I decided to dig back into my archives and find my first post. It was published on January 1, 2013: Three Simple Principles for the New Year.
I’m almost 10 years in! Not 10 years of consistency, but 10 years of dabbling in writing on this blog. My clue from this is that it’s not something I want to give up even if it’s never going to find a huge audience.
My original intent for this site was to explore the idea of practical minimalism. I was intrigued by Leo Babauta and his ilk and their push to simplify their lives, reduce their stuff, and focus their time on their most important priorities.
What it has turned into is a place for me to share what I’ve been learning and experiencing.
More than exploring simplicity, though, I think it has become a sort of depository of wisdom that I’d love my kids to know and incorporate into their lives in a more effective way than I ever could.
And ultimately, I’ve decided that simplicity isn’t about how much stuff I have or don’t have. It’s not about removing things.
It’s about identifying what is truly important and learning to focus on those so much that other things begin to fade.
It’s not always easy. And as much as I’d love to explore this topic right now, I’ll wait until an anniversary post to share where I am now and where I want to go with this in the future.
But for now, let me encourage you to do this:
- Get clear on what you really would love to do.
- Get clear on the most important relationships in your life.
- Start doing as much as possible to do those things and serve those people.
- Weed out the crap that gets in the way.
That’s simplicity to me in September of 2022.