I’m not really all about New Year’s resolutions these days. I found that I was setting unrealistic, unattainable and unsustainable goals and resolutions for myself. I was setting myself up for failure. A few years ago I read the book One Word That Will Change Your Life and it was a game changer for me. So for the last few years, instead of making resolutions I have chosen one word. A word to guide and remind me, to help focus me. The hope is that this one word would bleed into all areas of my life in order to make me the best version of myself, not just for a month or even a year, but for good.
This year my word is SIMPLIFY. I know, it seems ironic as I prepare for the birth of my second child that I would choose to focus on simplicity. But this is actually one of the many reasons that God is showing me that this year is the perfect year to focus on simplicity.
Things that I feel called to simplify this year:
- Time with Jesus
I will be sharing various ways that I am learning to simplify in these areas over the coming weeks and months.
It All Starts at Home
One of my first practical steps to simplifying my life in 2019 was to hire someone to clean my house.
If you know me, you know that this is huge. I am quite frugal and have only paid someone to clean my house once ever and it was when I was teaching full time while being enrolled as a full time master’s student, writing my thesis.
I am working full time, preparing to be a mom of two and trying to figure out how to balance it all. As a working Mom I cherish my nights and weekends with my family and often feel that I spend a large portion of that time cleaning, organizing, meal prepping, doing laundry, etc. Though these are all necessary and good, they aren’t all things that I have to do myself. I can delegate. I can ask for help.
I have been preaching to my daughter that not only is it okay to ask for help, but it is healthy. Now I am working on doing the same for myself. Easier said than done though, right?!
Ryan and I spend time each month creating and sticking to a budget. This means we are intentional about where our money goes and what takes priority. We have decided that in this case, my time is worth the money we will be spending.
Don’t get me wrong, I still made sure I found a good bargain. I went through Amazon Home Services which allows me to get 5% cash back if I pay with an Amazon card. They also had a $10 off discount code. Additionally, I clicked through Ebates in for an additional 3% cash back.
My Best yes
At the end of the day I decided that saving money by doing the cleaning myself just wasn’t worth the time or stress it was causing. It isn’t my best yes right now. Does it need to be done? Yes. But it doesn’t HAVE to be done by me. Now instead of looking around the house, thinking of all that I need to clean, I can focus on being present with my family when I get home from work. Of course I will still have to do some cleaning in there, but I am looking forward to the freedom of coming home to a clean house and more time with my people. This is the first of many steps to simplify life in 2019.