2015 – The Year of Less
What has this been for us? We began the year with a vision we needed less — less stress, less stuff, fewer commitments, fewer expenses….
What this really meant was more. More of all the things that we want to have in our lives: time together, time with our children, making memories, enjoying traditions, seeing family and friends, Family First!
As I began to write about these things in my journals, my freewriting exercises; as I talked to my family and friends; as we began thinking about how we could live with less in lives, what that looked like for us was the beginning of a change. An evolution if you will. Creating time, both mentally and physically, in our lives was of utmost importance to my husband and me.
When it became clear that my little surgery was going to be a lot more, I literally did become less — well, at least surgically! I have read about minimalism for a few years and continue to take steps towards becoming more by carrying less physically, emotionally, literally.
I’m an environmentalist, a biologist, by trade. As such, I already have a desire to have less impact on our world. While every decision, every choice, could be questioned (some more than others) or debated, I’m human. I accept that and give myself GRACE in my existence.
However, intentionally living in our world with the idea that it’s okay to live in your truth. It’s okay to live by your own own moral compass. I want to live within my own best self, my own convictions. I don’t want to judge or be judged, I just want to listen. I also want to be heard.
To Live Lightly — I’m loving the idea of it, fleshing it out in my writing, and considering what it is, what it can be. How can I encourage others to look within? I think we all have this desire within us. The desire may be bigger in some than others; it may be sidelined outside of special friends, children, lovers. To live life fully, take each day as your own; it’s worth it.
Following your true center, moral compass, the goodness that is within each one of us — How can I live with less, and gain more? How can I lead by example? Be the change I want to see in the world?