I’ve been reading a lot of blogs this new year. One of my favorites is from Thoughts by Natalie about Natalie’s word of the year: minimalism. In thinking about it, I chose my word of the year to be peace. Although, I think my second word of the year would also be minimalism! It seems to be popping up everywhere. I recently found a 30-day-minimalism-challenge on another blog shared with me by my dear friend Dana. Maybe this year, I will achieve peace THROUGH minimalism.(?)
While I love the idea of the 30 day challenge, it is day two of February and February is a short month. 30 days just won’t happen this month. So here is my adaptation of this challenge for this month. I’ve chosen 15 of the 30 challenges to focus my energy on in the month of February. I will be attempting to hit all of these goals this month and am looking forward to what things will stick and become habits in the future! (Especially as I begin my training!)
- Spend 15 minutes with God – This was one of my goals at the beginning of the year and was going strong until work started again…so it is time to refocus in this area.
- Declutter your digital life – Working in social media and community management makes this particularly challenging and also particularly necessary.
- No complaint day – Or maybe, no complaint month! I’m going to fashion some sort of system that I have to “pay” in to whenever I complain.
- Clean out your closet – And I really mean I’m going to try and clean out our house. We have SO much stuff it is unbelievable and we just don’t need most of it.
- No TV all day, read instead – We had done this in the fall but it slipped by the wayside. We usually try to pick a day that we don’t have something else already planned so that it is an active effort. We are going to start this up again!
- Go for walks and practice mindfulness – I want to spend more time outside and not just with the purpose of getting more exercise but to just be in nature.
- Journal for twenty minutes – My amazing mother-in-law bought me a journal and I think I’ve opened it once. NOT what I would like to be admitting right now. So I am going to focus more energy in writing down my thoughts and journaling.
- Practice gratitude – And at the end of the day use the handy area in my Day Designer planner to write what I am grateful for.
- Identify your stress triggers – I know of oh so many stress triggers of mine but I am sure there are more. It’s like peeling an onion: it will take forever and undoubtedly make you cry.
- Take a step towards learning a new skill – This was also one of my year goals and I am going to pursue this more by looking into workshops and other opportunities!
- Evaluate your commitments – I have already begun this to some degree but I am taking a serious step back to see what is important and what I can let go of.
- Identify your 3-6 main priorities – I did this in December but I will be re-evaluating that list and praying over it.
- Evaluate your last 5 purchases – We don’t buy things very often but weighing them and considering whether or not they were worth it (to decide if similar decisions are worth it) is something I am going to focus on.
- Let go of a goal – What am I focusing on that is taking too much energy away from other things? I don’t know but I will find out!
- Learn to enjoy solitude – I don’t really do solicitude. Which is ironic because I am an introvert and really recharge by being alone. So I wonder how much more energy I’ll have if I focus on solitude.
What areas on the minimalism challenge will you attempt this month?