Last week I shared my three themes for 2012 – Simplicity, Creativity, and Bravery. Today I’m going to expound a little more on the first – which is really the foundation for the others.
For me, Simplicity means taking some time to be still, to unplug for a little while and reconnect with reality, and to sift out unnecessaries in my life to make more time for the important stuff, and also the fun stuff!
I was really inspired by this post on Jess’s blog, and I had been thinking for the last few months of the year about the intentions and motivations behind my daily routine. To cut to the chase without all the philosophizing, here are some changes I want to make to foster more simplicity in my life:
UNPLUG: Less screen time, more face time. No phone/computer/email/TV (etc) in the morning before work, or in the evening 30 minutes before bedtime. I work at a computer, so I just spend way too much time in my day looking at a screen.
PURGE: Mentally and physically. I want to spend more time running and doing yoga – things that energize me as well as help me clear my head and refocus. I’m also taking Jess’s challenge to get rid of 100 things – I want to be surrounded by things I love, use and need. No more clutter in my head or my house, please.
I think my next two themes, Creativity and Bravery, are going to make 2012 one of the most exciting years yet – and I really do believe that having this foundation of Simplicity is going to make both of those easier to accomplish. Because when I make time for a little empty space, it helps me shift my focus from the stresses of everyday life back to the One who has put big dreams in my heart, and has promised peace beyond understanding – even in the midst of life’s craziest adventures.
Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)