The Beauty of Simplifying Our Lives

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Life is a journey full of ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, and experiences that shape us into the individuals we are today. But amidst all the chaos, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what the true meaning of life is? Are we simply here to work hard, face obstacles, and then eventually die? Is that all there is to it?

I used to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, constantly chasing after success and trying to keep up with society’s expectations. But one day, I stumbled upon a quote that really struck me: “Life is simple but people make it complicated.” It made me think about how many of us are so busy with our daily lives that we forget to slow down and appreciate the little things. We get caught up in the rat race, trying to meet everyone’s expectations and forgetting to take care of ourselves.

This quote resonated with me deeply because I could see it reflected in my own life. It was then that I made a decision to simplify my life and focus on what truly matters. Here are some things that I did to achieve a more simplified life:

  1. Working from home

One of the first changes I made was to start working from home. This allowed me to be present for my children’s milestones and be there for them whenever they needed me. It also gave me the flexibility to create my own schedule and prioritize my family without compromising my work.

Of course, this may not be an option for everyone. It depends on your personality and circumstances, but if you have the opportunity to work remotely or have a home-based business, it can greatly improve your work-life balance and allow you to simplify your life.

  1. Homeschooling my children

Homeschooling not only allowed me to take care of my children while still being able to work, but it also addressed my concerns about the school system. I wanted my kids to grow up with confidence in themselves and not be pressured to compete with their peers. Homeschooling also provided a safe and secure environment for my children, free from the negative influences that often exist in traditional school settings.

I have found that it has brought so much more meaning and fulfillment. I am not saying that everyone should homeschool their children, but for me, it was the best solution to simplify my life as a working mom. It allowed me to slow down and truly enjoy every moment with my children, something that I couldn’t do if they were in traditional school.

  1. Prioritizing time with family

I also made the difficult decision to ask my husband, who works overseas, to come home and be with our family. This meant that we had to exchange roles as parents, with me becoming the breadwinner while he takes on a more active role in parenting. It was a tough adjustment at first, but it has brought our family closer together and allowed us to create more meaningful memories.

This set-up may seem unconventional to some, but we don’t care. What matters to us is that it works for our family and brings us genuine happiness. We have found a balance in our roles and responsibilities, and it has brought us closer as a couple and as parents to our children.

  1. Choosing my battles wisely

Another important aspect of my life that I have learned to simplify is my relationships with others. I have always been a firm believer in the saying, “choose your battles wisely.” This means that not all problems or conflicts are worth fighting for. Some are better off ignored and avoided. This applies not only to situations but also to the people we interact with.

I have learned to choose the people I surround myself with. I gravitate towards those who bring positivity into my life and avoid those who bring unnecessary drama and negativity. Of course, there are some people that we cannot avoid, like colleagues or family members, but in those cases, I have learned to just live with it and not expect too much.

Simplifying our lives doesn’t just apply to parenting, but it can be beneficial in all aspects of our lives. Whether it’s decluttering our homes, reducing our commitments, or focusing on what truly matters, simplifying can bring about a sense of calmness and contentment.

Life is meant to be enjoyed, not rushed through. We need to learn to take a step back and appreciate the little things around us. Spend time with loved ones, go for a walk in nature, read a book, or simply do nothing at all. These are the moments that truly matter in life.

Let’s remember that life is simple, and it’s up to us not to make it complicated. We don’t have to conform to society’s expectations or constantly strive for success. Instead, let’s focus on what truly makes us happy and brings meaning to our lives. As for me, simplifying my life has been the best decision I’ve ever made. So I challenge you to ask yourself, what can you do to simplify your life today?


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