Thursday, May 26, 2011
Another reason that I have been absent for so long is that I am trying this new thing where I have fewer goals. I think I blogged about the same thing last August, but I was not really successful. I set a few big goals, but I was still trying to volunteer, cook healthy meals, keep the house clean, read lots of books about simplicity, get ready for graduate school, write a blog, etc. It was exhausting. Simplicity fail!
So I decided to put the graduate school thing on hold- I am just not ready to go yet. I have also relaxed a little about the cooking and cleaning. I am still making some travel plans, working on prepping for the CEN (certified emergency nurse) exam, and doing some volunteering. I make it to the gym now and then, and I would like to loose a few pounds (nursing spread), but I'm not getting too worked up about it.
I feel somewhat like a slacker, but I also feel pretty liberated by my less goal-oriented lifestyle. Its great to just be and do, rather than staying so focused on what comes next. Also naps rule!
Somewhere on ZenHabits, Leo Babauta wrote a similar post (sorry, I can't find it now). He said you should stop setting goals because they just put your focus on what you haven't accomplished. I remember finding it pretty ironic that all of the books I read about simplifying gave lots of little assignments. Also there are enough books about minimalism and decluttering to fill your house from top to bottom. I bet the measure of a true minimalist is that he does not own any books about simplicity.
So don't overthink it, just KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)- and give yourself a break already!
PS: Random ADD moment: I think of this post from The Oatmeal every time I use the word ironic now. Hope it makes you chuckle too!