K.I.S.S.

Keep it SIMPLE, Sweetheart!

(I changed it from “Stupid” because I’m not.)

I learned this morning over at As Time Goes…Buy that tomorrow, August 1, begins Simplify Your Life Week.

Hmmm.

This week involves getting ready for guests, having a full house, hosting a party, prepping for a road trip, and wedding decisions before being gone for weeks. My list to accomplish in the kitchen today includes whole wheat apple muffins, baked cinnamon granola, and fresh squeezed honey-ginger lemonade. There’s mayhem in all areas of our yard, adding to the frenzied feeling I have. Simplify? This should be interesting.

After some thought, I decided that it’s all about perspective. Doing one thing at a time. Baby steps. Enjoying the process, not just focusing on the final product. I mean, we LOVE having guests in our house. It’s BUILT for hosting get-togethers. I get to try a new recipe for muffins, and have a date with a cup of coffee AND my juicer! Wedding planning is planning my WEDDING to John- what’s more wonderful than that? And all of the mayhem in the yard is going to result in something beautiful. Ahhhh. I can do simple, can’t I?

Simple joys:

Backhoe photos.

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Trying a new wine and loving it (shocker!).

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Pre-made swordfish skewers- easiest gourmet dinner ever.

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Evidence of a happy dog.

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Forced downtime for juicing!

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Sometimes I need to stop and regroup. This seems like the perfect week to do it. 

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What do YOU do to “simplify”?

*final image from Positively Positive

19 replies »

  1. I simply LOVE your life!
    The most important thing I do to semi-simplify is to clean my kitchen. Our kitchen is the most used room in our home and gets cluttered VERY quickly. Visual clutter is a major stress point for me. I can’t relax. It makes me grumpy and irritable. I know, you’re shocked, right? Because I seem so amazingly zen?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    So yeah. Cleaning my counter and shining my sink. It’s my simple little happy place.

  2. Where are goin for weeks and will you be blogging :). That’s a long time without you! I need to simplify dinners. Stop thinking too much into it and figure it out at the beginning of the week so I’m not stressed!

    • That’s a good one. I need to learn how to use what already have on hand instead of shopping for recipes. I’m headed to Cali and then to Colorado! I hope to blog while I’m gone!!

  3. Ha! Love this post. I’m all about simplicity so I can do what I REALLY want to do (be lazy).

    1) Don’t cook – we eat mostly fresh veggies, 2) Don’t shop until there is a “need” (rather than a want) – rarely, is there, 3) Minimal electronics usage, 4) To the farm for food – outdoor activity and connecting with nature and animals beats the grocery any day, 5) Fun with gear – a Frisbee, football, or fishing pool so easy to carry anywhere, 6) Collect and write down (yes, pencil and paper) thoughts on the back porch swing while watching birds on the feeder – I too LOVE lists!! 7) Nature hikes, and “I spy’s” with the kids: “I spy a lightening bug!”

  4. Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate! But you’re right, it is all about perspective. What will I do to simplify my week? Hmmm… Well I am thinking about going to put myself on a spending freeze for August… as in no buying non-essentails. I think that will make my life a lot more simple. One less thing to worry about. But it will be challenge! either way I’ll blog about it lolz

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