Simple Questions for Simplifying Your Life


As a mom and busy professional, I sometimes wonder if I am get anything done.  It sounds strange to talk about being busy but not getting anything done.  There are many days where I look at my “To Do” list and want to just retire to a one-room cabin up north, with no computers, no phones, and NOTHING to take care of.  (That’s when my husband looks at me like I’ve gone nuts because he could not imagine his life without his lap and the internet!)

Can you relate though?  It’s times like these that I remember a beautiful book I read in my 20’s, Elaine St. James’ classic, “Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More.”

Among other things, the book talks about getting rid of “things” that don’t matter!  The more things you have, the more care they require.  And shouldn’t you be taking care of yourself and other people rather than things?  Can’t you imagine more peace and contentment as a result?

More recently, I was reading a blog by Sarah at The Contented Minimalist, which asks us to evaluate and get rid of not just things, but also obligations.  Ask yourself these questions and consider your answers.

What Do You Choose to Do…

  • Because it is vital to the well-being of yourself and your family? (And really consider, is it VITAL, or is it something that society or someone else has put on you as an expectation?)
  • Because it is in line with your genuine interests and goals? (Yes, that means you should spend some time figuring those out.)
  • Because it stems from GUILT? (That’s a good one that we Moms know a lot about, right?)
  • Because it stems from a desire to be seen as the perfect [insert life role here]? (Whether those expectations are external or internal, this one is HUGE.)
  • Because you truly want to? (When’s the last time anyone—including yourself—asked what YOU wanted to do?)

If these questions are help you to reconsider and reprioritize what you do, then GO FOR IT!  Life is too short.  If you’ve taken my RESTART class, you know the RESTART rule is, “Whatever I eat, I choose it consciously, enjoy it thoroughly, and then I let it go.”

I think the same can be said for the choices we make it our daily activities.  Maybe your new mantra should be, “Whatever I do,  I choose it consciously, enjoy it thoroughly, and then I let it go.”  What do you think?

Please let me know in the comments below if these questions resonate with you and whether you are ready to simplify your life…

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