Living simply is not as easy as it may sound. It means making tough choices about where you will spend your time and money, but with continual practice it will become second nature and it will benefit you and your family immensely with its rewards, three of which you will find below.
So, you’ve decided that you’re tired of being so tired and are finally ready to get more fit. But you’ve seen the people jogging in front of your building on their lunch breaks, toting water belts and GPS watches for tracking pace and thats not you, at least not yet. How can you create a fitness plan that is both motivating and challenging? Here are few tips to get you started.
The psychology of the purge
I always find it both cathartic and stressful when I am going through my items to reduce clutter in my space. It is so liberating to pass things I no longer need on to homes where they will be used and loved— toys or clothes my children no longer need going to charities where they can have a new life. But as great as it feels to let things go there is also a part of us that wants to keep things around, “just in case”. We have a fear that the moment after something is out of our grip, we will suddenly be in need of it (even if we haven’t touched it for the last six months). How can we confidently minimize our possessions and in turn maximize our spaces?
Here are 3 tips to help you when choosing what to give and what to keep.
This morning as I was out walking my dog at 6am I heard a bird giving its morning wake-up call in a tree in front of my neighbours open window. At first I thought about how annoyed I would be if I were that person trying to sleep and being awoken by a noisy bird (for I have been that person!). My next thought though was the complete opposite: “What,” I imagined, “if that person specifically left their window open so that they could be woken up to the sound of birds singing?”. Even though it is not my ideal way to be awoken from slumber (the smell of coffee brewing would do it for me, if anyone is taking notes) it does not mean that someone else does not enjoy what I might consider to be bothersome. What if we changed our thinking to view the ‘noisy birds’ in our lives as beautiful music to our ears?
About two years ago I decided to stand up for myself and lose the office chair. In the past, I had some back problems and my back tends to be weak. So I asked myself when is my posture at its worst? The answer is when I sit for hours developing software. I know I should take several breaks, look away from the screen, walk around and stretch. But honestly, did you ever see a developer do that consistently? Not me. We tend, or at least, I tend to get so focused on my tasks that I forget about these great habits.
Living a simple life is gaining ground in society today; from the mothers who grow some of their families’ food in a backyard garden, to the employees who bike to work to reduce their carbon footprint. We are aware of the impact our choices have not only for ourselves but also our communities and the earth. But what does living simply really mean and how can we implement it in our lives today? That is where we hope to come alongside you in your journey to a simple life, answering questions you have and providing practical help in order to create your ideal, simple life.