Most of the time you can find me writing about my adventure of finding style and luxury on a budget over at my main blog, Living Well Spending Less, or highlighting the latest deals and coupon matchups over at Saving Well Spending Less, or listing the day’s best coupons over at PrintHotCoupons.com. So what on earth would possess me to start a 4th site about–of all things-simplifying?
Trust me, the irony has not escaped me.
In a nutshell, Project Simplify 365 is based on the idea that consciously doing one small thing each day towards creating a simpler life can ultimately add up to a big change.
The older I get, the more oppressed I feel by the excesses in my life. There is too much stuff, too many distractions, too many things to do & too many places to go.
I see my kids becoming caught up in a world of constant distraction, where every time we turn around there is a new activity to participate in or something shinier to buy. I’ve realized that they can hardly sit still for 5 minutes without becoming bored. And as a family, we have become so busy trying to manage it all that we have lost the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and focus on the things that truly matter: honoring God, spending time with family & friends, & giving to others.
This site is mainly a tool to help me scale back, to purge my life of unnecessary extras, whether it be too much stuff, too many things to do, too much mindless time in front of the television or computer, or too much work, and focus on the essentials:
- Putting God first and spending time each day in prayer
- Spending quality time with family and friends
- Homeschooling my kids
- Cooking healthy, well balanced, non-prepackaged meals (at least most of the time)
- Nurturing my own creativity and that of my children
- Giving to others & teaching my children what it means to give
I am making a commitment to do one thing each day, however small, towards reaching these goals and eliminating the excess. I am writing about it because to me there is no bigger motivation than public accountability. I don’t know if I’ll be successful, but I am going to try.
You can follow my progress daily here as well as on the Project Simplify 365 Facebook Page. And while I am mostly doing this for the sake of my family and our sanity, I hope that it helps inspire you to make some changes this year too. Your priorities and goals don’t have to be the same as mine, but hopefully we can encourage and motivate each other to do just one thing each day.