What is simplicity? Well, that is the beauty of it – it’s different things to different people. I love to wear designer jeans and heels but I also like to spend a lot of time in my garden. I love to dig in the dirt and play with my kids in the yard. To me, simplicity is a mindset. It’s about making your life one that is easy for you to live and changing the way you think about and do things.
For me, it’s about getting back to basics, and enjoying small things. It may seem like a contradiction that simplicity often means spending more time doing things. Like line drying clothes. Takes longer than just tossing them in the dryer. But trust me, once you get a system going that works for you? Simple. Gardening? Time consuming. But when you eat food you grew yourself, it is incredibly rewarding and just feels so simple.
I like making things instead of buying them when I can. This often makes more work for me, but that’s a trade-off for not having to drive to the store and pay someone for it. And I like the pride in having made something myself. I especially like if it comes out imperfect because it makes what I do that much more unique.
Life doesn’t have to be about minimalism to be simplistic. I think my life is simple more because of my mindset than anything else. I release all the chaos from my life and mind. I stop worrying about what others think. I forget about the past and just live for today. I declutter my life. All of those things simplify who I am today. They make room for the good stuff to become part of me. By eliminating worthless things from my days, I am making room for things with value. My days feel more relaxing, slower, and fulfilling because I am not doing a lot of things that I don’t want to be. I have finally started to let my life take shape as my very own and not one that anyone else wants it to be.