Simplify 2017

For a few years, I’ve been reading about some of my favorite artists and bloggers picking a word of the year, a central idea or goal for the upcoming 12 months.  I’d never been able to come up with any unifying word or principle in years past, but wanted to keep this idea in mind and keep trying.
The end of 2016 was filled with an incredible amount of busy-ness…work was going a million miles an hour, planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, family reunions, and Christmas gifts and surprises for the kiddos took lots of time, and we were still getting used to all that came along with having our oldest in school for the first time. All great stuff, and yet  I felt like I was running from one activity to the next, and every minute of my day was double or triple booked.  Any alteration to the schedule meant that I couldn’t get it all done, and my stress level rose through the roof!  

I started reading a little book called Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, and it really spoke to me.  Shauna describes how I was feeling perfectly:

“I feel like I’m driving a car 100 miles an hour with music blaring out the open windows.  I screech into the parking lot, throw the car in park, sprint into the 7-Eleven, and ….throw my head under the Slurpee machine, gulping and gulping…then race back for the car…”.  

“And what I want is one strawberry. In total silence”.

Have you been there?  What a perfect description!

How to do 2017 differently?  

My One Word kept coming to me in different ways.

From The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up to learning more about Mary Oliver’s poetry (this collection and others to my love for creating tiny, simple watercolors, 


the word that rose again and again was this:

SIMPLIFY

  • Simplify my commitments:  Learn to say no for now, to make room for more yeses later.
  • Simplify my routines:  Look for opportunities to be closer to home more often, and for ways to streamline needed projects and tasks.
  • Simplify my stuff:  Give it away!  I don’t need 7 spatulas!  It is freeing to let go of the excess and have space for what I really want nearby.
  • Simplify my life—and have more time to focus on what brings me strength, peace, and joy in the new year.

Happy New Year, and may this year bring us all more of the joy we seek! ( I feel like I need to end this with a namaste!)

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