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Why Simplifying Life Is Not Enough

Simplifying Not enough SimplifiedLife.netBack in August of this 2015 I stepped back and took a bit of a sabbatical from writing here on the blog.  I shared about it here —->  Why It’s Ok -and often necessary – To Sit Back and Take A Breather.

We have been a family experiencing  some big transitions this summer and I knew I needed to give my full attention and heart to my family and getting us settled.

Now that we are settled into a new space for this season of life, and our homeschooling year is well underway…I felt it was a good time to ease my way back into some regular writing in this space.

During my sabbatical I spent time giving the Simplified Life website a fresh update and look.

I also spent some intentional time thinking through the direction of my writing.  For the last year, I have chronicled our journey to a more simplified life.  From de-cluttering and purging our material stuff, to simplifying our schedules and allowing margin and breathing room in our lives.  It’s been an intense journey. Not always easy…because honestly, change rarely is.  But I have to tell you that it has been well worth it.

From the day we started to simplify our life, I knew that ultimately this life change was more…needed to be more…than just simplifying our lives for the sake of simplifying life.  Sure, I could get rid of stuff, free up my time and create more margin in my day.  But to what end?

Initially, it was about Simplifying Life so that I could really focus on what matters to me most. If you read my “Why A Simple Life” page you will quickly realize that for me it means faith, family, friends and serving others.

For the first year of this blog’s life the tag line has been Inspiring You To A Simpler Life To Focus On What Matters Most.”  And most certainly that still applies.  But I felt like it was time to hone that down just a bit more.

I started asking myself:  What do I do once I simplify life?  When my time is not taken up with being a “Stuff Manager” and I actually have time and margin in my days?

As I asked these hard questions of myself I kept returning these words…

SERVE. CHANGE. IMPACT. INSPIRE

ocean splash w logoAbout the same time God reminded me about January 27, 2014.   A bitterly cold day and how two homeless men changed my outlook on what it means to truly serve another.  It was a hard lesson and a reality that I think we too often forget about in the busyness of our lives.

Honestly…I want this life to be more than just about me.  I want to live this life well and make a positive impact while living it.  But to do that, I have to get past myself and my stuff so I can step to the curb and serve.

As I move forward, my desire for the Simplified Life, is to create a space where we can learn to simplify life and impact our world together.  Where we can break free from an overwhelmed life in order to serve more than just ourselves.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be sharing tips on simplifying life – the how’s, why’s and what’s.  As well as practical and simple recipes that I find make my life easier in some way.  But just know that we will also spend time going deeper than just getting rid of our stuff.

My deepest hope is that I will inspire you to Create Space to break free from an overwhelmed life and to Impact Your World right where you are!

~Victoria

Give The Benefit of the Doubt (Week #13)

Benefit of the doubt

WELCOME!  I am so glad you are here.  Every Wednesday I will be sharing (1) tip to help inspire you to lead a simpler life.  It won’t be anything hard or something I haven’t tried myself.  Living a simple life is a conscious choice made up of small steps every day.  So here is our small step for today.

 Week #13 – Give The Benefit Of The Doubt

Maybe you wonder how this week’s tip is part of a simple life.   How does giving someone the benefit of the doubt fit?

It’s a great question and one I don’t think we ask often enough.  Let me explain.

Relationships are a part of life and because they are a part of life, they can become complicated and overwhelming just like anything else.  When we work to simplify our life in this area, it’s not about eliminating relationships but working at being healthy in them.

This week’s tip only touches on the tip of the “relationship” iceberg, but I think it’s a good place to start. Read more