There is something about a new year that has us all re-evaluating our lives.  Where can we do better?  How can we do more?  How can we change everything that’s not working?  Rather than making myself a bunch a promises with no real plan on how to execute them, I’m trying something different this year.  I read about coming up with a word that would act as your mantra for the year.   A word to help you keep your focus and give you something to work towards.  After writing a big list of words, I came up with one that I love.  My word for 2016 is simplify.  It works with so many areas of my life.

Simplify my wardrobe.  This is such an ongoing project for me.  I am constantly purging things from my closet but it never seems to be enough.  This year I will carry on with my mission.  Less items, and only things I love!

Simplify my thoughts.  No, I don’t want to be a simple minded person with no opinions of my own, but I would like to shut off the noise.  We spend so much time stressing out about things we can’t control, worried about unknown factors, and focusing on people who don’t enrich our lives.  Rather than all that yuck, I’d rather believe in myself and my capabilities.  I’d rather spend time with my friends and family, focus on my health, and do all things that truly make me happy.

Simplify my time with my family.  Being a work from home mom can make me get distracted easily.  There is always something to do.  Emails, phonecalls, social media, designing, and if not that there’s laundry, cooking, and cleaning.  There is nothing I love more than to hit pause on all that stuff going on around me and just sit on the floor with my daughter and build a castle or have a dance party in the living room on a Saturday morning.

A few other things I’d like to simplify…
The things I put in my body. I want to just put the good stuff in there and have fun with new recipes.
My work. Prioritize what’s important and essential and say no sometimes.
My home. Declutter, declutter, declutter.

If you were to pick one word to live by this year, what would it be?

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