It’s the first full week of 2015 and I’m thinking about my intentions for the next year. I love to pick a word to guide me week after week, and this year that word is MINIMALISM.
The word basics (as in back-to-basics) also came to mind, but I think minimalism (as defined by this article) really encapsulates what I’m after. Here’s a quick definition from the article that gets right to the heart of it:
Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
Um, yes please!
My version of minimalism will have less to do with getting rid of “stuff” (though that will no doubt happen, too!), and more to do with eliminating anything in my life this year that takes away from things I really care about—namely, my marriage, my baby, my friendships, and my spiritual and relational growth.
I’m not sure exactly what it’ll look like week by week and month by month, but I plan to filter my choices and purchases through that lens to keep me on track. Hopefully by having less of certain things, I’ll gain a whole lot more of what I actually want. A few possibilities for the year to come…
- Start the day with a devotional instead of social media or email.
- Give the capsule wardrobe another go around to make my clothing purchases more intentional.
- Pare down my morning getting-ready routine (and toss any products I’m not using anymore).
- Choose books and articles over TV more often.
- Have Scrabble dates (or lunch dates or lounge-in-the-backyard dates with my hubby instead of defaulting to watching a movie.
- Choose one or two major things to get done each day rather the lofty, way-too-long, makes-me-feel-guilty-looking-at-it to do lists I always tend to make.
- Continue to strive to see beauty in imperfection rather than obsess over getting closer and closer to my idea of the “perfect” life.
What about you? What word is guiding you this year?