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what is intentional simplicity?

intentional:

done by a determination to act a certain way; with purpose or aim

simplicity:

lack of complication, clearness, plainness in manners or way of life

My vision of intentional simplicity may not be what it is to someone else; however the idea to ‘act with purpose’ in conjunction with the desire for a ‘lack of complication’ can have great impact on many areas of our lives.

To unwind our busy, over-extended, visually-overloaded society is no easy task. We are bombarded from every side, every day to do more, be more, have more. This is at the expense of the one commodity we can never purchase back for ourselves.

Time…

There are so many aspects to life; family, friends, home, work, leisure, health and community. We make decisions every day about which ones receive our attention more and which ones receive our attention less. Whether these are intentional decisions or not, does not really matter to the recipient; this could be your own health or time spent with a loved one. The outcome of your choice impacts all aspects of your life, not just the ones that get your time the most.

So… are the ‘ones’ receiving your time the television, internet, video and computer games, items that can not be found due to lack of order, possessions that require too much care, the large yard that needs mowing all too often or the endless list of things that ‘should be done’?

Expending the least to gain the most…

I believe intentional simplicity centers on the premise of expending the least to gain the most.

An example of this is what you are reading; to choose the fewest, most meaningful words, with thought and purpose to impact you the most is the goal. We can apply this principle to any area of life. Our relationships, our homes, the work we engage in, how we spend our free time, how we amass our possessions and how we take care of ourselves.

It is all relative as to what ‘the most’ means to you, but I find that the more appreciative we can become of the uncomplicated moments presented in everyday life, the richer one begins to feel.

Freedom to spend more time dreaming and moving toward the vision you have for your life begins with your day to day intentions and what affords your attention.

What is one area you would prefer to spend less of your time and where would you allot that time once you had more?

welcome

 
 
 
april showers bring may flowers…
 
happy spring!
 
Welcome to everyone that may be reading this.

I thought timing this first post with the arrival of springtime was appropriate. This is the time of year that marks renewal, reawakening and new beginnings. With that, this marks a new beginning for me.

My love of writing has been with me for as long as I can remember and I am excited to share my perspective with you through this medium. As I enjoy learning; I want this platform to be of educational value to you, to help you unfold the life and home you envision.

My plan is to guide you while you discover your design preferences, understand the basic principles and influences of interior design, determine what is important in your life and live with intentional simplicity.

Life is a process and so is creating a home with character, a connection to its environment, and the ability to bring a feeling of comfort to those that experience it.

I look forward to sharing this varied journey with you…