The Biggest Lessons I've Learned About Simplicity

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The Biggest Lessons I've Learned About Simplicity

I’ve been on this simplicity journey for a few years now, and I’ve subscribed to plenty of other blogs and podcasts on the topic and joined my fair share of community groups, too.

I’ve learned plenty of others, so now I thought it only right that I share with you what I’ve learned from my own experiences.

IT’S A JOURNEY

Simplicity is a lifestyle, a journey, not a destination.

It’s not about achieving a perfect number of anything or competing to see who can have less. That still makes life all about stuff, and simplicity is more about having the right amount so you can live your life and focus more on what really matters to you. It’s why I focus on simplicity, not minimalism.

I love how you’re allowed to change your focus and change your mind if something isn’t working for you. There’s no cookie-cutter version of simplicity that’s supposed to fit everybody or every stage of life; it ebbs and flows, it changes, as life changes. And that brings me to my second point.

IT’S INDIVIDUAL

One thing I really love about simplicity is that it’s different for everyone.

I don’t have to do simplicity the way you do or the way someone who wrote a book or runs a podcast on the topic does.

I don’t have to live in a tiny house, which is great because I love hosting, and we live in MN, where it’s too cold to be outside in the winter.

I don’t have to have a capsule wardrobe if I don’t want to, though I am considering it.

I don’t have to get rid of all my books to reach a certain limit. Which is great, ‘cause they bring me so much joy!

One of my favorite ways of incorporating simplicity into my life has been through meal planning— if you haven’t started yet, it can be a great way to streamline meals so you can spend more time outside of the kitchen! You can get started with my free Meal Planning Toolkit!

YOU CAN TAKE IT AT YOUR OWN PACE

Just like how simplicity is a journey and individual, you can go as fast or as slow as you’d like in adopting it or incorporating it into different areas of your life.

I like knowing that I don’t have to jump into the deep end or advise others to do the same. That’s not always the most comfortable way to enter into a new sort of lifestyle. I’m more of an ease-my-way-in kind of a person.

It also helped me to use up what I had before going to more natural products, for instance. I highly value products of good quality, made with good, safe, natural ingredients. But I also don’t like waste, so I wanted to use up items I had previously bought instead of throwing them away. And I didn’t feel pressured to toss them just because my ideal self wouldn’t use them; it was something I could work my way into.

THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR GROWTH, BUT NONE FOR JUDGMENT

I’ve been in so many groups about simplicity, and one thing I appreciate is all the admins and group members who advocate for everyone’s unique approach to living more simply or minimally. I like the more open acceptance of everyone’s way of doing simple living instead of pressuring people to follow a specific path.

I also like the great inspiration I get from those groups, books, articles, and podcasts— there’s such a wealth of knowledge out there! New things are constantly coming out (like reusable labels for my meal prep or my Master Your Meal Prep course), and there’s always room for growth in my life as well as those of the others in the groups with me.

I like that it’s not an end point to reach. I like that I can always get better. I like that things can change and improve and develop. It keeps me on my toes, forces me to stay focused, and gives me the opportunity to re-evaluate my priorities and choices regularly.

Where are you at in your simplicity journey— just considering the idea, a little ways in, waist-deep, or totally simplified? What’s the most intriguing or helpful part for you? Let me know!

Later, lovely!Jessie (2).png