I've been thinking, and the more I think, the more I realize something; I over think things. I want to get back to the basics. I want to stop over doing life and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. I think this will help bring clarity into my life, focusing on the more important things.

reprioritizing  //  This is really where the idea of change came into my life. I took a step back from what I was doing and realized that I was not giving the time and attention to the things I loved most and it was taking it's toll on several aspects of my life. One of those things was family. Without sharing too much, the job I recently had been in, had not allowed me to visit my family as much as I've grown accustomed to doing. Over these past few months I've realized just how precious my time with the people I love is to me and my life. I felt that I was not living to live, I was living to work. Does that make sense? There was no end to my work and though it provided for me financially, it was actually doing the opposite for me in every other way. I want the things that matter most, to get the best of me, because those things deserve my time and energy the most. 

reorganizing  //  I'll expand on this below, but this was primarily because I realized that my life has become so cluttered with things. Ever since I was a  little girl, I have filled my life with lots of things. I'm sure there's some deeper meaning to it, but the void I was trying to fill with material things, I realize I can fill with so many other things of actual purpose and substance. I'm not selling all I own, but I am getting down to the bare minimum; I just don't want to live my life in excess. Back to the basics.

rethinking  //  This is really just about retraining my mind to be a new person - a better me; to stop pretending to be somebody and actually be somebody. I'm tired of saying "one day" and I truly want to start being the best me, now. Undoing the way you've thought for the last 24 years is no easy task, but it's one that I'm willing to take on. I feel empowered and capable like never before. If you set your mind to something, you truly can achieve it and I believe that with all my heart.

This is a new chapter for me. I feel like I went through a season of unrest, wrestling with anxious thoughts about where my feet were going to land - even after I seemingly had my life in order, I hadn't felt like it was coming together the way it was supposed to. It was a good time in my life, don't get me wrong. Through every season I try and grow and figure out what wisdom I can glean from it - these last six months have been no different. While I may not be in my dream situation currently, I have found rest in my soul and peace in my mind. I believe I am where God has placed me and I feel like my life is moving in the right direction. I think my biggest fear in where I was at these past few months was that my life was becoming stagnant. Where I once was a river that flowed freely with thoughts and inspiration, I felt myself plateauing. This is a place I believe we all reach, but it's so important to push past it. I am now a steady stream and I cannot wait to see what this next chapter holds for me.

I will be doing several things to incorporate this theme of simplicity into my life. 

>> decluttering: This speaks primarily to my room/closet. I love to shop. There, I said it! I have long enjoyed going out and picking up a few things here and there, and have now found myself surrounded by a bunch of stuff. Stuff that I don't really need, mind you. SO I've decided that the only purchases I make will be meaningful - things that will add to my life and not simply take up space. There are things I own that I truly treasure, and I want all of my "things" to be special. That being said, I'm cleaning out! This will be a great way for me to start saving money and a great way to give back by donating unneeded things to people who do in fact need them.

>> creating space: I have found that I think best and am highly productive when I have room. I reorganized my room a few months back, but it has since become a clutter. I'm going to be cleaning up and cleaning out as I stated earlier, and refocusing my space into a place that breeds inspiration, creativity and life. To start off, I picked up some new plant babies. I'll post more photos of my progress soon.

>> creating routine: I know routines can become mundane and boring, and sometimes they get a bad wrap, but I truly believe that a good routine, properly implemented in ones life will bring about a beautiful and fulfilling relationship between you and your life. There are several things that I plan on implementing into my daily routine. Here are a few of mine:
   exercising- running or doing yoga
   drinking more water & taking my vitamins
   journaling and reading through a devotional
   less electronics and more quiet time - more reading books
   getting more fresh air 
   cooking at least one meal/ staying on a consistent healthy diet
   crafting for the fun of it
   checking in with family and friends - through visits, phone calls, skype dates or a simple text
   maintaining a clean fresh space

So that's it for now. I hope this inspires you to challenge yourself in a new way. It's a stretch for sure, but it's one I know will pay off & something I know I'll thank myself for later. With all of that being said, you can expect the blog to start to look a little different; remember, we're going back to basics. I'm excited to revamp not only the look, but the feel and the content. I've already started to work on fresh new features that I know you will enjoy. If you have any thoughts or tips on any of this, leave a comment or even email me! I love hearing from all of you. Thanks so much friends for allowing me into your lives, for letting me share my heart and for being so kind. Have a wonderful week!

xo. Melisa


  1. wow you seriously read my mind. today i was making these sorts of lists/ideas. i can totally relate to needing to streamline my life. i just started with my closet this weekend!

  2. This is really, really good Melissa, and so true! I love it even more because my first name is Simplicity :)

  3. grt post..so inspirational..
    be happy
    xo sabbi