Friday, January 9, 2015

Simplify for 2015

a :  to reduce to basic essentials

b :  to diminish in scope or complexity


A trend in blog-land is to find a word
to focus on throughout the year,
instead of making resolutions....
I love this idea....
A word for the year provides a simple way
to reference everything you do
and carries a wonderful intentional theme.
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 2014 was Joy.  
Last January I challenged myself
to look for the joy
in all situations....
{prompted by the book of James:
"count it all joy when you encounter various trials..." }
--was i ever challenged-- 
Many difficult and astounding events
transpired for our family...
...and much of 2014's major events were anything but joyful....
and yet...there was.
if i looked.
if i counted it...

Joy, as it were,
was not a feeling
as much as it was an action... looking back...

it was there.
amongst the pitfalls; 
amid the trials; 
during the darkness and confusion we experienced...  
a calling...
a challenge...
to count it all joy...
...not feel it as joy...

 Goodbye {and thankful for} 2014
But...hello renewal of 2015!
 As I consider the blank slate that is now before us...
{...a new career path unknown...a city yet unknown to move unknown new home...}
...nothing that was will be the same...
I am grasping on to one glorious word: 

 I am shedding complicated schedules, efforts, and relationships;
Removing clutter and unused items;

Pairing down to essentials; 

...hoping to ask myself before every decision...

whether I purchase,
commit time, 
or emotional energy...
"Will this choice complicate or simplify my life?"
This is the year/season...
I will challenge myself to simplify...


  1. That's an inspiring word, Aimee. There's so much wisdom in what you wrote. And your photos are so inspiring. {I posted about my word today.. Grateful.. }Thank you so much for sharing.
    Blessings and best wishes for your year to be all that you hope and more.

    1. Thank you so much Tamara! Just read your post and was touched by this quote:..
      "Gratitude makes sense of our past,
      brings peace for today
      and creates a vision (of hope) parenthesis mine for tomorrow. "

      New follower xoxoaimee

    2. Hi Aimee! You're welcome. It's so nice to "meet" you. :) I'm so glad the quote was meaningful for you.. Thank you very much for the visit and for following along!
      Tamara xxoo

  2. An excellent post, Aimee. "Joy, as it were, was not a feeling as much as it was an action...". Very well put; very wise. "whether I purchase, commit time, or emotional energy... 'Will this choice complicate or simplify my life?'" Ooh, that's good! I think I'll make a sign of that quote and hang it by my desk. I love it! Also love the image of "Simple Freedom". Very powerful. Prayers for a fabulous 2015, Aimee! xxx ~ Nancy

    1. oh Nancy, thank you so much for your sweet comments. It is so nice to share in the deeper meanings of life. sending hugs your way-aimee

  3. I can relate!! My word is Purge, which is kind of the same. Get rid of all the unnecessary in my life in all areas. It will be hard!

    1. I totally agree! Purge is a great word!-thanks for visiting-aimee


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