We all have dreams.
Some of us may push them down deep, thinking they will never happen. Some of us may dwell on them, drawing on our dreams to get us through moments of stress. But we all have them.
What are yours?
Perhaps you haven’t dreamed enough to answer that question. You think life is too hectic to see those dreams come true, so why bother?
And you may be right, in a way. If your life is crazy-busy and spinning out of control, you don’t have time to dream big, let alone act on those dreams.
But here’s the thing. For most of us, life simply doesn’t have to be as hectic as we make it.
We all have responsibilities, it’s true. But for many of us, we’ve become so accustomed to the crazy pace of this world that we unconsciously keep adding more to our plates.
What if we took a little of that crazy off our plates?
What if we had time to not only dream a little bigger, a little more freely, but actually act on those dreams?
Simple living can get you there.
Simple Living is definitely not a guarantee that all your dreams will come true.
Instead, it is a way of life that makes room to allow you to pursue the life you want.
So what is the life you want? What are your dreams?
I think it’s really important to think about this first, even if your list changes over time (and it will).
Because if you don’t know your why, one of two things can happen to you as you venture on your simplicity journey:
- You aren’t really driven to change your life, because you don’t have a clear picture of where you are headed. So you have trouble making lasting changes.
- You get caught up in the more “legalistic” aspects of minimalism. (You have 33 items in your wardrobe? Big deal, I have 25!) When you’re not focused on how minimalism/simplicity is making your life more beautiful, it becomes a joyless, legalistic pursuit.
So in order to avoid these two pitfalls, and to get jazzed about your simplicity journey, I would love to take some time this week to find your “why”.
Why do you want to change how you’re living?
Maybe you want to stop spending mindlessly on things so you can travel more. Or quit your job and stay home with your kids. Maybe you want to pay down your debt. Maybe you want more time with your family or friends. Maybe you want to spend less time shopping, obsessing over social media, or watching TV, and more time out in nature moving your body.
The reasons for pursuing simple living are as varied as the people who do it. There is no wrong answer. The point is to think about the life you want.
To get you going, here are a few of the reasons I pursue simple living (in no particular order):
1) Less time checking boxes on a to-do list, more time being.
Especially now that I have a family, I want to have margin in my life to take long, aimless walks with them. To make cookies. To let the chores wait so we can sit and read together. I’ve wanted a family my whole life, and I want to make time to actually enjoy them. I don’t want to waste this precious time.
2) Financial Freedom.
This is a pursuit. We are not there yet. We are working towards being debt free. Eventually, we would love to be open to the possibility of working for ourselves. These things simply don’t happen if you’re relying on shopping as entertainment.
3) Time to pursue personal goals and interests.
Lots of us claim we don’t have time to read, bake, paint, write, or whatever your fancy is. But at the same time, many of us spend far too long in front of screens everyday. Simple living means being aware of how you spend your time. By taking control of your time, you are able to carve out moments to spend on what makes you tick.
These are just some of my driving forces.
In reality, the effects of pursuing this way of life have been wide-spread. I am healthier, calmer, and less anxious because of simple living. I know myself better and am more connected to my dreams.
This is definitely a journey. I don’t feel like I’ve “arrived” yet. And maybe I never will. But pursuing simple living makes the journey so much sweeter.
This week I would love to know:
What is your “why”? What changes would you love to see happen in your life? Let’s dream big together!