I am not a simple person. My friends call me High Maintenance and I certainly can laugh at myself as know I can be a handful at the best of times. But I am at a stage of my life that I crave simplicity and a slower pace. I've been craving it for a while actually but couldn't actually make it come together until now.
About a year ago I started to reevaluate my career and business choices to be able to focus more time on my own daughters and family. After a lot of consideration I finally just sold (last week!) one of my Small/Medium Sized business' after more than a decade of lots of work and responsibility. I was simply getting pulled into too many directions and felt torn, guilty and like I was "half assing" every single thing. Today I am completely a fish out of water with a whole new routine and outlook! And none too soon as all the signs are pointing me to living a simpler, more meaningful life.
Tragically we were met with a sudden loss a couple weeks ago and are still grieving the loss of a close friends' son, taken too soon.
Add to that about hearing the news reports of fifty-nine innocent lives lost in Las Vegas today while enjoying a Country Music concert.
I can't make sense of this world anymore but we all need to find comfort in what we do each and every day. Hug your kids every day and tell your loved ones how much you love them. Today. Find your meaning and find peace. And find simplicity.
Rewind back to this past May when I had no idea what the rest of this year held for me except that I needed to find more meaning and peace. I planned this trip to India for November and it clearly was the sign I was looking for to find more spirituality and life meaning. Yoga, meditation, adventure, exploration (and great food!).
Now back to my present day "Simpler Life" that started today:
I woke up way too early mind racing at around 5:30am (way before my 7am alarm).
I wrote in my brand new Two Minute Mornings Gratitude Journal to focus my mind and goals for the day ahead. Check.
I looked after some work stuff that had to be cleared off my plate to settle my mind. Check.
While getting the kids off to school I threw dinner in my slow cooker to have a healthy meal for my family tonight (chickpea vegetarian curry, yum!). Check.
I looked after some physical stuff that I've been neglecting due to too much on my plate (Who really needs a foot to actually walk on anyway? So overrated ;)). Doctors appointment and x-ray done. Check.
Then I came home to a quiet house this afternoon and made myself this comforting anti-inflammatory Matcha Turmeric Latte (no sugar, low calorie version). I drank this deliciousness while making my To Do list for the next week ahead for my other small business, my organic handcrafted skincare line, that I can now focus on solely.
Today was to me a far simpler day than my usual harried schedule. I felt focused and productive and less stressed. Heck I even got around to writing this blog post! And so here is a quick quiz to help you determine if your life is simple or you need to do some work to scale back.
Here's Your Simple 5 Question Simplicity test:
- Are you always feeling pulled in a thousand different directions and never feel satisfied with any one job you're doing?
- Are you always half-listening to your children, spouse, and friends while your mind races about something else?
- Do you look around your home, bedroom, office, car and feel a sense of disarray and disorganization simply because you don't have the time to spend on cleaning up?
- Do you eat most meals in your car while driving from one thing to the next?
- Do you look after your health (meaning do you make sure to use healthy products ON your body, watch you put IN your body, and also take time to ensure your physical and mental health is in check)?
As much as I am very fortunate to have had career and business opportunities in my life that brought me to who I am today, I am so very excited to now put all of of my passion and focus on my artisan handcrafted 100% organic and natural product line. It is my true passion and includes a natural premium skin care line, organic natural deodorant that really and truly works (or your money back!), natural anti aging face products which are all plant based and contain simple anti-aging ingredients from the earth, and our top selling natural face scrub with organic lemons and cane sugar to brighten, exfoliate and create a youthful appearance.
Now that you've read this blog, want to know more about Clean Kiss Organics?
We create 100% Natural and Organic, Canadian artisan handcrafted products that are simple and pure for your body, face, hair and home. Our specialty is anti-aging premium skincare, all natural deodorant, and products for curly hair.
We are 100% Vegan, GMO free, Gluten Free (and free of all unnecessary garbage!) and Leaping Bunny Certified (meaning we never test on animals and neither do our suppliers). We also proudly give a portion of our sales to help homeless women and their children to get back on track with housing, education, and financial support.