Recently, I was reading online and discovered a blog post that intrigued me. It was titled "How to Start Living a Simple Life". I am and have been for a very long time a simple living advocate. I have pursued a simple life for most of my adulthood. I have minimalist tendencies although I would not label myself a minimalist. I like books, real books, and would not choose to downsize my personal library. I love my garden. I want my dirt and my shovels and seeds. In addition, I have my yarn and needles because fiber arts give me great joy. But simplicity is an important part of what defines my life. At the end of that blog post, the author instructed her readers to 'stop reading and write down these five statements on a piece of paper'.
So I did.
Make your lifestyle a priority.
Slow down and enjoy every task.
Know what is important.
Connect with nature.
Make the most of today.
I'm going to keep that paper around and do those things mindfully. My lifestyle. Enjoy every task (even doing the laundry). Know what is important. Connect with nature (I love my walks and messing around in my garden!) Make the most of my day.
What tasks did I enjoy today? Making several batches of granola. Finally, baking some cinnamon rolls. Weaving in the ends of several finished knitting projects (mostly hats). Decluttering some papers from the counter where they always seem to collect. These are quiet everyday tasks which I sometimes avoid simply because I don't slow down and enjoy them.
I hope I've made the most of today.