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Simplicity Isn’t So Simple

Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. – Issac Newton

A frustrating truth that I grapple with almost every day is that getting to simplicity in any given aspect of life often takes many complex steps. I have an ongoing challenge with myself to simplify as much about my life as I possibly can, so this truth sometimes drives me to blurt out exasperated thoughts of, “Who has time for simplicity, anyway?!”. 

The road to simplicity can be maddening. For financial simplicity, you have to take time to actually take stock of where you are financially - building a budget, reviewing investments, and setting up new accounts and automatic payments. To simplify your closet, you have to remove all your clothes, shoes, accessories, random things shoved in there while “cleaning,” and making decisions about what you really need and wear (if you are feeling brave about tackling your closet, check out Project 333 for an inspiring way to really clean out and cut back: http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/). For garage simplicity… well, I haven’t tackled the garage yet, but I know it’s much like the closet in theory, except much bigger and with many more random things stuffed into all corners.

Why simplicity? Simplicity allows me to focus and spend more time on all the things I really want to spend time on. When I achieve simplicity in something, I know it’s a long-term improvement. I get such a huge happiness boost and sense of peace that I never let go of the dream of having a vastly simplified life. Okay, we all know I am at a big disadvantage due to another truth: I have four children.  Nonetheless, when I’m able to simplify things that involve them, that’s a double happiness boost. It really is a very motivating dream.

So, in the spirit of simplicity, one of my goals will be to keep embracing the concept as I post to this blog. A blog itself doesn’t directly make my life simpler. However, it does allow me to be in better communication with friends and clients, so from that perspective, it’s a great simplicity idea. I’ll be trying my best to keep it simple, with bite-size topics and updates. Please know your thoughts and ideas are welcome and I’d love to hear from you!