I have a larger-than-average size family. Jen and I have six kids ranging from 10 to 18 years of age. As you can imagine, we have a lot of activity.
Because of this, it’s been even more important for us to be intentional about how we spend our time and how we manage our stuff.
[shareable text=”It’s been absolutely necessary for us to say ‘no’ to some things so we could say ‘yes’ to others.”]It’s been absolutely necessary for us to say ‘no’ to some things so we could say ‘yes’ to others.[/shareable]
And it’s been more than worth it!
There are a number of benefits that we’ve experienced over the past few years as we’ve pursued a life of simpler focus.
Here are 3 that come to mind, immediately: (I share them with you as an encouragement!)
1- Closer relationships.
Because we say “no” to a lot of the hectic activity that is typical in our culture, we are able to spend quality time with each of them. We work together, play together, and have serious, life-changing talks.
2- Less stress.
Because we’re choosing a ‘simpler life’, our minds aren’t NEARLY as cluttered with all of the concerns and worries that come from over-scheduling, unrealistic deadlines and busy-ness. [we still have stress…just less of it than we used to have! :)]
Our brains are more free to think about the future and be creative. Which leads to the third benefit…
3- Lots of creativity!
[shareable text=”Eliminating lots of unnecessary stuff has left space for us to be creative and pursue passions.”]Eliminating lots of unnecessary stuff has left space for us to be creative and pursue passions.[/shareable] We’re able to bring new things into existence.
Between the 8 of us, we manage 2 blogs and multiple YouTube channels. Some are about simplicity. Some are music-based. Some are random comedy. We’ve written 7 ebooks for both adults and children (4 of which were illustrated by our kids).
It’s SO much fun! We are all able to come up with ideas and see them through to completion. We couldn’t do this if we let things get too complicated.
Again, there are other benefits, but these are the three that stand out the most when I think about how choosing less has affected us as a family.
Do you relate to any of these?
Are they true for you, as well?
What other benefits have you found by simplifying?
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