I am so far behind on my family happenings and it's my endeavour now that the boys are back at school and kinder to catch up but I just wanted to get some thoughts and ideas out there...
a buzz word at the moment as so many people struggle to balance work,
life, children, marriages, extended family, running households.
is so much being written and shared that is so encouraging and helping
to reduce consumption and not feel like life is one big race to who
Yet, due to my unique and crazy personality
I was still trying fit in to a stereotype that I never will, and in
actual fact probably doesn't even really exist.
people sharing ideas on simplicity are building thriving businesses and
brands. Some are working on becoming self sufficient with gardens and
farms. Some are focused on health and wellness, some on money, savings
and investments. There are even those that work on ways to earn money
while they spend all of their time travelling.
It all falls into the category of simplicity even though it looks different to everyone.
people want to live simply now with reduced spending and just enough
work and others work hard and save so they can be debt free and retire
early. Some are building businesses that they are passionate about and
are earning fantastic money and simplicity to them is finding ways to
not be too consumed with it all and find moments to just relax.
guess what my point is, is that it's finally clicked that even a term
such as "simplicity" can be interpreted a million different ways. There
will never be a right or wrong way of doing things.
important is that we find the way that feels right to us. That's where
the struggle begins for me. It's always been my struggle although I do
think I'm taking huge leaps forward at the moment.
had moments of feeling so torn to do what is "right" and to fit in and
do what is expected. Guilt when I haven't been able to live up to that
for whatever reason.
So right now for me it's about
letting go...or working on it at least. Letting go of the conflict and
accepting what is and making the most of it.
there are so many amazing opportunities available to us in this day and
age we need to make sure we're choosing based on our own values and not
getting swept up in the fairy tale we are often shown.
we choose will mean perhaps sacrificing good things so that we can have
the really great things. The things that mean the most to us. This
will look different to each individual.
So I have to
acknowledge some of this and do my best to work around the challenges
and "grow where I'm planted" because there is good and amazing and
wonderful in our everyday if we choose to look for it or even take the
time to create it.
I'm also accepting that I'm allowed
to contradict myself...there's no rule book that says I have to do
things a certain way and that's a good thing. I'll keep drawing
inspiration from those around me like I always have but now I'll embrace
it instead of feeling like I never fit in. I'm in charge of designing
my own life and I'm the only one that needs to love those choices!
(obviously as long as it's not hurting others).
loving life. That's all I want to be doing. The good, the bad and the
challenging. The miracles and the messes. Embrace it all and make the
most of it. Xoxo.