A Simplified Life – 6 months later

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that, along with thousands of others, I’ve been doing the Simplicity Challenge.

The Simplicity Challenge is one task every day for 30 days. Each task takes less than 15 minutes and costs $0. Once you’ve completed every task, you will have made leaps toward simplifying your life.

It’s not too late to jump on board! Follow Simplified on Instagram and start Day 1 today!!

It’s a little more than half-way through the challenge, and I’ve realized how much going through A Simplified Life last summer has helped in my simplifying journey and really set me up for success.

After spending the entire summer talking about this and continuing to work through the exercises this fall, I thought it would be fun to do a little check up.

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Biggest Difference

Simplified Schedule

After reading this chapter, my husband and I took the time and did the work of figuring out what we have been spending our time on. It was mostly good stuff, but after tracking our days, we realized that there were also chunks of time that weren’t being used well.

Which is totally fine if you don’t have a lot to do, don’t feel overwhelmed and don’t get that pit in your stomach when asked to add something to your calendar. But we were none of those things.

So we judiciously went through our calendars – AND habits – and weeded out what wasn’t necessary. We also made a list of what we want to do more.

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Simplifying our schedule wasn’t just about not doing stuff I didn’t want to do or having an excuse to not do hard stuff. It was about creating margin to DO WHAT MATTERS.

Six months later, we are reaping the benefits. Our pace is much slower and calmer. We definitely still have hectic days, but they are the exception to the rule

Biggest Lifestyle Change

Simplified Technology

This was the first change I made. While I was reading the book (the first time), before even finishing the rest of it, I put her suggestions into practice.

Simplifying Technology has dramatically changed my days.

I am not beholden to notifications on my phone. I no longer wake up to my phone and start my day by scrolling through a screen. And I am finally making (imperfect) photo albums to have hard copies of precious photos.

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Still Have a Long Ways to Go On

All of the areas.

But seriously, I’d have to say Finances.

It is a daily surrender to admit that we can’t have everything that we want and even if we could, that relying on all of these things to bring us joy will end badly.

It is a big heart issue for us and we are chipping away at it a little at a time.

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WIP (Work in Progress)

Simplified Space

I got through about 75% of our house, but now enough time has passed that I wonder if I should just start all over again…..

Simplified hosts the Ruthless Declutter Challenge in the spring, so I may take advantage of that and finish the task then.

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Overall, it is not an understatement to say that this book has changed my life. I said it six months ago, but six months later, I’m seeing how these seemingly small changes have made my life more like what I aspire it to be and that is such an encouragement.

I am so thankful for this journey. If you or anyone you know is feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, start HERE. You will not regret it.

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Have you read A Simplified Life yet? What have you found to be the biggest difference that it has made in your daily life?

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