I am trying to simplify my life by being intentional in what I buy, make and keep. This means that I have less clutter in all facets of my life and that I have a clearer view of what brings joy and what has value.
Gradually, one at a time, I’ve made changes to the way I approach working, playing and even eating. The effects of some of the small changes were immediate – listening to an audiobook on the way to work instead of the usual bombastic morning radio allowed me to arrive more relaxed and inspired. Reducing my clothing to only my most favourite things has taken the rush out of my morning and the overwhelming laundry out of my weekends. Preparing most of my meals instead of defaulting to take out has resulted in eating better and financial gain. I’m less stressed, more calm; less burdened, more free – all because I’m paying attention to what I’m doing. I’m no longer on autopilot.
One really simple change vividly illustrates my newfound mindfulness. I’ve rediscovered pour-over coffee and it makes me happy. Coffee starts my day. It picks me up. It is a pause. It is a comfort. So, now, I take care in making it as it is meant to be. Simply. Strip away all the special appliances, packaging and instructions and what you have left is something quick and simple, full of flavour and so satisfying.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Melitta Canada, but all opinions are my own.