Hello 2016: My year of simplifying

(Yep, I’m reviving this blog! I know said in my last post that I was going to give up blogging ~forever~ (haha), but then another part of myself won out, so I’m back here.)

I was reflecting at the end of 2015 about the changes I wanted to make in my life. It struck me that what I really wanted to do most was to simplify. I’ve made resolutions over the past years, and these two would always pop up: get into a regular meditation habit, and waste less time on the Internet. What I wanted to do was to bring more peace and intentional living into my life.

Yeah, I know that sounds kinda airy-fairy and New Age-y, but hear me out. I realised that I was tired all the time, and while I was genuinely busy with work and other commitments, I never seemed to have time to do the things I wanted to do to take care of myself. And some of the stuff I wanted to do didn’t take too much time — my meditations are only 10 minutes long, and my HIIT exercise routines take 10 minutes or less, and I still didn’t have enough time on some days!

However, I could spend a full hour mindlessly browsing the Internet.

So, yeah. I want to remove all the time wasters in all aspects of my life this year. I signed up for a course called “a simple year“, which is made up of 12 months of guided instruction. It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve pegged it at coming out to around a dollar a day, which, to be honest, isn’t all that bad.

You’re probably wondering — “you’re simplifying, but you’re ADDING another thing to do on your list (blogging)?” I was listening to a podcast the other day, and they were talking about how minimalism isn’t just about getting (or doing) less things (or nothing at all), it’s about getting/doing things that are meaningful to me. I’m using this blog build the routine to set aside some time to reflect on what I’ve learned, and document my progress (hopefully).

So, here I go!

For the record: in addition to the course I linked above, I’ve subscribed to the following podcasts: Optimal Living Daily, The Minimalists, The Simple Sophisticate.

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