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Creating simplicity in motherhood

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clear to make it simple but it’s worth it in the end because once you get there you can move mountains.”

~ Steve Jobs

creating simplicity in motherhood

Sure I can do that.

No problems.

Yep, I’ll add it to the list.

Before becoming mothers, the word ‘yes’ was frequently used. Continually adding to our overflowing to-do lists, fuelling our creativity and crave for busyness. To us, being busy was a badge of honour, believing it showed passion, proved success and most of all meant we could handle just about anything life threw at us, including motherhood.

Reflecting on our time pre-mamahood, simplicity was not a focus, nor a desire. I would work 80 hours a week, spend hours at the gym or yoga studio and regularly meet friends for dinner + drinks. Holidaying for 3 weeks every 6 months became a must as I burnt the candle at both ends and chased stillness.

I’m not alone in my experience. Andy has a similar story. Pushing through the school term without consideration for health or wellness and would spend almost the entire school holidays recovering from illness that had been ever present, tinkering on the surface waiting to reveal itself when she finally took a break.

Neither of our stories are unique. Our entire world is struggling with overcommitment and procrastination for change.

We dream of living a simpler life and when we become mothers, our desire for simplicity is only amplified.

All the elements in our lives exist for a reason. To simply “cull what we don’t need”, is easier said than done.

If you’re anything like us, as mothers, there’s actually very little in your life that can be simply removed.

Having a busy life is not a bad thing, and whether you have 1, 2 or 6 kids, chaos goes with the territory. We don’t necessarily need to cull from our lives either, we just want the areas of our life to work in harmony.

Imbalance occurs from allowing one area to overshadow another.

Thus, creating balance and simplicity in our lives is not about making a list of areas and cutting it in half, but finding a way that those areas can coexist.

Simplicity is not about de-cluttering. It’s not about removing.

It is ultimately looking at the purpose and value of an area and re-evaluating whether that purpose and value is still being met.

Like you, we have conscious awareness around the need for simplicity as mamas. Developing a ’no thank you’ policy is becoming an ever increasing need as we create balance in 2016.

What does it mean to live a simple life?

To live a simple life means that ease + flow outweighs the choas ~ Kate

To live a simple life means that all areas of my life are working in harmony ~ Andy

Over to you mama. What does it mean to you to live a simple life?

To help you (and us!), we’ve created an awesome freebie to help build simplicity into our lives. Here you can map out the key areas of your lives and reflect upon the purpose of each before diving into whether that area is being under or over valued. Then we reprioritise to create balance.

simplicity worksheet freebie

2 Responses

  1. Chloe

    Wow! This really resonates with me! harmony = simplicity. I’m working towards that! Thanks for the read

    • yogamamas

      Yes mama! You’re welcome. This theme was a light bulb moment for us and a daily practice to simplify.