How to Stop Over-Complicating Everything


A thought occurred to me this weekend, as I was staining my kitchen table outside... "Why didn't I do this sooner?!" I had to step back for a second and really think about what had stopped me from doing this project that had been on my mind for the past year.

All it REALLY took was DECIDING to do it, finding a sunny day, borrowing my dad's palm sander, and picking up some supplies from Canadian Tire to get the project done in a few hours. I ended up really enjoying the process, too!


And then it dawned on me that I had overcomplicated the SH%T out of it, and so procrastination took over, and well, we all know how that story ends.

(Spoiler alert: NOT in productivity). And I think there's a lot that can be said about us humans and our tendencies to over-complicate mostly everything. From our outfits, to our relationships, to the foods we eat, beliefs we hold, need to categorize things, and our never-ending obsession with "keeping up with the Kardashians" and social media trends. I invite you to RELEASE all of that BS and take a deep breath of fresh air today. Because you get one life and wasting it stressing out about crazy amounts of details isn't getting you anywhere.

In fact, it's bad for your heart.

So there, this is a health issue now. This week, make it a priority to SIMPLIFY your life.

Overcomplicating things is soooo 2016.

We're over it. And in case you needed a little list of ideas on where to start, don't worry, I got you, boo!

6 WAYS YOU CAN SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE: 1) Declutter your living room. Tidy the pillows and blankets, stack the books, throw out/donate anything you do not use, and get yourself a pumpkin candle because they smell delicious and make every day a good day. 2) Spend an hour or two and go through your emails. Trash everything that is no longer relative, use the unsubscribe button like it's your job, and tidy that sucker up. 3) Sit down and have a money love date with yourself (and potentially your partner). Put on some music, pour yourself a nice glass of something cold and go through your bank account to make sure you know what's coming in, what's going out and if you're on track with your budget this month. (If you don't have a budget for yourself, start there first). 4) Have a relationship that needs mending? Give them a call. Talk it out. Enough with the assumptions and hurt feelings and judgements. If you love the person enough to keep them in your life, take your phone out of your pocket and call them to chat. 5) Raid your fridge. Seriously. This one HELPS! Look at labels and chuck anything that's expired or causes diabetes. Wipe down the shelves, organize according to food group & get honest with yourself: do you have foods that nourish you in there or mostly foods that totally deplete you and make you feel like a potato? 6) Create a "recipe for happy" for yourself. If you don't know what this is, I wrote a blog post about it a couple of weeks ago and I find it to be a truly helpful activity to do anytime I'm feeling off-kilter aka anxious aka looking to the future for answers aka feeling like a sad sap.

Check it out here and create your own recipe for happy!

I hope you have a truly incredible week. And I also hope that these tips could inspire you to simplify your life in whatever area you see necessary. Life is fun. Truly. Stop getting bogged down by all the BS that negative nancies try to impart on you. And stop being a stressful sally all the time.

Everything will work out. It always does.

xo Marie

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