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cultivate: simplicity

I've been drifting in and out of my One Little Word project, participating loosely in prompts, but I haven't been working on my album. One way that I've been able to keep in touch with the project is the monthly intentions set at the beginning of the year.

For August, I'm focusing on simplicity. It's a fortuitous intention in many ways. Over the past several months, I've been fighting my tendency to handle overwhelming obligations by adding challenges and more to-dos to my list. When I feel like there is just too much going on, I look for a housekeeping challenge or a new productivity system or a new art class to tidy up, to get more done, to recharge. To help me focus and power through.

More and more, I am realizing that I do thrive with focus. But adding more challenge does not actually help me focus. I've been stepping back from that expansive universal to-do list, and instead actually focusing on just the most important things that I have to do on a given day. I'm stripping the overwhelming housework down to a few basic daily routines that I'll build on eventually. Once I've slowly taken my time to focus.

This is a work in progress. Accepting that is difficult too, but that's for another day.

So I am grateful to come upon this intention of cultivating simplicity at this time in my life. It's the perfect reminder that finding simplicity is an important and perpetual process for me.

Of course, there are also projects. Or rather, areas of focus that I set in January to help cultivate simplicity. Happily, they fit nicely in with the organic stripping down and winnowing out that I'm craving right now. And so, this month, to cultivate a little more simplicity in my life I am going to:

  • Clean out my closets (and drawers). 
  • Get rid of broken and useless things. 
  • Use what I have. 
  • Focus on a daily evening tidyup routine. 
I'll circle back as I go and see how things go. 

Breakfast (August Break)