How can we simplify our lives?

‘Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on our thumb-nail’

                           Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

             I’m thinking about the upcoming season, christmas, and the fact that it’s less than three months to go. Some of you might be thinking and planning your christmas already. Planning your dinner, and what presents to buy, what clothes to wear…the list goes on and on. Well, I am one of those that doesn’t worry too much. Don’t get me wrong I do love Christmas and all that comes with it, the decorations…opps…did I really mention the decorations? I have to say those words quietly around here. But, I have negotiated to have them put up on December 1st.

          At this time of the year it is time for me to start creating some new winter and christmas illustrations. Last year I was doing several different types of snowmen, in different environments. And this is why I am getting into the Christmas mood early. 
            How would I fit this into my ‘busy’ schedule, having a fulltime job (and in a few weeks starting a new job), doing an eLearning course? Well, if there is a will there is a way, it’s all about to prioritize and simplify your life. That is a rule I try to live by as much as I possibly can. However, there are times when I am snookered, and running out of time. I think it happens to all of us from time to time. How many of you have felt so tired that you say to yourself – ‘I think I will lie down and sleep for three months!’ ? Well, perhaps not in those words, but you get the idea.

          Why do we chose to complicate things more than they need to? When it could really be so simple. Why do we run around like a headless chicken? Having to do this and that, and the wheel is spinning faster and faster. Getting dizzy just from writing this. 

          Next week is probably going to be a wee bit mad for me at work, since I am finishing up there and tying up loose ends. But I already have a plan in place for the week, to remove some of that stress from my system. I try to go the gym at least 2-3 times per week and do some rowing. That is an excellent de-stresser, for me at least. 

          It really clears the head and I can go home to Hubby when I’m done and be the sweet wife and not the ‘grumpy’ wife, not that I have a grumpy personality but it’s hard to have the mood on top every day. So, if we do the things we love and that give us inspiration and energy, I think it’s a win win situation.

           A good portion of being out in the nature usually do the trick as well, a pity it is darker in the evenings, not really a good idea to get out hugging some trees.  But always try to get some ‘sneak’ walk here and there during the day and you’ll be grand.  And remember that sometimes the simple things are the best.

              ~ Eva’s Chronicles ~


7 thoughts on “How can we simplify our lives?

  1. Ah, the simplified life, thats for me. Like your Christmas illustrations. Slowing down and relaxing for me means taking my camera and going out to photograph this beautiful world God gave us.
    Keep on rowing, that sounds like a good way to destress.

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    1. Glad to hear that there are more like me that enjoy the simplified life. Thank you for stopping by. I too enjoy getting out snapping with the camera, there’s so much beauty around us if we only take the time to look. Enjoy your day!

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  2. I have always been about simple in my life, it is part of my personality. all that you said makes perfect sense for people who are so busy and running helter skelter. i remember last years Chrismtas illustrations and look forward to this years. hope your book is about completed

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    1. Think we all need a reminder every now and again (me included) to stop spinning in the rat race and just be….simple…I will get to it and create more illustrations, can see things taking form in my head and I’d better get them down on paper


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