At the beginning of April my friend Celia asked me to write a guest post on simple living for her inspiring blog Litterless. I was flattered she asked and jumped at the opportunity, but every time I sat down to write I struggled with how best to describe what simple living means to me. Several weeks passed and many pages of notes were tossed before it finally came together. In part the post was difficult to write because the request came at a time when my life felt anything but simple.
I was facing high school graduation of my oldest child, which added events to my calendar, a party to plan, guests to host in a house that doesn’t have room to breath, and the emotional grief that a parent goes through when a child is due to leave the nest.
On tax day my finances took a deep hit from an unexpected tax bill. I try to predict these things, but owning my business can make it difficult. My wallet was emptied, future plans were delayed, and my ego was hurt.
On top of that, the schedule my husband and I keep was feeling relentless. We arrange our work so that our two year old son doesn’t have to go to daycare. My husband works a mix of early mornings, late afternoons, evenings, and weekends. I work Monday through Friday in the hours in between. We wouldn’t have it any other way, but with other things on my plate the grind of work, home, and childcare was taking its toll.
There were other stresses as well, some too personal to share and some inconsequential. The point of my telling this isn’t to expound on my challenges (really they’re quite small in the big picture), but to tell you how I finally came to write my thoughts on simple living. I ended my writer’s block when I acknowledged the profound affect simple living was having on helping me through these complexities.
Here’s how my challenges were made easier by living simply:
- Finding beauty in simple things and expressing gratitude for them keeps my attitude positive and reminds me of what’s important.
- Opting out of consumerism gives me the ability to recover more easily from financial loss.
- Owning less lowers my stress because my home is more tranquil and my responsibilities are fewer.
- Doing things myself, like sewing, cooking, knitting, and making things, not only brings me joy, but it forces me to slow down when life seems to be spiraling out of control.
- A commitment to simple living quickly gets me back on track when I’ve been derailed.
Spring has always been my favorite season, but this year I’m happy to leave it behind. Summer will be devoted to catching my breath and regaining my steps for a simple life. If you’re so inclined I’d love for you to read my thoughts on simple living over at the litterless blog. And if you have any simple living wisdom, please share in the comments below.
As always, thank you for coming to this space. xo