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Monday, January 4, 2016


I have never chosen a word of the year before. I believe life is constantly changing, fluctuating, growing. However, after taking some time off (thank you so much to everyone for your well wishes) I realized what I want to see happen in my life over the next year and really for the rest of my life. 

I want to return to a more "simple" way of living. I want to practice what I preach in this blog. Life can and should be simpler and more serene. 

When exactly did life become so chaotic? When did stress take over my life? What is my part in allowing this to happen? 

The stresses that I have faced over the last few years are still there. They are not easily resolved, and many of them are not something that I have the power to fix. 

What I can do is take a simpler approach to life in general. I can focus on the "simple" things that have brought me joy in the past. I can bring back a sense of fun and play into my life. I can learn to live in the moment. 

This year I have chosen a word and it is "SIMPLE". 

Focusing on a simpler and more serene life is going to be fun. I can't wait to share it with you, and if you have things you are doing to simplify your own life I would love to hear about them. 

You can find more of the Rewriting Life series here.
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  1. I join you in this quest for a simpler life!! I know I complicate my own life without any help from others and it's time to STOP! I always think I can do more than I actually can and I'm guilty at biting off more than I can chew! A simple life doesn't mean a PLAIN life! Thank you for these insights......

  2. I think we could all benefit from a more simple life,,, take care,,

  3. Jemma wrote something similar a few days ago. They're putting up a clothesline, for instance, at their newly built home. I sometimes choose a word, but I didn't this year. I just want to stay on the simple path I've put myself on.

  4. I love this, Laura...I am striving for a more simple life, too. I wish I could click my fingers and be there lol...unfortunately sometimes it takes work to get there! But you know, maybe we appreciate it more, when we have made an effort to achieve it...

  5. I was just thinking about chaos and how we can be consumed by it, or how we can control our reaction to chaos. Unfortunately, I believe that our society craves chaos and is overcome by it's results. Living simply is our best defense. I wish you peace and contentment in this new year.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. I've read similar thoughts this week from other bloggers...I think we're all on the same wavelength! I hope that you can remember to breathe deep (simple, yes - but we forget to do this and we get panicky)...and take time for yourself.

  7. This is a great word for the new year. A word many of us need to reflect upon.

  8. Simple is a pure and fine word. Easy to carry with you. For me the simplifing of my life began with a new home in the archipelago where the rhythm of life is peaceful - here the only hurry we have is to the ferry on those days we decide to visit the continent:)

  9. This made me think of Sunday morning when in Sunday School the leader looked at me directly and asked me what I do all day!?? I did not say this to him but I work all day to save money. Cook, cut coupons, CVS ads and Walgreens plus grocery stores to get best buy. Clean. Right now I am using You Tube to help me fix my sewing machine and I think I have it fixed. His objective was to get me to do more work in the church. I simply don't have time and I've told everyone there who has asked me that I don't. Since he cannot hear "no" we will go to another Sunday School soon although we love the people in our class. Hope to keep in touch from time to time with a lunch or by phone.
    I have sewing to do to earn a little money. I am fine. I have asked the church for nothing and left extra money in the coffee jar each week. But it is never enough. Just as a side note this guy has a camper, goes on vacations, has a pool, and on and on. I want to simplify just like you suggest and I'll be watching for tips to help me do just that. Hugs...

  10. This is a wonderful post and Happy New Years. The photos brought something I'd like to away, PEACE. I have to work on that most of all. My health depends on peace. Less stress is crucial for MS. I have to take control


  11. Simple...what a wonderful word to chose for the New Year. Life seems to be so crazy, and people seem to want more and more that a return to the sweet simple life would be nice.

  12. I couldn't agree with you more. I think "simple" is a great word to embrace this year! I hope that it will be foremost in your mind whenever you face challenges. Then, maybe it will redirect your thoughts and actions to something easier to deal with. I guess my new word for this year is "change". I'm trying to embrace it but I'm also nervous about it. Thankfully, the change that I will be facing should be positive but it's still something different. Change does not come easily to me. I hope that this year brings us both things that we can deal with easily and not fret over.

  13. I love this- my mom has always been really interested in studying the amish because of their simple ways of life and because of her I find it really interesting too!

  14. I like your word of the year. I'm trying to simplify a few things as well as I belive it'll make my life happier.


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