Sunday, January 1, 2017

Simplify 2017


Happy New Year!! My family is coming into 2017 with prayers of positive things! I have chosen SIMPLIFY as my word going into the new year. There are so many areas of my life that I have allowed to become overwhelming and messy. My heart the last month has been extremely overwhelmed with all that has been on my plate. I have come to the realization that I indeed CANNOT do EVERYTHING. I spread myself so thinly that I couldn't even enjoy the SIMPLE JOYS of life. That just is NOT ok!

So with all this being said I have had to remove myself from all things that I feel complicate or clutter my life, one being fashion blogging. I'm ashamed to say that I was so caught up in "keeping up with Jones" that I didn't ever slow down to spend that extra money and time on my children. I became the mother I never wanted to be. I know I missed out on a lot of cuddles, games, and sticky kisses. I'm thankful that eyes became open to this much sooner than later.  

 It is with regret that I tell y'all  that I will no longer be writing for the North Texas Farm and Ranch magazine, as I'm sure you may have noticed my page missing in this month's issue. I feel that I'm in a different season of life and that there are plenty of talented women who would take the job in a flash. 


As I came to grips with my new resolutions for 2017 it left me with much excitement along with a very cluttered home. There are so many articles of clothing just hanging in my closet begging for someone to wear along with clothing that I haven't worn in over a year. I decided simplifying my closet would be a wonderful thing to do. Donate most and sell a few pieces, sounded like a good plan to me. But the more I thought about the new year approaching I got to thinking why stop there? Why not go further? Why not start a new journey? 

I have always adored the "minimalist" look on social media. How beautifully simple it was. So I began to research to truly know and understand what minimalism is. The truth is there are different levels of minimalism. There are people who only own 25 things and just travel with a house or car not being on of those items. There are also people who enjoy the "family life" that own a home and car, but have simplified to having only what is needed. Minimalist are
people who have simplified their lives and found the actually joy of what really matters in life. Materialistic things don't mean anything, it's the people in your life and the relationships and memories that you cultivate with them.  I find sheer beauty in the thought of having just enough, this is what I based my happiness off of in college when I met Cameron. I remember the exact words of "I'd be happy living in a cardboard box as long as you were there with me" coming from my mouth. And now I have fallen into the world view of what success this buy that.  I have watched people on social media look so happy with all their new stuff, and maybe that did make them happy. I know with me that happiness was very fleeting. It was more like attaining that something then immediately looking to what was the next big thing. And you know what that left me with? Emptiness and a cluttered filled home. 


So I am beginning my journey of my very own minimalism. I like to think of it was "ranch home minimalism." I'm starting with myself. I will not only be simplify my own belongings but also my commitments. I need the word of the Lord poured into me this year. I have been deeply hurt by a church so much so that I am ready to move on. I'm ready for my heart to learn forgiveness toward them, but first I have to be poured into. I spent my whole church membership there pouring into others. I'm excited to find a new church home that my whole family not only feels the presence of the Lord but feels welcome and loved. 

I'm very excited about my minimalism journey to begin. There will be a great garage sale in the Finney's future. 

Also this will be the year that I start my own garden. My sweet husband bought me so many seeds for our anniversary and I didn't get a single vegetable grown. Not only do I want to use this as a way to save money for our family, but as a way to teach my children. I want them to learn responsibility and show them that hard work pays off. It will be a fun learning experience for all of us. 


I know I have rather large goals set for myself this year, but what I want most of all is to enjoy every little thing. I want to slow down, breath deep, and find the true joy of what the Lord has blessed me with. I don't even really have a complete plan and list as to how I will reach my goal, but I have faith that by taking it slowly and a whole lotta praying I will get there. I pray for steadfastness, forgiveness, faith, joy, love, health, and to simplify this coming year. 

Photography by Sarah Lanette Photography 

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