What’s the first step to move towards a simple, sustainable, meaningful life?
Know where you are now and know where you want to be.
How do you do that?
By taking time out to reflect on your life and considering what is going well and what areas you’re struggling with. This allows you to actually consider whether what you are doing actually fits in with your passions, and can help to guide you in the areas where you will be able to improve.
When reflecting on your life you’ll most likely find that there are things you are doing that you’d really like to increase doing and other things that you don’t really know why you are doing it at all.
Reflecting on my life I’ve been able to see that for me, my family and friends, my health, and being able to help others are three of the big things that are important to me. Since starting on this journey I try to combine these three into most of my daily activities.
Once you have an idea of where you are and where you want to be. It’s time to get started and take the first step towards your goal (where you want to be).
This step will be different for everyone because it will be based on where you are and where you want to go, but we’ve shared a few ideas below to help get you started.
Simple ideas to use as a first step towards a simple, sustainable, meaningful life…
Depending on where you are and where you’re heading you may decide to focus on simplifying your physical environment, your timetable, or your spiritual/emotional wellbeing.
- Declutter your wardrobe (or your medicine cabinet, bathroom or laundry). Start with a small area in your house and physically clear it out keeping only what you’ll need. If you’re worried about throwing out something you’ll need later, pack them away and if you haven’t used them in 3 – 6 months get rid of it by donating, recycling or other means. You’ll find when your physical environment is more open you”ll feel calmer and more organised.
- Declutter your timetable by modifying, cutting back or removing activities you don’t like doing or don’t really need to do. Say ‘No’ to all new commitments that don’t fit with your definition of what you want your life to be.
- Meditate for 1o minutes each day. This will help you clear your mind and help you to realise what is most important to you.
- Plant some herbs. Growing your own food can be very satisfying but also very time consuming. Herbs can easily be grown in pots inside if you don’t have room, are not too expensive, and are great for encouraging you to cook simple homemade meals.
As we start our journey we’ve begun with a bit of each of these.
Personally, I have added meditation into my daily routine, I’ve begun decluttering our house, and have a veggie patch and some fruit trees in the garden. Thanks to my illness I have had to cut back on a lot of my activities and I’m very careful about adding new activities to my schedule without considering my values and my life goals.
Janelle has begun decluttering her wardrobe, and will be sharing this journey with you next week. She is adding fruit trees to their garden and sharing responsibility of looking after our veggie patch.
We’d love to hear about your journey and what first steps you are considering taking towards your dream lifestyle.
Let us know in the comments below or contact us directly.
Which area of your life do you most want to change?
What’s one small step you could take today to start moving towards the change you want in your life?
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