One of my goals for 2013 is to simplify. Here’s the way it’s worked for me this week:
Monday: Kept sick grandson, so I skipped working out and let Steve get groceries (not simplifying for him, obviously, but it worked for me!) Didn’t leave the house all day. Worked while toddler napped.
Friend without a car asked if she could come over. I told her she was welcome if she could get herself here and spend the night. Didn’t want to drive her across town unnecessarily.
Tuesday: Skipped working out and took friend for her day in court and worked on articles while we waited. Out to lunch with her. Instead of going to meet another friend for an evening Bible study, invited her to our house to join us for dinner and to study. Didn’t make dessert (a big step for me!). Then she showed up with a terrific dessert.
Wednesday: Skipped working out to host Steve’s MasterMind group here for breakfast. When vital ingredient wasn’t available, improvised with what was on hand instead of running out to the grocery store. Went to lunch with friends and remembered to take item to mail as I passed the post office en route to drop off my childhood dolls for repair. All accomplished in one efficient loop.
Homeless guy at our community meal asked if we had a sleeping bag he could have. Considered going out to buy one. Told him I’d bring one from home next Wednesday.
Regifted an item for friend’s birthday.
Thursday: Made it to Curves to work out! Picked up pictures at Walgreens on my way home.
Bible study here. Participants bring food and clean up after themselves! After they left, I collected leftovers from Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast and took them to a family with a new baby. Resisted my ironic inclination to offer to clean their house (ironic since I rarely clean my own.) Stopped en route home to return a purchase I’d made earlier. Stopped by Staples to get pen refill and drop off used ink cartridges. Both stops exactly on the route from the new baby’s house.
This may not appear to be simplifying, but for me it is. Fewer trips, consolidating plans, taking leftovers instead of cooking a new meal. I regret skipping my workout so often, but that’s just this week. Most are better than that. And soon spring will arrive and I can walk outside again and soak up the Vitamin D! That in itself simplifies my life.