Tuesday, December 26, 2006

~ Simplifying My Life ~

Being rich is having money;
being wealthy is having time.
~ Margaret Bonnano

It is time to actually implement the steps necessary to simplify my life. I want more for my life in the New Year and I must start somewhere, right?! I was not sure what I was going to do to change my current lifestyle. I thought quitting my job would be it, but I see that is just one thing I could do to improve my life. There is more to it than this and I will have to start with the assessment of my time.

I am reading “simplify your time” by Marcia Ramsland, its a Woman of Faith book. I stumbled on it last week at the library. I thought it was part of the Simple Living series like the A Simple Christmas, but its not. I was drawn by the title and the color of the book. ;D I’ve read so many books on organization and such, that I am not sure I want to read this one until after I read the introduction and the note from the author. I am planning to drop most of my reading lists and begin working through this book. It is divided into 4 weeks, with 30 days worth of chapters to work on managing my time. I am beginning to see how getting my time management under control could help to simplify my life. Not necessarily on a professional level, but on a personal level to allow me to be more, doing less. You know I love the saying “less is more” and I’m beginning to see that I must do something about my hectic lifestyle in order to truly have this concept everyday of the year. The random thing is for the birds.

So, simplified living, here I come. I want to live a full life without stress, giving freely of myself and enjoying the simple pleasures the Lord brings my way. Here I go ~ my decision statement that I share here so that I can be accountable to my blogging buddies ;D :

I want to make my life better - and I believe the place to start is learning how to spend my time more effectively. I’m willing to go on a “diamond hunt” to find the solution to my time challenges for thirty days.

I want to simplify my life by simplifying my time, and I’m determined to make the necessary changes by taking this four week 30-day journey. After all, this is the time of my life!

*I will be journaling weekly about my progress instead of daily. I will be using my new habit of journaling in my personal book and sharing in summary form.

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it.
~ John Ruskin