As I scroll through posts from years ago, I am struck by how much has changed and how I am very much still on the same mission. The process to simplify my life has been ongoing since 2008, really. I find it comforting that I continue to see the value in this process and a touch frustrating (this is still so very much a process?).
The past few years have included many significant changes: I’ve finished my degree, gotten engaged and married, moved cities, and taken on a full-time job in a new career. I’m living with my husband now, which means we have merged two households, and we received gifts from many generous well-wishers. During my time away from blogging I (and in many cases, we) have continued to pare down. I have settled into a new lifestyle, and that has helped the de-cluttering process. Whereas in graduate school I could wear denim daily, I now need a business casual/semi-professional wardrobe for teaching high school. Whereas when I lived with my parents my dishes were stored away, I now get to use my beloved Pottery Barn Great White dishes on a daily basis. Now that a lot of what was once in flux has been settled, I am able to move more decisively toward living out the values that I continue to hone and reevaluate daily.
2012 and 2013 were years of transitioning and getting acclimated to all of the newness in my life. Now, I am familiar with the expectations of my job, what it is like to live with my husband, the many things this city has to offer, etc. I am ready to hit my stride in terms of aligning how I am living with what I claim to value.
For as long as I can remember, I have made resolutions. My format has changed through the years. A lot of years were long, daydreamed lists of things that I would love to tackle if the opportunity came along. Attending wine tastings, finding a go-to hostess gift, etc. Some years, such as what I have chronicled previously on this blog, were more specific, targeted goals, such as to contribute a certain amount to my Roth IRA. This year, neither strategy felt right. I am optimistic about the changes I can make this year–new habits, fewer things, better choices–and realistic that I cannot predict now what might be relevant goals for me in six or eight months.
What I really need for 2014? Accountability. I am rejoining the world of blogging to chronicle the next phase of this journey. I have plenty of the mundane to sift through, so I make no promises about this being a page turner (page scroller?), but it is here for anyone who, like me, finds it beneficial and motivating to find inspiration in down-and-dirty, realistic photographs and mini-victories.
Here’s to 2014!