Thoughts By Natalie

The Year of Discipline and Simplicity


I love to pick themes for each coming year—it makes life more intentional, more focused, and it helps assure me that I’m moving in the right direction in life. In previous years, my themes have had to do more with grace, adaptability and letting go (and last year, cooking), but this coming year Brian and I have agreed that our theme together as a couple is discipline and simplicity.

Of course, re-learning German should keep me on track with discipline, along with our gym membership (I feel guilty paying and not going!), and commitments at church. As far as simplicity goes, we plan to eliminate unnecessary things from our home and either sell or give them away. Also, we’re trying to be better at creating routine—good, regular habits make life so much simpler, don’t you think?

I love this simple schedule from Benjamin Franklin, especially the questions for morning and night—What good shall I do this day? What good have I done today? (Isn’t that what life is all about—doing good?) I also love that he scheduled his sleep, something that is so, so important. It’s certainly inspiring to me as I pursue more purposeful, intentional, disciplined, simple living in 2014.

The Year of Discipline and Simplicity //

As we end 2013 and enter into a new year, you can look forward to more posts related to this theme. I hope that this time next year I’m feeling both disciplined and simplified :)

What are your goals or themes for 2014?

Photo via Mango and Salt

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  • Grey
    December 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Hmmm, I think I need to adopt this theme for my year as well Natalie!

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 20, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Yay! We can do it together ;)

    • Hannah Carlson
      December 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Me too!

  • lori @
    December 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Really interesting idea on choosing a theme for the year. I like that a lot better than resolutions because of, as you said, the focus. And, I love those two questions from Ben. to ask yourself as well. I had forgotten about those, but they certainly do narrow it down for us. Nice post. Thanks!

  • Enya Moran
    December 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Love this Natalie, I have never been one to make a resolution. As I find that life does not start over in January and that you should always be trying to better yourself all the time not just beginning in January. But I do always try to add a new thing to my list, like cook more vegetarian or read more or something along those lines. I like the idea of theme I might have to try that out this year. With graduating college this month I will be able to live a more regular scheduled life, without all the crazy studying and exams and I will have time for new things (also learning a language!) Great post! Thanks!

  • Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans
    December 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love the simplicity of this schedule! Thank you for sharing :) Look forward to your posts further on this subject!