28 January 2018

Journey to Simplicity

This year, I had a web crash. All of my web data and blog posts had been compromised and my site was taken over. It was pretty stressful. My web designer helped get back the bare bones of the site but pretty much everything was gone. I had over 12 years of blogs. That’s a lot of words and memories. I can now look back at it as a lesson that it was time to get rid of the old built up data that I was no longer using and start over.

It’s also something I’ve been trying to do with my life. Get rid of the old and keep only what is useful and a necessity. I call this life change my journey to simplicity.

About three years ago, I started to get sick. There wasn’t a label to put on what I had but I knew something was wrong with my body. I was also under a ton of stress. As a writer, that’s when the research began into being healthier.

Gluten was part of my problem. It was causing inflammation in my body and I had to learn what to eat all over again. No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no caffeine and no processed foods for a month. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt. And there began the change in my life.

Now my diet is pretty simple. I try to eat simple whole foods of vegetables and grains, minimal processed dairy, and I’ve become a pescatarian because it makes me feel better. I began to read books and blogs on simplicity and minimalism. I began to clean out the built up belongings in our home. Things I held onto out of obligation or stuff that was still in good condition but I hadn’t touched in years. It had taken time to realize that clutter was one of the main causes of my stress and anxiety.

The thing is my journey to simplicity is still a work in progress. I have a family who still has tons of stuff. And the stuff is what we need to deal with our daily lives.

I just know the simpler I make my life, the easier I can manage the lives of my family, our home, my jobs and my writing. It also gives me time to squeeze in for myself in order to stay healthier and happier.