Friday, December 30, 2011

Inspiration for the New Year

As 2011 comes to a close, I find myself feeling extra thankful for all the blessings God has given me this year.
And as I reflect on the past year -- and look ahead to the new year -- I find my heart having one strong desire for the year.  To ......
I desire to want less.  
To be CONTENT with less.  
To be HAPPY with less.  

Less obligation to outside responsibilities. (aka: learn how to say 'no')
Less physical STUFF. (aka: learn how to say 'no')
Less stress. (aka: learn how to say 'no') 
Less go, go, going. (aka: learn how to say 'no')

Are you seeing a theme here....???

This past Spring, I did a "40 Bags in 40 Days" challenge (which is seriously BLOWING UP right now on Pinterest! - YAY!)
This challenge was such a great (and effective!) way to jump start my quest for LESS.  
I had absolutely NO problem clearing my house (and garage ... and car .... etc.) of 40 bags of STUFF I didn't need.  
And as I mentioned back in one of my "40 bags" posts ....
These really are such good words to live by.  
Bottom line:  if YOU don't know that something is useful ... and if YOU don't believe something is beautiful, it is nothing more than CLUTTER.  And who needs more clutter!?  Clutter in your house leads to clutter in your life .... speaking for myself, anyway.  
So .... clutter?  BE GONE!
'Round these parts we have a fancy-shmancy new home exhibit every year called "The Street of Dreams" .... basically, you can go tour the area's most amazing new houses with the most up-to-date conveniences, newest innovations, and trendiest styles. And you can drool.  A lot.  
OK ... maybe that's just me.  

But anyway, every year we go (and drool) .... and every year, I want to tear down my house and rebuild it - haha!  
When I think about these spectacular houses, the words classy, chic, and  sophisticated come to mind.   
And I want to move in.  
But these houses -- or any brand-spankin'-new house, for that matter .... are the most inviting, I think - because they are essentially empty -- aside from the perfectly coordinating and cohesively themed furniture and accessories, placed in the perfect places by experts whose job it is to make you want to BUY these houses.  
(And oh, believe me ... I do!)

Am I suggesting that an EMPTY house is best?  
No.  Of course not.  Obviously, we need to LIVE in our home -- and that requires some STUFF!   
But if we are talking about a scale here .... 1 being empty, 10 being "Hoarders" .... I'd like to fall somewhere around a 3.  

And that includes my closet.  
That is a TALL order for me.  
I love to shop like nobody's business.  
And I seriously think if I could change careers, my new title would be.... 
But sometimes I think .... OK, actually, I KNOW .... that I enjoy the shopping part more than the actual items I'm buying.  And let's not even get started on whether or not I need to be shopping at all .... because, who am I kidding?  I need another article of clothing like I need a hole in my head!
So ....
I'm going to try really REALLY REALLY hard this year to remember those words.  
It's going to be a challenge, let me tell you.  

And STUFF aside, I also want to simplify my outlook on LIFE, in general.  
I feel like the older (and therefore, supposedly, more mature) I get, the less I feel I have to prove myself to anyone.  
But I think this quote is right on, addressing women.  Because in general, no matter HOW comfortable we are with ourselves, there is always that desire to prove ourselves, in some way or another.  
So .....
Can I get an AMEN!?  
Praise the Lord for GRACE, because goodness knows ... perfection is NOT an option.  
Grace is all I need .... and God has freely given it to ME!  (and you!)
I will strive to simply BE the person God has made me.  Imperfections and all!
And I will LET GO of everything else.  
(This is long, but you MUST read it! SO worth it!)
AHHH!  I think these above words (which I had to blow up HUGELY so that you could read them all ... sorry!) are AMAZING.  
I might just read this every day, all year long.  :-)
Here's to a SIMPLY wonderful 2012!


  1. I have chosen "simplify" as my focus word for the new year so I loved reading this post. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. great post! We too are trying to simplify this year. We are spending less on things that dont matter so much and working to make our house the way WE want it and not what we think everyone will like it to be. It is truly amazing how much closer our family is becoming by putting down the idea that we have to be and do everything that everyone else wants us to. I hope you have a blessed year!

  3. I found your blog from pinterest. Love your blog. This is so what I have been contemplating for the new year. Simplicity. Grace. Peace. Elegance. Health.
    My goals this year all surround these things.
    Thanks for the great quotes!

  4. I love your Post! It is like reading my own mind! You wrote exactly how I feel right now! Thanks I am also on a journey of to simplify and organize my life as well. And your 40 bags project is on my list of things to do this year....

    Sue :)
    Fruity Lemonade

  5. Preach it sister! :) Definitely the perfect post for ME right now. I have so much clutter in my house and my new year's resolutions include LOTS of organizing and simplifying! Not thinking 40 bags will do it for me, LOTS more!! Ha! I just sent about ten today with Dave to the Salvation Army!

  6. I've thought a lot the same thoughts this year. My thought was to instead of buying something I'll take the money that I would have spent and put it in a jar...maybe by the end of the year I'll have enough for a fun little trip. :-)

  7. Love this we find joy in living more with less.

  8. I love your blog. I found you on Pinterest. Would you be interested in a free complementary copy of my book? It's called Living Simply - Improve Your Life with Less Clutter. This offer is for the owner of this blog only.

    Click on my name and contact me through my webpage if you would like a copy.

  9. I found this "let go" on, Its a keeper. Great post altogether, live simply is my otto for 2012 as well.

  10. What a beautiful post and inspiring. I love the "Letting Go" poster especially and would love to have/make a copy to hang in you house as a reminder. Any idea on where I could get it? Bunsupbaby at gmail dot com

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