The choice to live simply was an easy one. The hard part is actually doing it. There’s so much information out there; so many things to learn (and unlearn) about living simply. Oh, the irony of it all. But, honestly, despite the learning curve (which I will always be in, by the way) I’m loving it and know it’s the right thing for my family.
While it’s still early in the transformation, I’ve already noticed subtle changes in how I think, feel and act everyday. When I catch myself doing them, I say a silent “YEA BOIIIIII” in my very best Flava Flav voice. Trust me, THAT resides in my head only, never to escape. (smile)
Since I noticed these changes, I figure I’d share, because sharing is caring after all.
I make more choices. (That’s a good thing!) No more auto-pilot decisions for me; I’m now an even more active participant in my life. I am constantly thinking about how my decisions impact myself, my family and my community. How I cook, clean, shop, and many other normal behaviors are all up for serious internal discussion. While it may feel overwhelming at times, I know for sure that it’s something I must do to be a responsible wife, mother, family member, friend, global citizen and all around foxy lady. Can ya dig it?
I’m more creative. There’s something about this lifestyle that lets the creativity flow. It brings a sense of freedom, as if I have more hours in the day to do what I want. I find myself with an overflow of ideas for doing all types of things that, hopefully, one day I’ll do. I like having those tidbits of awesomeness to look forward to.
I’m more into me. Living simply is about being selfish, but in a good way. Think about it. In order to give others your best, you have to give yourself your best first. For me, that means being in an introspective, conscious space where I can make sure I’m being my best self as much as possible. That’s where simplicity is needed. So, I make sure to take time everyday to plant my feet, take a breath and take in what I need and let go of the rest. I try to anyway.
My heart is open. This is the biggest change I’ve noticed thus far. I’ve never been a shy person, but I wasn’t the one running up to people introducing myself either. Ever since the choice to live more simply was made I’ve felt an overwhelming need to connect with people; to glean their wisdom, if only for a moment. I want to be part of this sensible, imaginative, inspiring community of likeminded cross-cultural souls. The more I learn from them, the more I want to learn. I welcome all that is to come.
What do you love about living simply? Leave a comment below. I love hearing from you!