26 Steps to Simplicity: Yes!

woman and daughter on walk

How often do you say “no” in a day?  If you’re a mom like me, too much.  My no’s often sound like, “In a little while,” “After I finish ____,” “Maybe later.”

After eXamining your life yesterday, did you find that you have more free time on your hands because of simplifying?  If so, then it is time to start saying “Yes!” again.

Contrary to popular thought, simplicity (or minimalism) isn’t about saying no to everything.  It’s about saying yes to what matters most to us.  When we cut out the clutter, simplify our schedules, close our computers, and relinquish unhealthy relationships, we have the mental and physical space to decide what is most important to us and to pursue it.

What are you ready to say “Yes!” to today?  Sitting down to a homemade meal with your family?  Taking a trip to the gym or a walk through the neighborhood?  Going on a date with your spouse? Relaxing with a good book? Finding a new job?  Buying a smaller house? Adopting a child?  Planning a family vacation?  I am saying “Yes!” to a morning routine which includes 20-30 minutes of read-aloud time with my children before we tackle our schoolwork for the day.

The possibilities are varied and endless, big and small.  We each have our own yeses to make.  What will yours be?  Be sure to share in the comments:)

6 thoughts on “26 Steps to Simplicity: Yes!

    1. Saying “no” to the things that take away our joy enables us to say “yes” to the things that give us joy. It’s important to be able to identify what those are. Thank you for your comment.

  1. I always feel bad about saying no to the kids but my husband will be the first to tell you that I say “yes” too often to school and community projects. It is all about finding a balance – helping others but also spending time for myself and my family.

    1. Absolutely, Susan! I fall into that trap, too, sometimes. We can’t be everything to everyone, though, and we have to put our families and loved ones (and ourselves) first. Only in keeping those relationships strong will we be able to serve well elsewhere. Thank you for your comment!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *