Happy New Year folks! If you’re like the many, you probably need a little hair of the dog today, cue National Bloody Mary day, and are planning how to tackle 2019 whether that’s with diet and exercise resolutions, or organizing your life. I’m definitely making a plan to work out more (sharing a list of awesome workout places who are giving you guys a discount this week to help with that), but I’m also setting my intentions for the year. This year, as in previous years, I’ve set a word for myself to reflect on as I move about the yearly routine. This year I chose the word “Simplify”.
“Simplify” written by my artist friend, Danielle Hawkins.
It’s such a simple word, it literally means to make something easier to understand or make simpler, more straightforward, and presenting no difficulty.
After getting rid of my car for more than half of a year, I realized how little “stuff” I needed. I realized that stuff is just that: filler- a passing want that turns hard worked hours into a trinket of needless stuff.
I’m in the process of clearing out my closets, getting rid of the thrift store vintage finds from post-college days that are collecting dust, and opting for a simpler wardrobe. Do I need three white button downs when two have a stain? No.
Do I need a pair of sandals that are falling apart but they were my favorite when I bought them 5 years ago? No.
January is going to a big month of simplifying my life. Getting rid of useless things around the house (stay tuned for a sale on that!), clearing out hard drives, organizing shelves and dumping toiletries that aren’t used.
It’s not going to stop there. I’m going to carry this word “simplify” with me throughout the entire year and really make myself question if I need to bring something home with me, simplify my writing, simplify my work tactics. I think having a simplified life will overall help me with organization, time management, and enable me to prioritize what I need to do to reach some lofty goals.
What about you dear reader? Are you choosing a word for the New Year? If so, I’d love to hear what you are thinking about choosing for 2019 in the comments below!