Happy New Year!

 

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In the last few weeks of 2017 I excitedly pondered what goals I would set for the coming year. For the first time in my life I felt thrilled by the idea of setting goals to change my life and make it what I want. Don’t get me wrong – I love my life – and my goals are nothing drastic but the overall mindset and momentum behind my goal setting was unprecedented.

Here’s what did it for me: The Compound Effect and The Minimalists.

If you haven’t read The Compound Effect, you really should. Long story short: picture the life you’ve always dreamed of and set goals today that will get you there. This idea isn’t revolutionary but the details in the book guide you to make the most effective physical and mental changes so that those dreams can become a reality much sooner!

Keep in mind, that dream life is probably not hiding right around the corner – it will take a lot of work. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy while we pursue that dream.

“The happy life is not ushered in at any age to the sound of drums and trumpets. It grows upon us year by year, little by little, until at last we realize that we have it. It is achieved in individuals not by flights to the moon or Mars, but by a body of work done so well that we can lift our heads with assurance and look the world in the eye. Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life…you make it.”

Thomas S. Monson

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The less we negatively compare our lives to the lives of other people, the happier we’ll be! And believe it or not – the less we HAVE the happier we’ll be. If you have Netflix check out The Minimalists documentary, it’s life-changing. While I don’t think all of my belongings will ever fit into one suitcase, the idea behind it is what I’m working towards.

If you limit what clothes and household items you have, you limit the choices you have to make and the mess you have to clean. Instead of having five $10 shirts you sort of like you can have one $50 shirt that you love, looks amazing on you, and will last. And who doesn’t want to easily get dressed in the morning, always look fabulous, and have less to clean?! Less laundry and less clutter = more time and more of what you love with the ones you love.

Nothing makes me happier than being a mother and the entire package of life that comes with it. Now, that’s not to say that it isn’t hard – it is – but each day is a chance to start fresh and do better than the day before! And who would not love to be kissing this little face instead of doing laundry and cleaning?!

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I have several goals set for each aspect of my life but they all come together for the one goal of making the happy life I want with the ones I love. I hope yours do too!

Happy New Year!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. So here is a question for you, how do you work towards a goal of not having so much stuff when you have children who are hoarders and despite everything you do save every inch of every pieces of trash or anything they have ever been given? Or how do you effective get your kids to give away their excess stash of notebooks or whatno? I guess what I am saying is how do work towards a simplified version of minimalism if no one else in your household is on board?

    • Hey Tara! This is probably why there isn’t much on minimalism with kids — every family is so different! Developing a new lifestyle is a process for everyone, adults and kids alike, and while I’m no expert I do have a few ideas. I would start by designating a bin for each child, a shallow one that can fit under a bed, have them go through their papers etc. and they can keep whatever they love most that will fit in that bin. Choose a size that will force them to get rid of some things but allow them to keep an amount they can handle. Eventually these could hold special school projects or art projects that ideally you would go through as they continue to add things and from year to year only keep their truly favorite things. As for toys, a similar system could work – whatever they can fit into X amount of space is what they can keep. Or have a family donation day or yard sale! However you handle the initial purge try to shift everyone’s thinking towards experiences and activities instead of things (especially when it comes to gift giving!) and show them that with fewer things cleaning up is easier, they can use their imagination more, and they’ll really LOVE everything they have. Good luck!

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