Ok, so it’s technically it’s a little past the halfway point of 2013, but I should get credit for the update anyway.
For those of you following along at home, you’ll remember that my word for the year was SIMPLIFY. Just in case you’ve recently started reading, you can read all about it right here. The gist of having a word for the year is that you use a theme to look forward at the year, thinking about what you want it to be. This is the reverse of looking back at the year to see what happened. It’s a more proactive approach. My decision to use the word SIMPLIFY was to have a cleansing effect on me in several different ways. I want to live more simply. I have more than I need. I have more things and thoughts to occupy my time than I feel like I should, from items in my home to emails in my inbox to preoccupations and more.
A few of the items I originally listed include getting rid of things in my home, removing myself from email lists, working on my budget and paying down debt.
Some of the things I’ve done so far this year are:
- Reinforcing the concepts through books, articles and conversations.
- Donating and selling things in my house.
- Getting off some email lists.
- Paying down some debt.
- Taking a look or two or three at my budget.
- Not committing to events or people I didn’t feel would be best for me at this time.
- Using eMeals.com to prepare meals.
- Following a chronological Bible reading list.
- Focusing on only a couple of volunteer activities.
Honestly, these are still all ongoing. I can still make improvements during 2013, and intend to. It may seem like a pretty good list, but some items are further along than others. None are probably as far along as I’d like them to be, but they are in a much better place than they were seven months ago and that’s important to remember.
I definitely need to listen to my theme song and read by theme verse more throughout the year. They’ll help keep me motivated. But I am proud to say I have done a little hell-gate prevailing, though again, there’s still much more to be done. And that’s the really fun stuff. 😉
So, there you go. I’m checking in, and keeping accountable right here. And I’ll definitely let you know how this year shaped up in a few more months. Fingers crossed, I’ll be able to report more progress. Scratch that: I WILL be able to report more progress!
If you’re doing something similar, please let me know how your 2013 is going. I’d love to hear!