Thursday, August 30, 2018

LIVING WITH LESS

I’m so busy. You’re so busy! There’s so much to do. Not enough time in the day. I might be able to come, but I cannot commit. [Legit screaming inside] We are all so busy, busy, crazy busy doing things and aren’t we just unfulfilled with our collective busyness … yours, theirs, ours. Why are we so busy?

Are we even doing what we really care about in our busyness and with who we love?! Or is it all about proving ourselves, piling it on, catching up, falling behind, and waking up tired to do it all over again – the proverbial rat race.

Friend, we deserve more for ourselves and the people and things we love.

I was going to give you five creative ways to end your busyness or a list of things to do so you can do less, but in the interest of keeping you less busy right away, let’s cut to the chase. Yes, there are things to do, but I know none of us want to be completely immersed (read: lost) in our busyness.

We want more time to read books, hug kids, take walks, see the world, heck - just see our neighborhood, give back, make art, pet puppies, watch paint dry, do nothing, and most of all, breathe.

I’m learning to live with less which is seemingly creating time and space to discover what really matters. I declutter and purge at least monthly, a trunk full of things that had been taking up space in my home without adding any value to our lives. By decluttering, and focusing on the best things instead of all the things, our home feels less stressful and more spacey.

If you are overwhelmed and under-inspired, I know how you feel. I’ve been there. I’ve worked too hard, spent too much, and slept too little. I spent much of my adult life tired, full, overwhelmed and sick. Society teaches us that more of everything will fill our proverbial voids, but I’m on to them and I’m here to tell you that it’s a lie. There is significant joy in less and in living a meaningful life.

Living more with less gives you space, time and love to remember who you are. Living with less clutter, busyness, and stress will help you make the room to do what you need to do. Simplifying my life gave me the space, time, and love to be more me, and the following practices led me back.

If you’re new here, I’m Mandi Roach and this lifestyle blog is my story and my way of encouraging you to be kind to yourself, lean in on your faith, love people, and live a meaningful life. I am a Christian and regardless of what you believe, you are welcome here. I will nudge you to discover the joy in owning/doing less, and then preach it back to me weekly. Too, I am a wife, a mother, a writer and photographer. I love yoga, reading, cooking, eating, and to be brutally honest, I love eating more than I do cooking. Hiking is my jam, and I still haven’t decided if I’m a mountain girl or a beach girl.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. While it doesn’t define me or this blog, it certainly made a huge impact on my life. Sometimes I share the lessons a life changing diagnosis delivers, including living greener and toxin-free. The past few years have been an incredible journey of love, health, and simplicity, and I’m so grateful to be on this path.


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