As this month is winding down, I’m reflecting on my word for the year—minimalism—and how it’s applied so far. This month, it’s been especially noticeable in two areas: my closet and my social calendar.
In January, minimalism has meant paring down my wardrobe in order to make getting dressed even easier (more on that later), as well as my social calendar in order to focus on home life…namely, to protect Jack’s need for consistent, predictable naps.
While the wardrobe piece of things was really fun for me, the social stuff is harder to let go of. I’ve definitely missed out of some fun activities this month, but I know in the long run that I’ve made the right choice. That this isn’t forever. And that I’d rather be at home (or wandering around the neighborhood) with a happy, well-rested baby than be dragging a fussy, overtired one all over town.
If you recall from my last post on this topic, this is the definition of minimalism I’m working with this year: 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.
I’d say so far things are going well and I’m feeling free to have more focus on what’s important right now: taking care of Jack. And in time (hopefully very little time!), the social events will be back on the calendar because they are definitely part of the big picture of happiness and fulfillment.
Did you pick a word for the year? How have you applied it to your life so far?