Simplify Your Life in 2015

simple living

A new year. A new life season. A new blog.

In my previous blog, I wrote about being a 30-something single woman with all of the calamities and celebrations that come with being single. Yet, I found as years passed, I became that bitter woman who was upset that she wasn’t married with children. My posts reflected the cynicism in dating and relationships. Yet, I didn’t want to be that woman. So, I stopped blogging and learned how to live like I may never get married. It was hard. I wanted my writing to reflect the whole me. Not just the “me” who felt like her life was lacking because she was without a man. Yet, I missed blogging. I had to figure out new things to write about. It took time to discover my new blogging identity.

During that time, I met a wonderful man who was everything I had prayed for. We dated then he proposed last June. We are getting married in July. I’m truly happy but realized that my life was getting complicated. I work at a stressful job. The stress caused physical illnesses such as a begin growth on my upper lip, a pulled back muscle, sprained rib cartilage from moving a heavy box, a bout of shingles, and trip to the ER for chest pains. Chest pains turned out to be an anxiety attack. Lying in the hospital bed, I had hit the wall. I had stopped exercising because I was too tired from working. I started stress eating and not watching my diet. The cortisol hormones produced by the stress kept the extra pounds on, making losing weight almost impossible. I had functioning anxiety where I dreamed nightly about work and didn’t know how to relax. I would wake up anxious and worried about the day. Weekly meltdowns with my finance as I cried from being overwhelmed. Not only was my work life wearing me out so was my personal life. My finance’s mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died a few months later. All during the first months of our dating relationship. Then, his stepfather had a stroke not to long after his mother’s death. And, my finance was dealing with his own health problems. The different emotions hit my like a hurricane, slamming my physical well-being. My body was screaming for help no matter how much I said I was fine. It was my truth teller.

Life became complicated. I long for simplicity. To reclaim it with gusto. It became my new mantra. It became the theme of my new blog. The Beautiful Simple. Reclaiming simplicity in everyday life. Why the title the Beautiful Simple? Because simplicity is beautiful. It helps you to lead a beautiful and authentic life. I strive for it everyday. Some days I succeed and other days I fail. But, that is okay. It is all part of the journey.

I hope you journey with me as I write about simple living through healthy eating, living frugally, self-care, and daily life. Celebrating the simple things that make our heart sing and adds joy to our existence. Simplicity is there for you if you are up to the challenge of laying down the complex “shoulds”, to-do lists, perfectionism, and complicated life scripts. It is about being simply enough and accepting it. Like the sign says – Simplify Your Life!

Simple Pleasure SongĀ of the Day – Dancing in the Moonlight by King Harvest