Yes, my word of the year is SIMPLIFY.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hoffman
What does this mean exactly? One definition I found said “to reduce in complexity or extent”. Another said “to reduce to fundamental parts”.
Last year my word was “RELAX”. About halfway through the year, I realized how difficult it was to relax when so much was going on. I was over committed, over stressed, and under organized.
So – what have I been doing to simplify? It started out over the holidays. I took in 4 boxes and 4 bags of clothes to SECOND LIFE THRIFT STORE – a thrift shop near by that helps to rescue animals. I went through every room in the house and cleaned things up. I even took 2 bags of canned food to a shelter! Purging feels good! It seems easier to take a deep breath now.
In cleaning out, I found a few things that I had put back and I was able to incorporate my new sacred space. Everything on this table means something to me, from the deco fan lamp, to the bowl I purchased in Estonia, to the creativity cards to inspire me dailiy.
I have made a vow to no longer over commit. I spent a fair amount of time unsubscribing to blogs I don’t read, leaving groups on Facebook that I joined as a favor to someone, basically, just cleaning up.
Tomorrow I’m going to simplify my diet for a week, simplify it right out of caffeine, sugar, gluten and alcohol for a week (or try to). I’m going to eat simpler foods, as they are fresh and healthy and have less chemicals in them.
I’m excited about the changes I am in the process of making. I am not going to beat myself up if I slip up – I’ll just get back up, dust myself off and work at it again.
What is your word of the year?