simpler IS better
I am in a simplifying time of life.
Just like kids playing with the box (see previous post), there has been a lot going on that has shown me that I am in need of some simplification.
Here are the top two simplifications to date:
1. Budget. Budgets are not my thing, but I know that in order to simplify our life financially, it is necessary. Less receipts, less spending overall… it is good. So far, I have done 2 weeks, and it’s getting easier. I still have to fight back the compulsion to spend, but discipline is a learned process, and not necessarily an easy one.
3. Facebook. I did it. I deactivated my account. I did message a few people that live out of state or further a way to let them know. I intend to send out monthly (or so…) email updates. It has been completely freeing. The moment I was about to press the “yes” button to deactivate, it was like my body was warring with my mind. Odd as it may sound, it was physically difficult to do. At that point, I knew that it was the right decision, and I have felt a sense of peace about it since. Don’t know if or when I will ever re-activate.
These things (and there’s more to come) have allowed more TIME in my life. I actually am enjoying making dinner for my family, I am playing more with my kids, and, in general, feeling less stressed. The Facebook removal has created the most immediate change. I like that I don’t compare myself to what is going on in other people’s lives. I like that I don’t feel the need to post cute or funny status updates & then wait for people to “like” them or comment. VERY freeing.
Strangely, I am also liking the budget! I mean, it’s not easy, but I am liking it. I feel like I am participating financially in our family by watching what I spend. It’s a good feeling.
So, all in all, I have to say that simpler is better.