Simplifying my life was the thing that saved me when I was at my lowest point, juggling small kids, a busy career and a million other things – all day, every day.
I hadn’t realised how far I’d sunk until a melt-down at work jolted me back into reality and I started to take control of my life.
My melt-down and my search for a new and better life for our family led me to embrace a simpler, more intentional life.
We began to say Yes! to things that added value to our life and No! to the things that distracted us from really living it.
When I look back on it, I think life had caught up on me without me even realising it. My days would be filled juggling my young children, managing the home and holding down my job.
I was chasing, doing and achieving but at what expense? I tried to do and be ‘all the things’ but had no space for anything else.
I wasn’t enjoying life, being fully present for my family or getting any time for myself. One tiring day just led into the next. It certainly wasn’t how I’d expected and hoped my life would be like. Maybe you feel like this too sometimes?
Everyone else seemed to manage it, why wasn’t I? And, if this was my life, why wasn’t I feeling better about it? Where was I going wrong?
It wasn’t until I reached the point of burn-out that I realised I’d been carrying on, ignoring the warning signs and pretending to myself and everyone else that I was fine, when actually I was far from it.
Whatever the reason, once I’d reached this point, I promised myself that things had to change and I was the only one able to make those changes.
STEP #1 – I realised that the times when I felt most stressed and overwhelmed was when I thought about all the stuff I had to do, the state of my home, being pulled in different directions, being tied to my To Do list when I just wanted to be with my kids or have some time for myself.
STEP #2 – I read up on studies which showed that, putting it simply, too much stuff and clutter around you is directly related to increased stress levels. Therefore, by removing this stuff and clutter, stress levels would go down.
STEP #3 – I looked at my life, all the different aspects of it and systematically worked through each and every one to ensure that I was prioritising the things that were most important to me and saying no to the rest that was just clutter.
This blog is a document of my journey from being overwhelmed by my life to a life that’s now more on my terms.
Life can still be complex but simplifying it as I have means that I don’t get blown off course so easily. I’ve got wiggle room to deal with problems and a full and easier life that finds its own equilibrium. Let me help you find balance through simplicity too!
I hope that by sharing my experiences and what I’ve learnt over the years, I can help you create a life that’s more on your terms. A life that’s simpler and freer but, most importantly, a life that enables you to focus more on what matters and less on what doesn’t.
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