How To Start Living A Simpler Life

Simply + Fiercely

With two young children and a small business to run, I’m in what many would consider a “busy” season of life—and, of course, to some extent, this is true.

These days, things are different, and I’m grateful. I’ve learned how to balance slow and simple living with my dreams and ambitions, in a way that feels right for my family and me.

We live on our own terms, with less stuff but more quality time, and it’s such a gift. If you’d like to pursue a similar shift, then here are five easy things you can do to live a simpler life too.

You can’t have it all, but you can find balance by defining your priorities. A big part of this is making an intentional choice about what to walk away from.

Decide what to stop chasing

Learning to practice self-compassion takes time (I’m certainly a work-in-progress), but it’s worth putting in the effort because it makes a huge difference in the long run. I don’t think you can ever truly simplify your life without it.

Practice self-compassion

Create physical space in your schedule by pausing throughout your day. Before you get out of the car, turn on your computer, or take your first sip of coffee, challenge yourself to sit quietly for just a moment.

Learn to linger

This is simple but oh-so-important: prioritise joy in your life. Don’t wait for tomorrow or “someday”. Instead, the time to act is now—keeping in mind that joy can be found in the little things.

Prioritise joy every day

Finally, I’ve learned that simple living is the result of hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny decisions. Collectively, these small choices matter more than sweeping changes like a new career or moving home.

Create space to reflect and do it often

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