10.16.2013

Simply

It's no secret that I battle the struggle of living a simple life in a world that reveres the overly embellished. Lately I've been trying to focus on clearing the mess in my head. I can't help but notice all the things we have that are specifically aimed at keeping us distracted: television, music, phones, computers, games. Personal revelation is a big part of my faith and I have been overwhelmed by the idea of missing insight and connections being made because my mind is constantly detained.

When I'm home alone, I often turn on music or TV just to have some noise in the background for whatever I'm doing. I've been trying to quit that habit and let my mind sit comfortably in silence. I have found so much clarity and peace for this cluttered brain. Just turning things off, putting electronics away.. It has been a breath of fresh air and I hope I can continue and not go back to the distractions so often and easily. I am a big believer in the good that comes from technological advances. But more often than not, I hear people wishing they could disconnect. As I am ending my 23rd year this December, I think I will dedicate my 24th year to disconnecting and simplifying.

19 comments:

  1. I think that is such a good idea. People constantly have their headphones in, and don't talk time to listen to the world around them, and their own thoughts. I find washing the dishes in silence is a good time for me to think. I always feel like I spend too much time on the computer, and when I do I feel guilty. There is so much more we can be doing with our time than constantly checking our emails, and notifications. I hope you figure out how to simplify your life. :) It's hard! It's something I want to do too.

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  2. This is perfect. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, you always seem to be able to express my thoughts before i can even verbalize them. Thats why you're so great, another reason I admire you so much. I'm feeling overwhelmed by my responsibilities combined with my frustrating habits of always being connected. Thanks for this. If you don't mind, i'm gonna join you in the quest to simplification.

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  3. Such good and true thoughts...things that I myself struggle through. Hope we all can work to obtain this.

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  4. very lovely and inspiring post, Bee! Really loving this.

    xo,
    rn
    www.rachelnicoleblog.com

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  5. LOVE this. I just spent the last week out of town and I didn't touch my phone, tv, a computer . . . I didn't even pick up a newspaper which is a huge deal for me. I thought at first I would go crazy but it actually felt quite liberating. I felt myself focusing so much more on the here and now. Thanks for this honest post. And with that, I think you just convinced me to get off the computer :).

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  6. Aww your cat reminds me of my old roommates cat who I absolutely adoooored!!! I love your photos, just found your blog and I look forward to more! xo

    Jessica
    cocoandmingo.com

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  7. This has been such a battle for me too. It's so hard to find a healthy balance with social media and entertainment. Over this past year I've become the biggest iPhone addict and I've found that with my busy life with Norah I'm often turning to it as an outlet or a means of "clearing my mind" or just zoning out for a minute. It's left me really numb and apathetic toward my relationship with the Lord though, my true peace and means of "clearing my mind." I really hope you find some peace and I think it's very wise of you to dedicate this upcoming year to minimizing and clearing out. I definitely will have to join you in this.

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  8. first of all beautiful photos. your cat, goodness he's cute.
    and this is a great idea.
    something that i've worked on is driving without music.
    my husband always wants something on, but there's something about driving in silence when alone or having a conversation instead of drifting off to music.
    also yay for december birthdays!

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    1. Driving in silence has also been something I'm trying to do more. It is nice when I actually do it.

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  9. Such a good post. It is so important to disconnect, it's sad that we have to in the first place but its even sadder that we find it so hard to do.

    Here's to a new year of disconnection!

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  10. Loved this! I definitely have this problem too! Amazing pictures as well. I'm just in love with this blog :)

    x leah symonne x

    itsleli.blogspot.com

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  11. This is such a great resolution. I also find myself with a thousand things in my head from all of the browsing and checking of Instagram and what not. It lowers my productivity, and I just found that by just taking all electronics outside of the bedroom, you sleep much better! (I still have to buy an actual alarm clock as I am using my phone at the moment..but I make sure it's on airplane mode all night!) SO Yes to simplify and yes to disconnecting. This will be my new year's resolution without a doubt :) xx ps: your photos are just stunning, and Finn is the cutest.

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  12. I so agree with you. In the noise of the world, it's hard to find silence and be still in it. I think this is a wonderful resolution!

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  13. i've been trying to listen to conference talks instead of music when i'm doing daily chores. it brings a lot of peace. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, I don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks!

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  14. I love this. Sometimes it's just so hard to simplify. I love minimalism, especially in design.
    Grace
    http://artiden.com

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