I’m one of the statistics that always says I’m going to do (or not do) x,y,z in the new year and then never sticks to it.
I don’t think I even made any last year. The year before I made a resolution to get out of bed on the first alarm and enjoy my morning, do my hair, apply make up before leaving for work instead of on the way. Alas, I still can’t drag myself out of bed in the morning.
But, this year is different. It just feels different. Maybe because I know my want to’s are need to’s. I’m not sure, but even before the new year came, I was itching for change. I’ve had a good feeling about this year since at least the middle of December, and so far, it has indeed been good and changed.
This year, I have decided my motto is SIMPLIFY! And my main focus is to establishing BALANCE and some sort of routine. As Henry David Thoreau said, “Simplify Simplify Simplify”.
Which, if you know me, you would think I had already mastered, because I’m a terrible OCD gal that has to have a schedule. But, since my life was turned upside down, that’s not exactly how I’ve been living. And it was driving. me. crazy… Things have been way out of line, and it’s been killing me. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Balance is a must! And I think that the two kind of go hand-in-hand with one another. I’m trying really hard to simplify my life (which is hard for an obsessive compulsive person). I’m cleaning out left and right and have vowed to only buy the necessities this year. We will be spending much family time together, and not worrying about the petty things. Life is too complicated now days, and I hate that.
I believe that in order to have a happy and healthy family the home has to have some sort of balance. Things run so much smoother and with less stress/chaos when organized and cleaned. And the past year I have not been happy. At all.
Yes, I am joyful over my beautiful blessing that we received in July named Elizabeth. But, happy I have not been. Seriously, I was to the point just last week that I completely broke down and seriously thought I needed help. Andrew reassured me that everything was okay, and that it was normal for me to feel the way I did. After all, my life has kind of been shattered, but I’m slowly super glueing the pieces back together, and thus have to find balance. (if you don’t know what I’m referring to read this).
So far, things have gone great. Granted, it’s only the 4th of January, I have already made a lot of progress. For instance, Sunday Andrew & I cleaned out & organized the garage (this was huge). Monday, I made a list of all of the chores that have to be done and wrote them out on the calendar so that I have no excuse to not fit them in and get things done. I also rearranged the living room so that it is more functional. And today, I have cleaned out the linen closet and utility closet. (I will have a post soon with before and after pictures).