Day 1 – Wake up call – Realisation!

May 17, 2017
seeds growing
The ah-ah Moment!

It is the 17th May and I am sat at home.  I have been off work sick with the flu…the flu as in the real flu, not a bad cold – no sniffles or coughs here – just this constant headache, tiredness and aching feeling.  I honestly thought the diagnosis should be exhaustion or something even worse but let’s not go there, but I’m not going to argue with the doctor, the flu sounds better.  More like this is out of my control, a virus I picked up.  But truth be told I am not convinced, I think I am blown out, stressed, shattered and overwhelmed with life in general.

So what do I on one of these rare occasions when I have the house to myself and no one to look after (I have a husband, toddler and dog who rely on me)…I watch Netflix while of course checking my personal phone and work phone for emails.  So I started this documentary a while ago called The Minimalists, I was not a big fan but today I revisited it and thought no, you need to give this another go.  And as I was watching it and listening to all the people who had left successful careers and huge houses something started to hit home.  Like hard – a hammer to the head (and it wasnt my headache).  What was I do chasing after these dreams of more, more, more.  A bigger house, more money at work, a side business (or three)…it was always more!  To be honest I think the more is killing me!  I feel drained and picked up some bad habits along the way of solving problems with a couple to a few glasses of wine probably too often.  Something needs to give and I do not want it to be my body or my mind.

The Plan

So…what is the plan???  Well today is the start of my adventure to simplicity…

  • De-clutter – both my physical and mental environment
  • Focus on the moment – less mobile phone, less netflix (I do not really watch live TV anymore)
  • Meditate – something I have been promising myself I will do for a very long time
  • Research – minimalism, de-cluterring, getting your shit together, looking after your body
  • Decide what to do about my career (this may be a long journey)
  • Be selective in my tasks and prioritise – stop trying to do a million things

I invite you to join me on my warts and all journey.  Maybe we can learn together, lets sow the seeds together!!  I plan to blog as often as possible and will post before 10.30pm – my new curfew time!

The Research

To start this journey I need info.  First Google!

First search term I think of is “a simple life” this leads me to we are off to a good start!  The only problem with this blog is it seems packed full of wisdom so I’m going to scan the archives and just read what jumps out at me.  I’m bookmarking the site so I can revisit when I need further moments of advice and inspiration.

These are the ones I read today that just called to me:

Three Practices for the Overwhelmed, Stressed, Anxious – My takeaway lesson from this blog post by Leo Babauta is to practice just doing one activity – really concentrate on what you are doing without being distracted by something else or trying to multi-task.  Let go of deadlines and stop trying to live up to other peoples expectations.  Become comfortable with uncertainty.

5 Tips For When You Have Too Much to Do – My takeaway lesson from this blog post by Leo Babauta is when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed notice it, take a few seconds to be mindful on how your body is feeling.  Focus on one task at a time not 20!  Aim for the one task to be an impactful one if possible.  Be realistic and let things go and do it with a smile.

Watch – Ran out of time to look… to be continued.

Read – As I already own like hundreds of hundreds of books and I have started the path to decluttering I am either going to visit the library for these books, listen to Audiobooks of them or use my kindle.

My reading list so far (some of my links on this website are affiliate links – they do not affect what price you pay but contribute a little to my dream of leading a more simpler life):

The Habit Guide Ebook: Zen Habits’ Most Effective Habit Methods & Solutions by Leo Babauta

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

Once I’ve read these books I’ll do a more detailed review of what I learnt and how I am going to apply these to simplify my life.

Ok so its nearly 10pm and I’m heading towards my new curfew for sleep.  So I’ll sign off feeling more positive and less stressed about tomorrow.  Back to work but more mindful of how I’m dealing with stress and further musing on how I can lead a more simple life.

Natalie x

  • Reply
    May 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Hello Natalie, Love your writing style, and your aim to declutter. Talk about something I need also, this post was a great find! I especially have been feeling like getting into the meditation thing lately, I have heard that it works wonders for people to reduce stress and to relax, which is what I need! Sounds like you do also! I think the one major thing that I will take away from your post is to seriously contemplate meditation. Your whole post is great, but this is what jumped out at me as I have thinking about it anyway. Good luck on your journey, wonderful article!

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      May 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Eric thanks for the great comment. I will be writing more when I get around to starting my meditation journey too so check back in to read that post. I’m thinking that if I start with group meditation it might make me more disciplined and set me up with good practices.

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    May 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    I enjoyed reading your blog and found your message to be inspiring. I think you are on the right path to find that balance. I am curious to see how your journey unfolds, I will check back in. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by task as well, and the minimalist lifestyle has been something I have considered numerous times. It just brings about simplicity.
    Thank you,

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      May 22, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Heather, thank for your support and encouragement. Its all going well so far and I do feel less overwhelmed already. Hope you continue with me on the journey 🙂

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    May 24, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I do admire you proactive approach to this when you realised that something needed to change and it’s good to see that you have come up with a plan to help you get there.

    It’s good that you are starting your research by reading some good books as this should help to give you a good foundation to build on.

    I think that I’m a minimalist to a degree as I do like to keep thinks simple like finishing one job rather than have many unfinished jobs.

    All the best to you on your journey and I’d be interested to see how you go.

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      May 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Thanks so much for your support Adrian. I’m really excited to be starting this journey and just hope I achieve some clarity and less stress when I take further steps to simplify my life.

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    i.c carlos
    June 6, 2017 at 5:19 am

    I like your style of writing, it’s very simple and where it aims to be. I’m not here to give you a critical rating I’m here to give you a solid commentary. I can see where you are a coming from, I have had moments of stress in my life. I would grow so tired and overwhelmed from all the clutter in my life.

    I feel your pain, most all I enjoyed your writing style it’s very conversational. It plays out like a journal and I would love to see where it leads!

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      June 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for your kind words.

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