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Sitting down to my computer this morning to write I am feeling it is time for change. I have been really wanting to change some things for a while and have not been sure when to do it… this morning just feels like the right time.
I won’t be posting any more Simple Living Challenges on Mondays. It was really fun and if you want to see the posts you can read through the past 7 months of challenges here.
… or if you want the book check out Simple Living: 30 days to less stuff and more life.
Downsizing our life from ‘the normal’ to a few suitcases and traveling was one of the best decisions we made for our family. Looking back, it is amazing how much has changed.
I love the word authenticity. It is something I struggle with and one of the reasons I started writing. My natural tendencies are to live, act, and speak the way I think people want me to… but I don’t want my life to be like that. I want to be authentic in my spirituality, my family, my friends, my writing and any other way people see me. I still need a lot of practice.
While we were cutting back and simplifying our life the process was hard and confusing. We didn’t know how much stuff we should have, keep, or store. We were growing, stretching, questioning, and learning.
That being said, downsizing and organizing isn’t something we do much anymore and writing about it no longer feels very authentic. Instead of downsizing we are reaping the benefits of having a downsized life. I want my blog to reflect where we are now… and I am still trying to figure out how that will look.
I also see our life changing a lot in the future. Even since we arrived in China we have felt like this is more than a 1 year thing. We love China
However, our time and our life is much different here. I want so desperately to be able to balance teaching English, homeschooling my kids, learning language, and my writing and have it all fit. All are areas I love and enjoy. I want the benefits of simplification and time management to make it all fit, but it doesn’t.
But over the past few months everything hasn’t fit as well as I would like and language learning and homeschooling have been cut short.
Do you find yourself squeezing out the hardest parts of your life when things get busy?
When I get busy I always gravitate to the easiest stuff and the hard stuff gets squeezed out. But it is often those hardest things that are the most important.
I hate to call parenting hard because I love my kids, but parenting has never been easy for me. Learning Chinese is a whole new level of hard… just thinking about it is a bit overwhelming. But if we are going to stay here it is important. We want to be able to connect with people, to understand them better, to help them if we are able, and make good friends.
For my blog to fit my life and be authentic with where I am I will be posting once a week about the difference ‘living simple and with purpose’ makes.
I have gone many different directions with how I think this blog should look. What I really want you as a reader to get when you visit (or read any of my writing) is encouragement to live your life on purpose. Your life won’t look like mine, but it probably won’t look like anyone else’s either.
I love this blog and I love those of you who read regularly or just stumble upon it. I am excited to meet you, get to know you better, and continue growing together.
Next week I will be writing about the difference between purpose and passion. I am also working on getting interviews with other people who are living their life differently. I am excited to be able to share it all with you!
Thanks so much for reading!
P.S – I fell in love with this picture of iced coffee! Right now we are in Taiwan and it is really hot. When we go out we spend at least half of our time with iced drinks or ice cream. We travel around a bit slower, but it is still pretty fun to be in Taipei!