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Celebrate doing less



Moms always talk about not having time for them.  Most of us take on more than we can and should handle.  Usually this time of the year we look at the schedules that we have created and realize that “this is a crazy way to live.” 

This week, we celebrate doing less.  We live in a world that encourages us to consume more than we need, acquire more than we have space for, and eat more than is healthy for our bodies.  This week, I challenge you to identify more in your life by doing less, scaling down and minimizing.     Be sure to complete each exercise and leave us a comment or two about your discoveries with this challenge. 

Did you find the call to action difficult, fun, insightful?  We want to hear from you.  The purpose of these challenges is to give you simple actions to be accountable to create more time for yourself. 

Think about scaling back. 

Are you living with too many commitments, obligations, stuff, or too few boundaries?   For example, are your children consistently staying up beyond scheduled bedtimes thereby leaving you with little “me time“ to read a book, spend time with your spouse or to exercise? 

Or is the clutter in your environment preventing you from enjoying the benefits of relaxation from being in your home?  When your house is cluttered it might prevent you from entertaining friends and family or from feeling completely at peace in your environment.  Is this you? 

Lastly, you might have a to-do list that makes you feel consistently anxious and overwhelmed.  You might decide not to try to achieve anything on this list because you feel defeated before you start.

Answer the following questions:

  • What is overwhelming me in my life right now?
  • What can I do to reduce _____________________________ in my life today?  For example -  Could I send out my laundry once a month, have a babysitter come over three hours each week, de-clutter one room per week, cut my cell phone and computer off for ____ hours per day?
  • How will making a change in _______________________________ area improve the quality of my life?
  • What long-term benefits will I experience from this change? (my environment, my schedule )
  • What is not making this change costing me?  (time, money, energy)
  • What are some of the benefits of doing less that I would like to enjoy?  (resting, reading, relaxing etc….)

Use the questions as a guide to help you to understand what changes you would like to create in your life.  Take a minute and think about each question reflectively and thoughtfully.  Doing less allows us to enjoy more.  Don’t you agree?

I encourage you to share your insights with other readers.  On Friday, I will feature one of you and your suggestions based on the weeks challenge. 

Live fully,

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  • Karen 5 years ago

    Mia - great article. During this past summer, we passed on all the summer camps instead letting each child choose 1 (one week) speciality camp and joining the local fitness center as a family. So I wasn't running them around and we ALL got our exercise at the gym. While I took classes, they swam and participated in Kickboxing and TakwonDo classes. We were doing less and the entire family benefited!

    I look forward to future columns!