December 31, 2014. The last day of the year! Sorry for my hiatus this past week or so, but I decided to take some time off of work and the blog to dive into a few new projects around the house and to SLEEP! Yes, sleep. It's amazing what a couple of good days of sleep can do for a person. I feel like I'm seeing things with a whole new perspective - what a great way to start the new year!
Apart from my DIY projects (which I'm excited to share with you in the coming weeks!), I've been thinking back on 2014 and all of the projects Tyler and I have completed through-out the year. One of the reasons I started this blog was to chronicle our adventures, and it's great to be able to look back on my posts and realize just how far we've come. I'm a fanatic list maker, so having the ability to blog about a project gives me a real sense of completion. It's like that final cross through a task to call it complete. OCD at it's finest!
Despite making lists upon lists of tasks to complete on any given day, I've never been one to set resolutions or goals come January 1st. I suppose I never really understood the purpose of starting a diet, workout regime, or organizing strategy on a particular day. I tend to look at life similar to the quote above, "Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead". It's incredibly easy to get swept up in what others are doing and measure ourselves against their successes and failures. It's even easier to wish for what they have and hope that one day your life may be as "perfect".
In 2014, Tyler and I sat down and decided that as a newly married couple, it was now up to us how we wanted to spend the rest of our life together. We decided is was important to work toward a more simple life - hence the blog title. We decided STUFF just wasn't going to make us happy, and instead, we wanted to live a life that allowed us the freedom and flexibility to do what we want without weighing ourselves down.
For a planner like myself, it's been a struggle to set aside the preconceived definitions of success. There is no defined end, no pre-set number of items to check off the list or final step that says "we made it!". It's a lifestyle. It's about making a choice each day to let the chaos and the STUFF go, and enjoy the simple things in life. But at the end of the day, that's what I'm looking forward to in 2015. Not a defined goal, but another year to work toward simple.
I hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2015! I'll be back on Monday with a summary of my December capsule and a look into our latest projects around the house. Happy New Year!