3 Ways to Simplify Your Life

I am not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way, being busy became a badge of honor.
         
Have you ever run into an old friend, and when she asked how you have been, your reply was busy?
         
There are many situations in life where busy is a good thing.  
         
If you start a business and there is an initial period of struggle, finally being busy is exciting.
         
But I know far too many women who are juggling so many moving pieces that busy can feel like a weight.
         
When busy becomes an unhealthy pressure, it makes it really hard to be happy.
         
It doesn’t have to feel that way though. 
         
Here are three ways so simplify your life.
         
  1. Stop chasing an ideal that doesn’t exist
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the idea of being a super human.  
         
The perfect mom.
The perfect employee.
The perfect boss.  
         
Being happy is not about being perfect, or accomplishing more or being Pinterest-worthy.
         
You don’t need to pressure yourself to the point where you run yourself ragged.
When you learn to focus on the few things that really matter, you can  actually savor the magical moments in life.
         
  1. Be clear on what’s important
         
Are you honest with yourself about what really matters
Is it your family?
Is it building a business?
Is it travel?  
Is it becoming a better version of you?
         
When we don’t have clarity on what our priorities are, it is easy to fall into the trap of trying to make everything equally important.
         
You only have 24 hours in a day.  
         
And you need to sleep.  
         
Be thoughtful about what REALLY matters and make sure that your energy is focused there.
         
  1. Be kind to yourself
In the race to be superhuman, it’s tempting to be you own worst critic.  
         
It is tempting to blame yourself for not accomplishing enough,
for not being thin enough,
for not having an immaculate house.
         
When you take the time - actually putting aside scheduled time - to remind yourself what you are thankful for, it’s easier to see that you are actually pretty amazing.
         
That you have many things to be grateful for.
         
A gratitude practice sounds so good, but not many women make time for it.  
         
When you are always looking for things to be grateful for, it becomes something you seek.  
         
Trust me, it’s really hard to be frustrated and mad at yourself when you are thinking about all the wonderful things around you.
         
You can be grateful for all sorts of things - obviously the people in your life - but also for the things many of us take for granted.  
         
Like a warm home in the winter,
hot showers,
a reliable car,
a beautiful sunset,
birds chirping outside your window.
         
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When you simplify your life, you learn that happiness doesn’t come from achievement.  
         
It actually doesn't come from anything external at all.
         
It comes from accepting that you are amazing just as you are,
         
being clear on what is truly important to you,
         
and an appreciation for the magic you have in your life.