Simplify: One Little Word 2018

Simplify – I’ve been thinking about this word a lot lately.  It’s been on my mind for months.  I’m definitely not a minimalist by any means, but lately I feel surrounded by excess.  So when it came time to choose a word to define 2018, I knew immediately what my word would be.

I’ve been known to be somewhat of a perfectionist.  I like details.  It’s not always necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not really a good thing either.  Sometimes I focus on the little details so much that I waste time on something that no one else would ever even notice.  For example, I took the photos for our first shop update three separate times!  The results weren’t even that different, but there were little details in the photos that maybe I didn’t like or I wanted to tweak.  So, I took them again – and again.  By the time I was done I had over a hundred photos of about ten different colorways.  I wasn’t even fully satisfied, but the shop update was coming and I really didn’t have a choice, but to roll with it and try harder next time.  The thing is no one cared or noticed, but me! This is just one example of an area I need to simplify; there are so many more I could talk about, but we’ll save those for another time.

I’ve decided to I need to stop worrying so much about these little details and make it simple – get the task done and stop worrying about all of the technicalities.  I need to stop going back every time I don’t like some small detail thinking that I can make it perfect and instead simplify.

I know I’m not the only person that does this; in fact, I bet a lot of makers do this.  I even do this with my hand knits!  I actually doubted a gift I made because I wasn’t happy with how I wove in the ends of my yarn!  I had to remind myself, “This is a handmade item.  It is not store bought and there will be mistakes.”  Sometimes it’s hard to do, but it needs to be done.  The whole point of this year to me is to stop focusing on perfection and instead simplify my life and business, so I can focus on more of what really makes me happy.

Once a month, I’ll be sharing with you how I am incorporating my one little word into my life – whether that be in my business or in my personal life.  My hope is that maybe you’ll find it helpful and perhaps you’ll even connect with me and share ways how you’re simplifying your own life.  Here’s to a more simple, 2018!

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