Health

Simple Life, Happy Life

Less is more.

This popular saying is my mantra for 2018.

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I’ve spent so much time thinking and planning and trying to outdo myself in every aspect:

  • Having the perfect pinterest-worthy house
  • Making as much money as possible
  • Perfect body: thin, flawless skin

It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race of life where nothing is ever good enough. There’s the belief that there’s always room for improvement, and nothing and no one is perfect. The danger of this mindset is that you will never be satisfied with anything you ever accomplish. Lost 2 lbs this week? You could’ve lost 3 or 4. Ran a mile? You could’ve done it faster. Made x-amount of money? You can make more if you do xyz. It’s a never ending cycle.

Yes, it is important to have goals and not be stagnant. It is also important to learn to appreciate what you do have. Gratitude, health, and happiness will contribute to a more fulfilling life than any of the material items, or non-essential milestones I or society sets before me. What does simplifying my life look like?Five purge tips to simplify life.png

  1. The Household Purge
    • I’ve moved twice in the last year, so I already downsized a lot of items just so I won’t have to move a bunch of stuff over and over again. Now that I have lived in one place for 9 months, I can identify even more items that I can get rid of. If it hasn’t served a purpose in the last 9 months, then there is no reason to continue hoarding it or bringing it to the next destination.
  2. The Clothing Purge
    • I’ve had a lot of the same clothes since high school. They’ve had a good run and I think it’s time to retire them. May they rest in peace.
  3. The Social Media Purge
    • I deleted the Facebook app off my phone. I have spent too much time mindlessy scrolling through my newsfeed. I unfollowed anyone on Instagram I don’t personally know. I’ve gone a month now with these drastic reductions in social media and it has been so refreshing. I honestly don’t miss any of it.
  4. The Career Purge
    • Work/life balance is crucial. Identify if what you are sacrificing is worth the reward. I’m having a hard time making any changes in this. I still want to make more money. I’m still actively pursuing ways to do this. I’m a work in progress.
  5. Body Expectations Purge
    • Yeah, I need to work on this too. I still want to be thinner, and my skin sucks. I can’t do it all at once. Baby steps. But learning to let go of certain expectations and not maintaining the thought that once I achieve certain things, only then will I be happy. I will purge myself of this behavior.

I am looking forward to continuing to implement these small adjustments to how I live my life. I’m turning 30 this year and one of the great things about getting older is really getting to know yourself and for me a simpler life is a happier life.

 

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2 thoughts on “Simple Life, Happy Life

  1. Hi Carlie. I also deactivated my Facebook account recently. I’ve been downsizing the rest of my life for a couple years and I really do love my small living space. I say “quality over quantity” which I guess is the same as “less is more.”
    I have skin issues too. I’ve had severe eczema my entire life and now I have wrinkles and precancer to worry about because of all the sunburns I had as a kid. I am the one in the crowd with poison ivy and no-see-em rashes. Fun!
    Girls are rarely satisfied when it comes to body image and clothes. This girl at 59 is focused on good health and comfort.
    I have a #6 purge; toxic people. Carlie, It sounds like you have a lot of positive, supportive people in your life.
    You mentioned the importance of gratitude. It’s the antidote to that rat race trap. I cannot abide ungrateful people.
    I hope you have a good day. I enjoy your blog; I read everything even if I don’t comment; well everything except the military stuff.
    You’ll make more money for sure, you and your husband. You will one day be writing for a paycheck and his career is very exciting!

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  2. I second the above comment! Purge toxic people if you haven’t already. The body expectations is a tough one too, especially for women. But I think if you can let go of the numbers (i.e. a certain weight, or dress size, mile run time, etc…) you can focus better on what your body is able to do for you and you will find you are happier and more satisfied with yourself. Baby steps is right. We are all a work in progress.

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