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Did you know that the first week in August is National Simplify your Life Week? Me either, until one of my readers spilled the beans. So I did a little googling and found this information about what it was:
We all know that modern life is fast paced, hectic, and demanding. But how much of that strain are you putting on yourself as a result of high expectations, standards and commitments? What if you could take a deep breath, step back, and make things a little less challenging? Simplify Your Life Week promotes this attitude, and encourages you to turn things down a notch for your own benefit – stretch yourself, but make sure that you remember to relax and enjoy life in equal measures!
Ahh doesn’t that sound nice? Is it possible? Yes it definitely is, I’m proof of that :)
In my book, Clutter Rehab, I talk about my own transformation from a harried, trying to do it all, overwhelmed “supermom” to a much slower paced, calmer, less stressed and definitely less than perfect mom and wife. Trust me, I like this Laura so much better. Of course not everyone feels the same way as I’m not as available for all the extra stuff I used to take on. Oh well. I’m so happy I am finally okay with that. The process didn’t happen overnight and often it was difficult but with each passing year as I continue to be diligent to my priorities, it gets easier and easier. I talk regularly about the steps I took on my journey here on the blog and in my book.
The word simplify gets thrown around a lot and I wonder how many of us have stopped to really think about what it means to us. The interesting thing is it will be different for everyone. When you see the word simplify what do you think of? What does that mean for you and your family?
For me it means having time to daydream, to snuggle on the couch with my husband or play a board game with my kids. It means being able to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider the activities our family will participate in. It means being able to breath without feeling like I’m having an anxiety attack. It means having room in my day to be spontaneous, something I never could afford before.
All of this requires some tough decisions for sure, real tough and regularly, but it’s so worth it. I don’t ever want to go back and I safe guard my stuff limits and time so carefully now. You might be interested in a post I did earlier this year titled, “Does Saying NO Mean You Are Lazy?“.
I’d really like to get a good discussion going in the comments about this important subject. To help facilitate that I’m going to giveaway to TWO lucky commenters a copy of my book, Clutter Rehab.
To enter, leave a comment on this post, prior to Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm PST, telling me what simplify means to you. This giveaway is now closed. The winners are: #146 Tammy A and #21 Monica B.
You may not be there yet on your journey and that’s okay but I think identifying where you want to go is part of the process and will help cement the direction and steps it will take to get you there.
Looking forward to reading your answers!!
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