I don’t know about you, but I am a woman of routine. I love having a routine, even if it’s a crazy, hectic, kind of routine where you almost never have time to yourself routine; it’s still a routine. The best part of my routine is waking up and starting each day. I know you’re probably thinking This lady is nuts!!, but before you go judging me let me tell you why I love my morning routine.
Each morning I wake up a half hour to an hour earlier than need be. (I know, I’m not helping my non-crazy plea.) But there’s a method to the madness: in this small window of time in the beginning of my day, not only are things fresh, and new but they’re also still, quiet and tranquil. This is the point in my day where I can sit, or lay quietly (cause I’ll be honest, I usually spend this time laying in bed) while reading through my favorite blogs and dream about a life more simple.
When I think about this more simple life, for me, it’s living in our own home (not some apartment living over ten dogs–yes we really live over ten dogs), being able to wake up each morning and spend time with the Lord, having time to cook breakfast for me and my family and greet my husband with a cup of coffee. Is anyone else with me on that one? I mean just picture it:
You are in a space all your own, in your most comfy pajamas, feeling refreshed (hopefully) from your sleep, listening to bird song and cricket chatter, with a warm breeze blowing in from the windows. No noise of trucks, cars, dogs, (maybe a sleeping dog) or electronics. Just the simple smell of wildflowers with the view of the sun shinning through the windows. In this moment time is standing still. This moment is all yours and the possibilities of a new day are endless. There’s no text messages or phone calls coming in to tell you when to be where. No school bus horns honking and no feeling of being rushed. Is this not ideal?
Unfortunately, for me this is not a reality. It is still only a dream that I hope to achieve in the near future. But for many people this is a reality. This is a reality for them because they chose to live a life more simple.
By choosing to live simply, you are not only choosing a life that is different from others, but one that I feel is more pleasing. You are choosing to get rid of more materialistic items and focus on things and people that really have meaning in your life. It may mean getting rid of clutter, organizing your time better, or learning to take things slower in general.
There are many ways to reduce your stress in life through living more simply. Here are my top five favorite articles/blogs on simple living.
- 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life by The Paleo Mama
- Our Journey to Simple Living (And How to Begin Your Own) by Keeper of the Home
- 10 Reasons to Start Simplifying by Richly Rooted
- 14 Steps Towards Living a Simpler Lifestyle by Little House Living
- Finding Your Simple by Our Simple Homestead
Well folks, there it is. If you’re looking for a more simple life as I am let’s start this journey together. I hope to start a new series in the next month or so on purging your house for a more simple life. Stay tuned and let me know how you simplify your life!!
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