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#atozchallenge -S for Simplicity - Corinne O'Flynn

I learned a lesson recently about simplicity. More is better. More simplicity equals more balance. More balance is good.  In fact, it should be a goal that we all set for ourselves.

It is so hard to simplify sometimes. But you really should give it a try. I think that as technology increases in our lives the expectation for us to multi-task continues to grow.  I used to be on fire with my ability to manage it all, a hundred balls in the air, and more ideas coming behind those.

Like so many people I know, my everyday is consumed by kids (4) and their school and activities, household stuff for six of us (the laundry alone is cringe-worthy). On top of this is work, volunteering, my writing, socializing so I do not become a hermit, and all the other things that I need and want to do. 

Sometimes it feels like it will never slow down enough to take a breather. 

A couple of years ago I hit a wall with all of the stuff in my life, and realized that above all things, we really needed to simplify.

From limiting the number of activities my kids could sign up for, keeping a paper calendar (writing appointments helps me miss less of them), instituting regular ‘pajama days’, to starting to say “no” to some stuff, and mindfully removing a lot of the physical clutter in our house (not anywhere near done with that btw), things started to feel so much lighter.  When you have less going on in your brain, and you’re seeing less “stuff” in your house, your mind opens.

We have lots of plans this summer. They involve spending as much time at the pool as possible, camping, and hanging out. I can’t wait for school to get out.  I intend to keep us as underbooked as possible.  This way we can hang out together, relax, and regroup in time for the fall to when school begins again and life gets more hectic.

What have you done to mindfully simplify?

My S Read: The Stand (unabridged) by Stephen King

My S Listen:  The Underdog by Spoon

About the Author Corinne

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  1. Well written, as usual. I need to simplify some myself, but the main changes I need to make are rather drastic. I’m working on it though!

  2. I’ve been getting ready for a big move, and simplifying by getting rid of stuff. Even packing is a way of simplifying, because it’s organizing our stuff.

  3. Bish – I love cairns. I need to build some at my house, lol.

    Wendy – I am intrigued by what you’re thinking needs to change drastically. O_o

    Karen – moving is the best time to simplify. Maybe that’s my problem, we’ve been in this house too long. HA!

  4. I’m working hard at simplifying, but it’s not always as easy as I’d hope. I need to do a major overhaul of my apartment, especially the room I work in because I find the clutter is distracting me. Other than that, my life itself is pretty simple – I write, read, spend time with my family, go out once in awhile, but that’s about it. I had to laugh when you said you socialize so you don’t become a hermit, because I AM basically a hermit. Sometimes I wish I had more of a social life, but maybe someday.

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