My 2014 in One Word: And How It’s Changed Me
If you could sum up your year in one word, what would it be? Tweet this
That was the challenge issued by my pastor at church this weekend.
As I reflected on that question, one word rose to the surface for my life:
You see, it was in 2014 that the concept of simplifying & minimizing my life was first introduced to me through reading another blog.
It was in 2014 that I began the ongoing journey of doing just that to my household and life, and shifting my mindset to match.
It was in 2014 that I started this blog to further process my thoughts, chronicle my journey, as well as to have an outlet and audience to develop as a writer at a time when I felt I could do it.
It has been such a fulfilling journey for so many reasons.
Benefits of Embracing a Simpler Life in 2014
I’m more content
I look at the life I have today, and I understand it’s fleeting. I choose joy today and feel gratitude for the simple yet full life I have.
My household is actually getting close to the manageable range
No doubt my manageable range is less than yours. I won’t say I’m entirely there, but things are SO MUCH better than before. In 20 minutes a day I can have all bedrooms and bathrooms tidy.
Main rooms still seem to be a never-ending, all-day project with two little kids running around, but they are definitely less-burdensome than ever.
I see with a deeper perspective
I am able to look past the world in front of my nose, with all it’s glitter and stress and distraction and see with a deeper and more eternal perspective.
I am more open-handed with money and resources
I don’t have the same goals for myself or my life. I’m not so worried about having all the latest fashion or best cars or fun vacations. I see the beauty of staying close to home, using what I have, modeling contentment and joy, investing in relationships and being grateful.
So what about you? How would you sum up your 2014? Can you do it in one word? If so, tell me about it in the comments section!
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