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Why my word for 2017 was ‘Simplify’

July 14, 2017


Back in January, I decided to make my word for 2017 ‘Simplify’.  Life had become so hectic and I really couldn’t see it slowing down.  I felt like I was on a roller coaster and had failed in achieving Balance in my life – which was my word for 2016.

During the month the focus has been on YOU and what changes you can make to improve your life, nurture yourself and be more mindful of self-care.

Now I’m more than halfway through the year and if you have been following my blog, you will have read that I’ve been reviewing my year and taking stock of life.

Life has slowed down, my MIL is safely and lovingly cared for in an aged care facility and I’ve started to actually make my life more meaningful and appreciate the time I have in each day.

When I look around and speak to others or read articles on blogs I think we are all craving a far simpler approach to life.

I look at the next generation of parents, both usually working full-time, and trying to be ‘hands-on’ parents and giving their children every opportunity.  Their lives are like treadmills, working, running their children to school and extra-curricular activities. Even grandparents can get drawn into this treadmill by helping to look after their grandchildren.

I see parents and children who really just need a break from the ‘busy lifestyle’ they have chosen, in part because of societal demands.

But is that really the way or am I being to simplistic in my attitude because I am older now?  Can we realistically simplify our life?

My daughter works in a very responsible National role and her husband works full time but is also the primary care giver because that is the way life is.  My daughter travels frequently but they have both been very vigilint in keeping their son and his welfare front and centre.  Work might take up most of the week but at weekends it is family time – which they jealously guard.  Trips to the park, the beach, walking in nature and just ‘being’ certainly makes up for the hustle and bustle of the week.

At the moment, there is also no need to ‘compete’ with other parents and children.  Hopefully this will continue but it isn’t easy to buck the trend.

We all need down time and we all need a break from technology – which is supposed to make life easier but it doesn’t.

What did I want to Simplify?


There were three areas of my life that I wanted to simplify:

My Thoughts

I wanted to change my way of thinking and not ‘over think’ which would make me anxious.  Taking a moment each morning to be still and clear my mind helps.

My Connections

I rearranged my blogging schedule and although I’m writing more than every, I am enjoying it more.  I’ve introduced technology-free days and actually enjoy my time away from social media.  I then appreciate coming back to read the comments on my blog.

My Time

I’ve made more time to read and relax.  By changing how I view my retirement I can see now that I’m so fortunate to have the time to use as I wish.  I don’t feel guilty spending an afternoon reading or just sitting in the sun.

So halfway through 2017 I’m feeling pretty good about my life and looking forward to next month when I celebrate my 60th birthday!

Do you live a simple life?

Do you dream of living a simpler life?

The choice is really yours!


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  • Reply Donna July 14, 2017 at 12:02

    ‘Do you live a simple life?’ is such a great question, Sue…..and one to which I did not have an immediate answer. Every day I am grateful for the riches in my life – love of family and friends, the privilege of living in an amazing country, and the health and the freedom to live the life that I choose (which currently entails staying as active as I can). I love to surround myself with nature, good conversations and quality time with those that I love…and tend to avoid the flashy and the OTT. So, I believe that my most honest answer is ‘yes.’ At least I hope that it is!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 14, 2017 at 15:28

      That sounds like a pretty good life to me Donna! I’m not too flashy or OTT either I just want a life full of health and happiness for me and my loved ones.

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill July 14, 2017 at 19:24

    I’m trying to manage my time better too Sue – less running around and more chilling out. I’m also really glad that I had my kids at a time when I could choose to stay home with them for longer than a lot of parents manage to do these days. We had less, but we were happy and I like that I had that time to invest in them.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 15, 2017 at 05:26

      Yes I look at Rachel and how she tries to fit everything in, including regular travel for work. Fortunately, Ethan has a super Nan LOL:) Seriously, though it is a struggle these days but I suppose as long as children have love and security that is the main thing.

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com July 15, 2017 at 03:53

    Hi Sue! In answer to your question–YES! I’m happy to say I’ve learned to simplify my life in many ways. I actually call it “rightsizing” and as you know, write about that on my own blog quite a bit because like you, I too have learned how incredibly valuable it is. To me it is mostly taking the time to learn what really matters to me–and then eliminating everything else. It’s not giving anything up–it is moving toward, and it’s made a tremendous difference in my life. I think a real key is finding others who have also learned to appreciate the “simplified life” because then you support each other in that appreciation. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 15, 2017 at 05:21

      Hi Kathy you sound like you really have conquered the life of being too busy and I love your term ‘rightsizing’. I receive your newsletters so know that you do write about living a simplified or smartliving life as your blog name suggests. Thanks for stopping by and it is good to connect. Have a great weekend!

      • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com July 15, 2017 at 12:03

        Hi again Sue! Well thank you for the compliment but honestly, I tend to think of simplifying and rightsizing as a work in progress so I don’t consider myself an expert. One thing I do love about it is finding friends and sharing ideas with others who are also on the path. Thanks again for all you do. ~Kathy

        • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 07:59

          Yes I agree, it is great to connect with others of like mind Kathy – we can learn so much from each other. Have a great week and hope you visit again. x

  • Reply Jennifer July 15, 2017 at 10:13

    My life is certainly more simple now that I don’t have to work in a corporate office anymore. A little more complicated by living with and taking care of my mother. It’s give and take.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 17, 2017 at 07:58

      Yes I hear you re your Mum, Jennifer. I must admit that since Mike’s Mum has moved to a retirement home and is loving every minute of her life a weight has been lifted from our shoulders. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Leslie Clingan July 17, 2017 at 21:20

    I often have said to myself “I’m dancing as fast as I can”. And still, at 59, feel that way most days. Like there is some frenetic rhythm in my head that I have to keep pace with all day long. Which is why at 4:00 am, and still now at 5:20, I am up, thinking, planning, worrying, trying to get ahead of all that has to happen today. I need to follow this advice ASAP.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:40

      We must be related Leslie!!! I’m an early bird but I find I get so much done before my husband wakes up. I have found that I can achieve a simple life yet still enjoy what I want to do just not at such a frenetic pace.

  • Reply Jodie filogomo July 18, 2017 at 22:54

    I thought once I retired that this would be so me! But I don’t know what happened? ha ha….I always seem to want to do everything all the time. It’s craziness, but at least I’m having fun!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 19, 2017 at 07:31

      Well you hit it on the head – having fun! I just had a very ‘heavy’ year last year and needed to cut back. It isn’t easy though as I’m like you and want to do everything. x

  • Reply Carol A Cassara July 19, 2017 at 12:12

    I have no doubt you will always accomplish what you set out to do, from what I know of you here!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 21, 2017 at 07:17

      Thanks Carol xx I do my best 🙂

  • Reply Beverly July 20, 2017 at 09:31

    I did the craziness when my kids were little but when they went off to college, I began to slow down. They sped up again and when I retired 7 years ago, I really slowed down and enjoyed life and have been ever since. Blogging has been a big part but purchasing our motorhome was what really allowed us to travel and enjoy our time.
    Love listening to your journey. Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 21, 2017 at 07:12

      It is all about balance isn’t it Bev and you must have some great times in your motorhome touring around. I think you have it pretty well sorted. x

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