What does it mean to live a streamlined life? What does that look like, really? Is it a meaningful life? Is it an intentional life? Or is it a peaceful life? All of the above?
How My Streamlined Life Journey Started
My own journey to a streamlined life began over two years ago at a Saturday morning “women’s retreat.” During those few very peaceful hours I began contemplating how in the world life had become so stressful. Then I heard a clear message: “streamline your life.” Say, WHAT?? “Streamline your life.” Easily said, not so easily done.
I have a full-time job, and let’s face it, most of us work and can’t even think about giving that up, at least not completely. After all, we need a roof over our heads, food on our tables, clothes on our backs, and the list goes on…and on…and on. In addition, many of us have who need our attention each and every day. Not to mention the myriad of daily tasks awaiting us the moment we wake in the morning.
How in the world can one streamline all that? Is it possible to live an intentional, meaningful, peaceful life without becoming overwhelmed by all the stuff of life? What DOES a streamlined life look like? A weekly date night with your spouse, regular family dinners (the kind where the whole family is at the table at the same time), a clean house, time for a beloved hobby, time to be able to help others, not having to be constantly in a rush to get somewhere or get something done?
Just Start Somewhere
It’s not going to happen overnight, but we can START with baby steps. Let’s just start here:
First, try to carve out 10-20 minutes a day to be by yourself, even if you have to lock yourself in the bathroom. (Yes, I’ve done that!) Remember the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses?” Spending a little time giving yourself a facial (ok, that’s more that 10 minutes, I know, but oh so worth it), contemplating a beautiful work of art, yoga, meditating, or praying will do wonders for your outlook on life.
Second, work on figuring out what’s holding you back from enjoying the people and things that are really important to you. Work on eliminating or minimizing those barriers. Is it our stuff that clutters our lives, or our lifestyle, or our expectations both of ourselves and others, or our commitments (financial, time, etc), maybe all of that and more?
Third, start a bullet journal to keep you on track. Writing a to-do list, appointments, and other important info in your journal will save you a lot of time. It will reduce your stress level a lot. See my post on starting a bullet journal here.
This is just the start of our journey to a Streamlined Life. It’s going to be a beautiful ride!
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