Simplify. Simplify.

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“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify. Simplify.” -Henry David Thoreau

Do we take enough moments to breathe? Do you ever stop and just admire what’s around you? I know I don’t. I’m ALWAYS focused on the future, what I should be doing and what I should be working on.

All I hear ALL the time from everyone is how we are all so bogged down, all so busy and all SO stressed out. It’s taking away from our real lives. We aren’t really living….

I think we are making our own lives complicated.

I think we need to take more time out of our overly busy days for simplier things.

My mentor @JasMollica told me to just sit and listen to music for two hours.

My best friend @MikeyFitz tells me to just calm down all the time.

These are things I actually need to be doing! This morning I finally just paused and looked around me. The leaves are changing SO beautifully on our campus. We live in the mountains and the changing of the leaves is absolutely amazing every year.

Summary:

Let’s try not to make things more complicated for ourselves. Those LONG to-do lists stress us out. Try to take things ONE thing at a time and not look at every single thing you have to do.

We should try to live more in the NOW rather than always in the future.

Let’s try it out :]

New to-do list:

-Get some hot chocolate and sit outside to drink it

-Go on a walk around campus while it’s still somewhat warm

-Dance like crazy this weekend at a party

-Take more time to myself

-Really try not to stress SO much and just live NOW!

16 thoughts on “Simplify. Simplify.

  1. Good thought. I loved having Thoreau’s quotation brought to my attention. It reminded me of the opening of a poem by little-remembered British poet, WH Davies.

    ‘What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.’

    1. Thanks! I love quotes, they are things to really live by and this one definitely caught my attention. I love the opening of this poem too! Thanks for sharing and reading :]

  2. Good thought. I loved having Thoreau’s quotation brought to my attention. It reminded me of the opening of a poem by little-remembered British poet, WH Davies.
    ‘What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.’

  3. I agree! Sometimes I just have to sit outside in the morning and drink my coffee. If I don’t I go a little crazy! I’ll give you some of my tips to just chill and forget about work!

  4. I agree! Sometimes I just have to sit outside in the morning and drink my coffee. If I don’t I go a little crazy! I’ll give you some of my tips to just chill and forget about work!

  5. Lauren, you REALLY remind me of myself when I was in college! I had a full-time job, part-time job AND was a full-time student at one point! Some people may not agree with me when I say this but as much fun and as awesome as college is, life is actually a little more relaxing when you graduate! Work is during work hours as opposed to school and work being ALL hours! 🙂 But glad you know to take a moment to breathe a relax! Have a great Halloween!

    1. Crissy, thanks for the positive comment! It is hard having three jobs and being a full-time student! I hope that life does get a little easier while I’m in college so I can still enjoy college! Happy Halloween to you as well!

  6. Lauren, you REALLY remind me of myself when I was in college! I had a full-time job, part-time job AND was a full-time student at one point! Some people may not agree with me when I say this but as much fun and as awesome as college is, life is actually a little more relaxing when you graduate! Work is during work hours as opposed to school and work being ALL hours! 🙂 But glad you know to take a moment to breathe a relax! Have a great Halloween!

    1. Crissy, thanks for the positive comment! It is hard having three jobs and being a full-time student! I hope that life does get a little easier while I’m in college so I can still enjoy college! Happy Halloween to you as well!

  7. These are great tips, Lauren! I am the same way. I get so caught up in planning for the future that I often forget to enjoy the little things. I especially like Jason Mollica’s advice: “listen to music for two hours.” For me, cranking up the music is my go-to stress reliever. That and just watching one of my favorite funny movies.

  8. These are great tips, Lauren! I am the same way. I get so caught up in planning for the future that I often forget to enjoy the little things. I especially like Jason Mollica’s advice: “listen to music for two hours.” For me, cranking up the music is my go-to stress reliever. That and just watching one of my favorite funny movies.

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