year of living minimally

The Year of Living Minimally: Week Six

Remember when I said I spent a lot of money repairing my car? Nothing expensive in the scheme of things, but it really threw off my monthly figures?

Well, I got a flat on my way home from my first day of my new job. Wonderful, right? Just days after I got my car checked over, and just days before going out of town.

Besides that, it was a good week. I met some coworkers at my new job, got started setting up my space (it’s mostly physical labor at this point), and then got to take off for a long weekend. Not too shabby, huh?

The mindset of this past week was adapting and accepting. This new job gives us a new schedule, so I’ve been thinking about how to streamline chores and things to fit around those hours.

I have been trying to be more present in my daily life, trying to have more patience in general, and trying to focus on one thing at a time. There is so much I want to do, and so much I need to do, that I am working on finding the balance there.

Working around my new job, I am thinking I might get up earlier and work on something creative. I’ve missed writing and am slowly getting back into it, and I think waking up and having coffee and writing longhand will be a wonderful way to ease into the day.

I’ll work, do any errands on the way home, and then do any chores while my son eats dinner and has a bath.

After the bustle of the day and once my son is in bed, I think I will work on my contract book. It is more “work” than “creative”, so I’m a little worried that I won’t be in the mood by the end of the day. But it’s something I can draft with a podcast or show on in the background, and it can still be somewhat relaxing yet productive. Then I can edit it on weekends during his naps, or something like that.

Knowing I can make time for all of this really invigorates me. Too often I wait until a deadline and then push too hard to get it all done. But I want to use my time more meaningfully, and I think this will make it work.

The trip this weekend was so relaxing, just spending time with friends and exploring a new city. It reminded me of how I used to feel and how I used to travel, and it’s a feeling I want to harness and use in my daily life, also. That relaxed pace of vacation can still fit into your everyday life if you give enough time to complete tasks. I can wake up a little earlier and leave the house a little earlier so there is no rush to get ready and get to work. I can enjoy every (well, ok, MOST) moments instead of anxiously looking ahead to what needs to be done.

I unplugged from my phone a lot this weekend, and didn’t even have a computer with me, and it felt great. I want to remember that feeling and try to do as much computer work as I can at one time. I’d rather sit at the computer for 2 hours and get a week’s worth of posts and promotions done than have to log on for a few minutes every day. I think that separation will also keep me from looking at random things online for too long!

While this week wasn’t minimal at all – more driving, more gas fill-ups, more eating out – it had a minimal mentality that totally refreshed me emotionally as well as my outlook for life as it changes.


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