4. How do I simplify my life and learn to live simply
“Real luxury is not working like a maniac to take an expensive vacation–it is living a life you enjoy every day.” Kathy Gottberg, Rightsizing * a Smart Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement
Morning routines, declutter, give away stuff, mindfulness, journaling, gratitude, affirmations And you know the changes do not need to be drastic.
This isn’t about telling your boss exactly what you think and walking away from your job. But it might me. This isn’t a back to the land book, where you sell up your house and everything in it and go live in the woods like Thoreau.
Although you may have a yen to travel and decide to hit the open road full time in an RV. We’ve got that covered for you too! Simple living is about grabbing life by the throat and living every moment.
It is not about going through each day on auto pilot, doing the things you usually do, just because you have always done them. It’s kind of like Carpe Diem meets Oprah – and her “Live Your Best Life” mantra.
You may live in a high-rise apartment in the middle of the biggest city, and absolutely love that lifestyle! And that’s awesome for you!
There is still an opportunity for you to bring mindfulness to the forefront, to examine your routines, and really look at the things you do that bring you joy and fill you with energy, vs. the things you do that are mind numbing, soul sucking that need to be kicked to the curb.
You deserve it! You deserve to be happy!
I’ve included a one-week challenge to get you started. Totally optional of course, but I really believe that we only achieve our goals by doing. Reading about simple living is one thing, but now you have the information it’s time to put your phone, table or laptop away.
And just get started. Right now.
5. Will living simply get rid of my stress? Make me Happier?
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated, Confucius
So let’s go back to the list you made and really think about the mindless things you do everyday, the ones on auto pilot. You made a decision one day maybe a very long time ago, to include them in your life.
There was a reason then, but maybe that reason is gone now? Yet you just keep doing it.
- Watching the news every night from 6 to 7
- Grabbing takeout on the way home every night because you are too tired to cook
- Commuting three hours to and from work everyday so that you can afford a bigger house
- Running up your credit card on a shopping spree after a bad day at work
One of the most powerful books I’ve read in a long time, that I think fits really well with changing our mindset, so that we can refocus on the simple things in life that are really important to us is the #5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins.
I will be forever grateful to Mel for the creation of this book, and all that comes with it. Like her 31 day coaching sessions!
You will this book along with some other really awesome books that focus on the Simple Life and Simple living lifestyle.