Day 26; Simplify [your life & your home]

Day 26 of 365; Simplify [your life & your home]

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius

Do you feel overwhelmed in your home? With your schedule & commitments? Your every day tasks? From your junk drawer to the way you work. Simplifying may be just the prescription you need for a better, healthier and less complicated life!

Everyone wants to live the good life, but we all easily find ourselves overwhelmed by seemingly endless tasks, chores and activities.

Below are a few ways I’ve found to help slow down and remember who and what is really important in every area of our daily lives.

Look at your schedule.. and realize that it doesn’t always have to be FULL. You need to be content in doing NOTHING from time to time. To recharge and connect with your inner self, or else you will lose YOU along the way.

Take time to sit outside on a blanket and look up at the clouds. Take a walk, whether it’s downtown in the busy city or in the country- it is still important to take time to just be, and just think.

Even taking a few minutes when you pull up to the house after work and taking a quick stroll by your gardens, or if it’s after dark- a quick look up at the stars and taking them all in.

I always take time before each photo shoot to go and SIT and do nothing, to connect with myself and of course drink my coffee-and relax, and prepare my self for a great day of shooting.

We all need a small, simple does of doing nothing to get through the busy days we have.

Remember, the best things in life aren’t things!

Give things away.

Go through things… one closet , one box, one drawer at a time. Empty them out completely-all the way to the last sock in the bottom. Sort them into piles; give away, keep and MAYBE. The Maybe box can be stored away for a few months, then check back in the box and whatever you didn’t miss can be given away or donated to a local thrift store, or on freecycle.

Teach your children the value of love, friendship and most importantly time. Teach them that even though things give us temporary happiness- we can not take anything we have on this earth to Heaven with us! Not even money. Teach them the bible verse I have listed below & to store up treasures in Heaven. Treasures in our hearts can not be stolen.

Put silence into your days. Take time to just listen, no tv, no phones, no computers, if even for 15 minutes.

Learn to say no.

You do not need to say yes to everything asked of you, whether for your kids school, church, friends or maybe sometimes even work (depending where you work!) It is okay to say no.

Make time for yourself.

I challenge you this year to SIMPLIFY your life, your heart and your home.

More quotes/verses for Today;

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20

The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Matthew 19:21; Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

“What’s really important is to simplify. The work of most photographers would be improved immensely if they could do one thing: get rid of the extraneous. If you strive for simplicity, you are more likely to reach the viewer.” ~William Albert Allard

Photo taken using the Iphone 3gs & edited with the Instigram App.

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