Self Simplicity

We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life. —Paulo Coelho

Part of the journey of intentional self growth is becoming familiar with self simplicity. It’s a process of getting good at being simple.

In fact, I might go so far to say that self simplicity should have its finger in everything we do while traveling this journey. I do believe that it is a core ingredient to laying the foundation of self care.

I recently came across a tweet that our homes are 80% larger than they were a few decades ago, but yet, a large portion of those same homes pay for additional storage units.

There’s something wrong with this picture.

This paints a picture to physical things, but sheds light on what our society craves; more, more, more. Thinking that more is what leads to fulfillment and happiness.

Here are four areas in which you can apply self simplicity into your life to live more abundantly:

Conflict Resolution

Conflict is something we all face. Whether it’s at work with our colleagues or at home with our significant other. 

I have always been the very short tempered, stubborn to think differently, wanting to be right type of person when it comes to conflict. I would get all tense inside and my chest would start beating faster.

If conflict is something that is inevitable, I needed to think about conflict differently. I really needed to reflect on how I approach conflict.

Here are three mindsets to intentionally think about for approaching conflict resolution:

Pathway for Connection

The question isn’t so much, are you parenting the right way? as it is: are you the adult that you want your child to grow up to be? - Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

As I read these lines a feeling took over my body. A feeling of gratitude.

I am thankful for when this transformation and growth I’ve experienced occurred. I am thankful for when this shift in mindset changed my entire perspective on myself and my life.

Timing is a funny thing, somehow when looking backwards the dots seem to connect in a way that you couldn’t have even hoped for or imagined; let alone knowing they were even forming in the first place.

3 Essential Self Growth Books to Add to Your Nightstand

Reading is something that has become part of who I am.

That never used to be the case.

My sister was an avid reader all through childhood and into her adulthood. I on the other hand, was not. I can remember only reading a couple of books cover to cover. Towards the end of college is when I really began to fall in love with reading.

It took a couple of years reading different genres to find what spoke to me most; memoirs, autobiographies, biographies. This is what captured my attention and interest; people’s stories.

5 Life-Changing Lessons I’ve Learned from Self-Care

From Coping to Thriving is a six-week journey that will teach you how to turn your coping strategies into self-caring behaviors, leaving behind struggle and learning to thrive. This post is part of the Thriving Blog Tour, which is spreading self-kindness to the masses. To learn more and join us, click here.

Self-care is this funny thing that we all know we should be doing on a daily basis, but don’t carve out the space in our days to actually do it.

The moment I became intentional about wanting to truly better myself I began to notice things. I began to notice small nuances throughout the day that ultimately made a larger impact on how I felt.