10th anniversary. Life is different on an island. It is simple. Peaceful.
No one cares about busyness. As a matter of fact the only thing you are required to do on the island is liming. Which simply just means the art of doing nothing! Everything moves at a much slower pace. People aren’t in a huge rush to get somewhere, they take time to savor and enjoy life. All the stress and anxiety from life at home just melts away.
I lay on the beach day after day listening to the peaceful sound of slow waves rolling in, enjoying time spent with my husband, and time spent with people we met at our resort. It all began to wear on me, I was exhausted with life. I was tired of being tired. I wanted change……something has to change! I longed to have that same simplicity in my day to day life.
Over the past several weeks I have been really looking at my life. Everything from habits I have (good and bad), material things I have, what I put in my body, what I put on my body, and how I spend my time. I started thinking of things that needed to change.
Designing a simple life means having fewer distractions in your life, so you can focus on what matters. As I work to simplify my life, I want to be intentional about choices that I make. I want to remove what I do not need in all areas – home, food, products, schedules, thoughts, etc. – and add things that are meaningful to me, loved, and valued.
I decided that I would chronicle my baby steps to simplicity here. After all this will be a process, and all processes usually start with “why”? So step one……..
What is my why? To have a stress-free, meaningful life. To live intentionally, to have peace, and to have more gratitude.