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Hi All – I am so excited to have been provided with the opportunity to guest post on Lisa Designs Life! I launched my blog about 2 months ago, I am truly living my best life and becoming more than the mother, wife, and woman that I once was. You can check out my blog at www.tymewitht.com and follow me (Tyme with T) on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Today I am sharing 3 Ways to simplify your life this spring.
Yes, I am excited about Spring – the promise of warmer weather, budding flowers, the opportunity to send the kids outside, then proceed to lock all the doors to the house and not feel bad about doing so, or fearing that they may return with a black toe from frostbite. *laughs*.
One thing I am not so excited about though; is Spring Cleaning. Because when I get started, I go berserk and the fruits of my labour are unrealized until the job is done – which is usually weeks later. Why you ask? Why is spring cleaning so exhausting? Mentally? Physically and Spiritually? Because I’m not just talking about just cleaning my home: I’m talking about cleaning my life – dusting off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book and adding to it if needed, taking the time to make sure my financial house is in order and being aware of the potential to overcommit, which will take me to the dark side. Following the steps below keep me on the right track to help reduce my anxiety and elevate my state of mind.
Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to do the same – This is how I’m making it happen:
Simplify this spring: Dust off the proverbial “blacklisted persons” book and amending accordingly.
Let’s get one thing straight: I don’t hold grudges, I hold memories. Good, bad or indifferent and yes, there is a difference. There are times when you have to cut people out. It is not malicious, it is not rude, it is not catty. It’s as simple as telling them, this isn’t working out, this relationship is not serving me. I always believed that any relationships I have should not require an absorbent amount of work… like more work than my marriage. Seriously.
So, for those friends who you lost contact with that you wish you could see again, that special someone in your life that you didn’t tell how you feel because life was hectic or the person that is draining the life out of you due to negativity and not understanding the path of light that you have chosen for yourself? Handle them. Handle them accordingly and put those people in the category where they belong.
Simplify this spring: Make sure your financial house is in order.
In the summer there is a multitude of reasons to spend money: who’s getting married, having a baby, birthday, graduation or just for the hell of it party. Not to mention the vacations you would like to take, day trips, the need for nail and haircut appointments. Gardening, new patio set, delicious margaritas on the deck, maintenance of your home; inside and outside. Shall I continue? Point being, there is a need to spend. So, when there is a need to spend there is also a need to make sure you don’t put yourself in a situation where you are stressing about money.
Plan ahead. Put whatever amount (that works for you), in a SUMMER account and don’t touch it all year. When you need to book that trip to see your bestie, throw that huge 4th of July cookout or treat yourself to a spa experience, it’ll be there and you’ll smile because there is no guilt – you budgeted for to play as hard as you work. Enjoy yourself!
Simplify this spring: Make sure to not take on more than you can handle as far as summer commitments and RSVPs.
As I mentioned above, summer is full of commitments. I cannot say yes to everything. We do not earn gold stars for running around ragged but being everywhere. I’ll be honest I am a planner. Since hubby and I are working different shifts and I have appointments related to my children, myself AND of course my blog; it started getting insane. So, under my arm always rests my planner. BUT, one thing I refuse to do is plan my weekends for every summer of the year. I am saying, “I’ll have to decide on that as we get closer”. If I miss out on something because I waited too long to commit – OH WELL. I’ll have better luck next time.
Committing to everything ahead of time does not allow the opportunity for being spontaneous and we need this in our lives to ensure it doesn’t feel like Groundhog Day every morning that we wake. If I want to open my eyeballs and head to the beach on a Sunday morning, can I do that if I’ve committed every Sunday morning to someone else’s event? No, I cannot. This is not selfish, this is thinking about yourself and what you need to do to keep your sanity. And for me, knowing who I am and what I need to stay happy – that is the best gift I’ve ever could give myself.
A big thank you and hugs to my new blogging friend Tinisha. I love your enthusiasm and honesty, it’s an honour to have you guest post here on Lisa Designs Life!
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