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.
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