3 Ways To Simplify Your Life


The process of building has always been slower and more complicated than that of destruction. Bad things have the tendency to happen more quickly than we’d like. But if we believe it is better to build than to destroy, better to live and let live, better to be than to be seen, then we might have a chance to find a satisfying way through life.

Elaine James provides wonderful food for thought to nourish our day-to-day perspectives. I feel that food is built to be such a great analogy for life. I mean, after all,  it is the universal language. The simplest meals always seems to taste better, just by allowing its natural flavors to come through and seasoning it with just the mere essentials – a dash of pepper, a sprinkle of salt, or a squeeze of lemon. So join me in my efforts to slow down, de-clutter, and live simply. My first plan of action is to impart three of my favorite suggestions given by the author:

1. Be in bed by nine one night a week

As the author puts in words better than I could’ve said it myself, we’ve been wired to have this Protestant work ethic. I feel guilty going to bed early, unless I’m sick, because of mounting to-do lists and a variety of obligations. So I figure, one night of indulgence won’t kill me. Plus, since I know it’s going to be hard for me to sleep so early, I plan on setting the mood and turning the hours beforehand into a mini at-home spa night. Can I say win?

2. Get up an hour earlier

I am not a the worst morning person. I snooze, I whine (mostly to myself but sometimes out loud), and I sleep till the very last possible second. I have gotten better in the last couple years or so; at the end of my senior year in high school I got an award for the Most Tardies – did I mention I lived 2 minutes away? Elaine promises richness, peace and simplicity as you add your own morning ritual. And by ritual she refers to any special thing you can do on a regular basis, something that you look forward to and that you think about with a happy heart.  So I’ve decided that #2 will act as a daily mental reset button and hopefully some homemade waffles will come out of this. 

3. Pack your own lunch

If I can somehow manage to do this, it will be somewhat along the lines of a miracle. Dont’ get me wrong, I love to cook! But with working full-time and being a full-time student,  time is a luxury that I simply don’t have. And after a three-hour night class, who really has the desire to wash a sink full of dishes? I certainly don’t. But by accomplishing this, I could potentially kill three birds with one stone: I’d be staying within my monthly budget, eating healthier by being in control of my portion sizes and what goes into my meals, and because it’s such a huge time-saver I can finally hit the gym (after a year-long sabbatical that just so happened to coincide with the time I started by new job – so not good). So with the pros outweighing the cons, looks like I better start looking up some recipes.

Wish me luck!

XX. Tiffany

Adapted  from: Elaine St. James author of Simplify Your Life – 100 ways to Slow Down & Enjoy The Things That Really Matter

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