Amazingly we have reached the end of another block of challenges to simplify your life. It is now into November and I hope you have used the information and questions in the past four weeks to start planning your upcoming holidays intentionally. Do your plans match your values and your hopes for this time of year? We have looked at what our vision is, planning resources and getting organised, holiday traditions and gift giving.
Next week we will begin the last block of challenges. They will surround money and work – financial goals, how to reduce expenses and increase income in order to meet those goals, and finally looking at what we do for work (paid or unpaid roles) and ensuring they also align with our values, expectations and vision for our life. After that we will be reflecting on the year that was!
Whether you started in January or in recent weeks I hope you will see this challenge through however works for you. It was never my intention for every single person to participate in every single week (we all have different needs and areas to focus on) nor for it to always be a January to December challenge but simply presented in that way. You can do one challenge a month or one block at a time at your own pace.
There is no failing in this.
Whatever you choose to put into it you will gain back in terms of clarity, progress and aligning your daily practices with your values and vision for your life.
In two days my family will board a plane for the United States for a trip of almost six weeks. People have asked over the years how we manage to travel when we live on one income and airfares are so expensive, etc. As with everything you have to make choices in your life. For us travel is not an optional thing, but a requirement since our family and friends are overseas and travel was the common interest that brought us together in the first place. I value travel and cultural experiences over private school education (talk about costly), fancy clothes or cars, a big house, or multiple TVs. We live within our means, rarely splurge (rarely does not mean never – we live a good life) and put out money where it matters to us. For others it could be a beautiful kitchen or a bigger house. Still others would be paying for education or a larger family. There is no judgement in any choices – we all choose what is right for us. When we do that we are living our simplified life!
With simplifying your life the core is always who are you, what is important to you, make that a priority.
Have the holiday that works for you.
Live in the house that suits you (rather than an image or what other people are doing).
Spend time with the people who make you smile and bring out the best in you.
Do the things that fill your soul.
Be who you are and make no apologies.
Find your simple,
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