Today I am celebrating the fifth year anniversary of the death of my Dad. Time heals and memories last forever.
He was my go-to for advice on money matters and business issues. Not a man of many words but what he said was wise.
He was creative in a practical way – fixing machinery and things around the house and farm, building things, welding. He did influence me in many ways and he also influenced my art career – even if he wasn’t aware of it!
You can read about that here.
I settled on the word SIMPLIFY to guide me this year. We (my word and I) are off to a great start!
I thought I would start by seeing what the dictionary definition was.
If you simplify something, you make it easier to understand or you remove the things which make it complex.
To make less complicated, clearer, or easier -Collins Dictionary
Merriam -Webser had this to say:
b : to diminish in scope or complexity : streamline
- was urged to simplify management procedures
Along with sorting and purging several items I have been reflecting on the meaning of the word beyond clearing physical clutter.
It is taking on a much deeper meaning.
I have always been aware that clutter holds you back.
I started journaling about my word.
I am hopeful that as a result of my clearing I will feel lighter, that my light will shine stronger, that I will feel renewed. With it will come a more peaceful feeling and clarity of the mind
I hope to let go of physical clutter, negative self-talk, negative talk in general, limiting beliefs, old mindsets, extra pounds, just to name a few things.
I hope to attract the things I really want in my life – like my Japanese garden outside my studio – a place for Zen moments, a renewed bathroom that offers peace and tranquility, a renewed kitchen that is more efficient and easier to organize. New friends that support my quest and are of a similar mindset. A feeling of slowing down in a sped-up world. An overall feeling of calm. Feeling less overwhelmed and more in control. Feeling more energy. Using the clarity to work on bigger goals. More time to spend in nature.
Here is a journal page along with the one in the header.
Are you interested in learning how to make a visual journal?
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