I over-complicate things. Is anyone else guilty of that? Good. Join the club! You are welcome here.
In trying to live more naturally and simply, I wanted to get rid of all my plastic food containers, switch out all my makeup, find natural shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, and replace all my paper towels and napkins with cloth ones. Talk about a huge (and expensive) undertaking!
I had to remind myself that living more naturally and simply was a process, a journey.
I wasn't going to get there overnight, and there was no use in fretting over each decision or the amount of time it took me to reach my goal. It was also more wasteful to dump all my old products without trying to use them up first. I couldn't afford to replace everything all at once, and I decided to finish off what I had and slowly make the transition.
BREAK IT ALL DOWN
It wasn't really all that complicated when I broke it down.
1. Use up what I have
2. Find nontoxic, cruelty-free brands to shop
3. Transition from traditional brands to natural brands as things run out
Pretty simple, right? But it wasn't at first because I had way over-complicated it.
I thought it had to be this big production. I thought I had to take a stand for natural, simple living and eco-friendly products. It was like it was my responsibility to educate everyone around me about the choices I was making and why they should make them, too.
Sheesh! It sounds ridiculous and egotistical when I write it that way, but that's how it was. And do you know what? That wasn't the only time I did it!
I also had a hard time transitioning to healthier food habits. My food preferences conflict pretty dramatically with many of the people I spend my time with, and I felt like I needed to explain and justify my choices and softly (or maybe not-so-softly if you were on the receiving end) encourage them to make healthier choices.
But do you know what I've realized?
We're all happier when we make our own choices without feeling pressured to fit into someone else's idea of what we "should" do.
And if my friends or family members or coworkers would rather eat differently than me, that's their prerogative! But that also means that I can eat in the way that's best for my lifestyle and my body without feeling the need to have what everyone else is having.
Again, it's not that complicated unless I make it complicated.
Eat what makes you feel good.
SIMPLICITY FOR THE WIN
As I've seen in my own life, simplicity wins.
Simplifying my approaches to natural living, healthy eating, as well as other things, has allowed me to follow through more effectively and with less stress. And I haven't been as much of a crusader for my causes. I have my opinions, and I'll share them when asked and when appropriate, but I've stepped off my soap box and let other people make their own choices.
Simplifying also has allowed my decision making to be simpler because I know what's most important, what I stand for, and how I want to live my life.
It's not rocket science. It's not brain surgery.
In short, it's not rocket surgery.
Have you ever overcomplicated things? How did you straighten them out? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!