Simplify for the New Year

For the last few weeks, when I wake early I make a cup of hot tea and light a candle. Then sit curled up in a quilt on a old comfy chair and watch the flame dance in the early morning darkness. Sometimes draw on white sheets of paper.

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s resolutions, and have narrowed it down to one word.


I guess it wouldn’t really work to have that resolution and then a long list of other stuff too?

Simplify is a good ambition for me, because I always tend to over-complicate, thinking I’m going to just add one more thing until I end up breaking the camel’s back. In my art, I’m always having to force myself to stop or take stuff out and try to leave some white space.

In my house, there’s clutter everywhere that needs to be eliminated. In my office there’s baskets of papers, newspapers, photos, and notes that need to be filed. And don’t even mention computer files and email boxes!

Simplify – sounds good right now, but it will take me all year… probably my whole life.

10 thoughts on “Simplify for the New Year”

  1. I’ve been sitting with a candle and a cup of tea (or hot chocolate) in the evenings… it is so calming and peaceful. Thank you for the inspiration – I don’t know how much simplification I can get done this year, but I’m working on it. I have lots of work ahead of me!

  2. Thanks for the all encouragement! A couple of years ago I tried a 3 word resolution and promptly forgot all three. Maybe with one, I’ll be able to stick to it!

  3. Oh, such a worthy goal. Even if we never achieve it I think the urge to simplify is what keeps us coming back to basics and ground. I loved the mental picture of sitting with a candle in the early morning.

  4. Great word Pam. It was my word of the year last year, and it really helped me out of a jam a couple of times when I was getting freaked out about how complicated some project was turning out to be! I just reminded myself that I was supposed to be SIMPLIFYING and it sort of gave me permission to retreat and try again a simpler way! 🙂

  5. Sounds good to me! I have already started. I hate that I leave it until it gets out of hand so I thought I would have a resolution to spend 15 – 30 minutes a day taking care of clutter in some corner of my life so that I can keep it under control.

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