Simplifying

It’s been six weeks since my lil man Landry Jay graced our lives right before Christmas.

He is truly a blessing, as all babies are. We’ve been looking forward having a baby for a long time. {scratch that} I’VE been looking forward to being a mother for a long time {not that my husband hasn’t…….let me explain}.

For the last 8-10 years, I’ve manipulated every minute of every day with work, social and a little bit of play — make that a LOT of play. I was getting burned out but didn’t have the heart {or cojones} to slow down, take a breath and relish in those manipulated minutes. Now I want to – NEED to slow down, cut the crap from my life and really start enjoying the simple things.

I know. You’ve heard that phrase before. It’s probably overused and under appreciated. But it’s not just me I’m living for.

I’ve got more important things to think about now.

Hannah’s recent posts about celebrating life are really hitting home with me, particularly The digital hope chest. I love this idea and have already started sending emails to Landry.

I’ve also starting reading One Bite at a Time — 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider. Some people can simplify on their own, others like me, need a guide or sometimes army-like orders. So far one of my favorite “projects” is one to start your day. Here is Tsh’s suggestion:

  1. Create a to-do list
  2. Pick 3 most important tasks
  3. From those 3, pick the worst task and do that first

I’m a constant procrastinator for the things I don’t want to do. In fact, I can see myself procrastinating on making a list of what I procrastinate about {thus the worst tasks}. Tsh has several good ideas on simplifying life. I’m anxious to tackle them all, but we’ll start with baby steps.

How do you simplify your life? Cherish the little moments? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas as I could use all the help I can get.

And a quick plug for my gal Amber Salmon {aka our sponsor Mimi & T Photography}. She took these wonderful pictures of our family…and many others. Check her out, and if you’re in the Des Moines metro area, book her to create your next family memory.

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4 Responses to Simplifying

  1. kristin says:

    What a beautiful baby! They are so sweet but grow so quickly in the first year. I cherished those moments. For me it took a long time to learn that doing the worst task first often wasn’t really that hard in the first place and it left me feeling like I accomplished something. Ignore the big things, time spent with your new family is more important.

    • Katie Ketelsen says:

      Thanks for the comment Kristin! I agree–spending time with the family is the most important. I’ve loving this time!

  2. Angela Ten Clay says:

    Great post, Katie! I read this and think about myself and my crazy pace of life. I’ve got a lot to learn from you! Thanks for the wisdom. :) Can’t wait to meet Landry!

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