Try a Guiding Word Instead of Resolutions

Resolutions are for the birds. Until last year, I made them every year, and like many of you, had abandoned most by the first week in February. Last year, I decided to select a single word that summed up the essence and focus for the next 365 days of my life.

My guiding word for 2017 is “simplify.” The textbook definition is to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier. It literally applies to nearly every facet of my life that I would once try to tame with a resolution: my weight, my finances, my house, my health, my relationships and more.

Simplifying isn’t as easy as I thought; I really have to re-think things. I keep the word on the top of my mind, and try to use it when applicable. Here are just a few examples:

  • After searching high and low for a lost FSA card, I simply requested a new one. Most things can be replaced easily and with little hardship. Simpler and much less stressful, for sure.
  • When I have a store return, I keep it in the car until I pass the store I need to visit.
  • Instead of keeping a travel cup whose lid has a design flaw and leaks, even if it does keep my water cold for 10 hours, I gifted it to someone who will appreciate it and get one better suited for my needs. (Stanley has a great one. The lid shifts shut AND has a straw hold!)
  • When I couldn’t find my Just Wanna Melt Shower Scrub Bars at the usual spot, I just ordered them online instead of making additional stops. (Sometimes a shipping fee is worth the time and money you’d spend on an extended search.)
  • When I got a new coffee mug, I got rid of an old one to make space for the new.
  • Instead of taking time to search for a “legal” jpg for this post, I decided to take and use an image of my own, a SIMPLIFY bracelet on my wrist. (See what I just did there? Simplified when writing a blog post on simplifying.) I wear it to remind me to always seek to   simplify.

Simplifying is making so many aspects of my life better, and it’s only January. I’m looking forward to seeing how things change by the end of the year.