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Simple Living Challenge – Week 4

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Welcome to Simple Living Challenges week 4.

Every Monday we have a challenge, every week of the month has a theme.

Week 4 our theme is evaluating our progress and dreaming of the future.

In today’s challenge we are going to focus on something really easy and really practical.

Ready?

Simple Living Challenge – Write it Down

Want to accomplish a goal?  Want to change your life?  Want to remember things better?  Write it down.

For our challenge today I need you to have something to write on and something to write with – ideally a notebook.

… go get something, I will wait :)

There are three  main reasons we are going to write things down.

  1. Goals written down are much more likely to happen
  2. Things written down are much more likely to be remembered. (Some studies suggest  you can take your retention from about 10% reading information to 75% when you take notes… but different sites have different percentages.  The point is, you remember much more)
  3. Writing ideas down helps you organize and fill out your thoughts better.  What may seem to make sense in your head, will get many more details added if it gets put on paper.

Got paper and pen ready?

Now I want you to dream and brainstorm about the following questions:

Take some time and be as ‘wordy’ as you can.  There is a lot.  If time is limited feel free to print the list and look at a few questions a day. Skip questions that don’t jump out at you and feel free to add questions you think of as you go along.

  1. How have I simplified my life?
  2. Why am I simplifying my life?
  3. What changes have I noticed since I started simplifying?
  4. What first interested me in minimalism (or simplification)?
  5. How would I define a simple life?
  6. How close am I to my definition of a simple life?
  7. What are the three biggest barriers to me getting to my ideal simple life?
  8. What is something I can do this week to start removing these barriers?
  9. What does it mean to be content?  Do I act content in my speech and actions?
  10. What external motivation (reading, friends, other) do I have in my life that are encouraging me to my ideal life?
  11. Which areas of my life need to be simplified the most?
  12. What is my purpose in life?  (if you don’t know, spend some time in prayer and trying a few different things out)
  13. Where am I working according to my purpose this week?
  14. What do the people closest to me need from me the most? (spouse, child, close friend, other)

Write, write, write.  Think, dream, reflect.  

Where are you at now?  How far have you come?  Are you headed in the right direction or do you need to make changes?

Quiet times thinking and writing have made the biggest difference in my life.  Doing these exercises have helped me in my simple living, my relationships, my spiritual life, and my writing.

I hope you  have a wonderful week!

2 Comments

  1. Laura

    How have I simplified my life? I sold/donated almost everything I owned leaving me with the basics. I haven’t missed one thing.

    Why am I simplifying my life? 1st, because of student loan debt and 2nd because I didn’t want to look back on my life and see all the things I missed out on because I was trying to keep up with the jones, the latest gadget or sucked into social media for hours upon hours.

    What changes have I noticed since I started simplifying? Out of debt. Less time cleaning/organizing. Out doing more. I’m working on my weight now and I have the time and freedom to do that!

    What first interested me in minimalism (or simplification)? I didn’t realize there was a name for what I was trying to do until I started reading about it online. I’ve gotten great tips and it helped me simplify even more!!!

    How would I define a simple life? A simple life if one that focuses on the people you love, experiences you gain and the freedom from possessions.

    How close am I to my definition of a simple life? I’m very close! It’s been a long but fun 3 years and I’ve almost accomplished my goals.

    What are the three biggest barriers to me getting to my ideal simple life? My weight (keeps me from some of the experiences I want). Where I live (it’s absurdly expensive and we could save so much somewhere different). My husband (he has opposite views then me on spending/saving, gadget time, experiences).

    What is something I can do this week to start removing these barriers? Out of the 3, the easiest thing to work on right now is ME! It’s swimming season here, so more laps. Fall is perfect for walking the trails. Winter I will suck it up and use the gym.

    What does it mean to be content? Happy with yourself and how you treat others.

    Do I act content in my speech and actions? I’m not sure about my speech but I am sure my actions show it.

    What external motivation (reading, friends, other) do I have in my life that are encouraging me to my ideal life? My sister. She “gets” it. She wants to live it too. She craves that peace and freedom I do.

    Which areas of my life need to be simplified the most? Again, I will say my eating habits. I have officially moved from “things owned” which was my phase 1 to phase 2 which if ME. My health. My weight. My eating habits. My activity.

    What is my purpose in life? (if you don’t know, spend some time in prayer and trying a few different things out) My purpose in life is to help others. I want to join Hospice and help people through this life and prepare for the next. I know thats what I’m meant to do.

    Where am I working according to my purpose this week? No where. I think I have a few phone calls to make.

    What do the people closest to me need from me the most? (spouse, child, close friend, other) This one I will have to think about, but my approach to these things is to just ASK.

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