Tuesday, August 9, 2011

simplicity

1/2 (recent pins)

i've been reading this book over the last week and i have to tell you that although i've had it for years i just now got around to reading it and that is a crying shame. each chapter offers so much information on growing stronger in your faith. the chapter that i've found to be most challenging (other than fasting) has been simplicity. i would classify myself as a maximalist (different than a hoarder people) so simplifying doesn't necessarily come easily. after reading this great quote from coco chanel: "when accessorizing always take off the last thing you put on," i've toned down my outfit choices but the other areas of my life could still use some work.

specifically i've been trying to home in (always thought it was hone didn't you) on my inward and outward compulsions. inward: checking email & social network sites more often than i'd like to admit (can i only check them once a day?). outward: getting new clothing to keep up with fashion instead of having a classic, simple wardrobe (the older i get the more i appreciate a simple pair of jeans with a striped shirt for instance).

this is where i'm at.

i'm going to take major strides to simplify because clutter makes me feel crazy and really that's not helpful. speaking of crazy... i'll be watching three kids under three today. wish me luck!

ps the adorable shop i work with is giving away $50 towards my favorite kids line: tea! tell them i sent you...

7 comments:

wishful nals said...

couldn't agree with you more! i am trying to simplify more and more each day because it makes me so much happier. and it just makes sense! good luck today. seems like you'll have your hands full. :)

Katie said...

totally agree! the simple things are the most important!

http://breatheandhush.blogspot.com/

Shaunna Faye said...

Totally thought it was "hone in."

Anonymous said...

Thanks for spreading the word about this.

Cas said...

Such an excellent book. I posted on simplicity about a year ago and used the same photo, ironically :) My husband and I are now working through a 5 day devotional booklet on Simplicity and it's great - filled with suggest for life application, which is helpful. I found your blog when you guest posted on Bridget's and I think yours is great!

http://www.casbaldwin.blogspot.com

Your Southern Peach said...

I had this same realization a few years ago when I turned 32. It's a wonderful feeling!

I must get the book and yes, I thought it was "hone." Shame on me, the English major :)

Jamie @ charmingly ordinary said...

I was JUST whining to my husband about how I NEED new clothes (hello, year of the baby). I often vascillate between wanting to be classic and trendy. And then just wanting more clothes. And then being pissed at myself for wanting anything at all. Yuck.