Monday, September 30, 2013

31 Days of Simple Living {The Introduction}

Well, it's that time of year again...The 31 Days Challenge.  For those of you unfamiliar with The Nester and her annual blogging challenge, we're asked to pick a topic, write about it everyday for the entire month of October and then link up with other 31 Dayers who are joining in on the fun.  

Our month long series this year will be 31 Days of Simple Living...unique solutions to help you minimize the distractions of life so you can embrace what truly matters.

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind 
your own business and to work with your hands."
                                                                                  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11

For the last few years that verse has become the touchstone of how I choose order my days and it's been a great influence on our vision for The Homesteading Cottage.  As a result we've decided to reshape how we do things here and we're sharing our process.

What to Expect...

In honor of keeping it simple, this month you'll begin to notice an actual structure in the way we share information. We'll be posting a Tip of the Day and a Call to Action that will bring in the simplicity and get rid of the complicated. Each day a link will be added at the bottom of the post for easy navigating so you can go back and forth as needed. Below are the topics we'll be covering...
  • Simple tips to clear out the clutter
  • Simple tips to bring in the order
  • Simple tips to create a home haven that fits your spirit
  • Simple tips to embrace your square peg (you'll see...)
  • Simple tips to celebrate, entertain and fellowship
  • Simple tips to embrace a service mentality
  • And the simple free tools we're offering for your journey

With so much going on in our daily lives, things can easily become a jumbled mess of constant busyness.  We hope to inspire you to move toward a bigger vision, a brighter future and life you love.  We want to challenge you to think big and make better choices, but in a simple no-muss-no-fuss way that removes the chaos and embraces ease. 

That doesn't mean we think simple living means easy living, but it does afford you the opportunity to create a structure of solutions to lighten the load.  If you're ready to hone your focus, then we believe 31 Days of Simple Living can be the catalyst to make that happen.

Share Your Journey...

Accountability is everything...make it public!  Share your new project of simple living with family and friends so they can offer encouragement as you go along.  Leave a comment below so can encourage you too (;

If you have any questions or want to post your progress, you can do that in the comments section or on our Facebook page.  Gather with us on Twitter with #31SimpleDays and @thenester with #31Days as we make better choices each day.

Join Us on Pinterest...

I'm a visual gal so Pinterest was a natural fit in our simple living process.  I've created a group board specifically for the 31 Days of Simple Living series. Each day I'll be pinning our posts along with other pins that relate to the daily challenge.

If you'd like to pin your progress or helpful posts related to the daily focus, email me and I'll be happy to add you to the group.  The neat thing about this new board is that it can provide a continual supply of encouragement even after the 31 Days is over.

Follow the Blog...

Don't miss a single post because each one will be packed with tips and inspiration that can easily be incorporated into your everyday schedule.  Subscribe to our RSS Feed or enter your email below for posts to be automatically delivered to your inbox.

Before you know it, these next 31 Days will give you a jump start to the simple living journey so you can embrace a life you truly love.  Join us tomorrow as we begin clearing out the clutter to make room for what really matters.  See you tomorrow!

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Ÿ Intro              Ÿ Day 6             Ÿ Day 12           Ÿ Day 17           Ÿ Day 22           Ÿ Day 27
Ÿ Day 1             Ÿ Day 7             Ÿ Day 13           Ÿ Day 18           Ÿ Day 23           Ÿ Day 28
Ÿ Day 2             Ÿ Day 8             Ÿ Day 14           Ÿ Day 19           Ÿ Day 24           Ÿ Day 29
Ÿ Day 3             Ÿ Day 9             Ÿ Day 15           Ÿ Day 20           Ÿ Day 25           Ÿ Day 30
Ÿ Day 4             Ÿ Day 10           Ÿ Day 16           Ÿ Day 21           Ÿ Day 26           Ÿ Day 31
Ÿ Day 5             Ÿ Day 11           Ÿ Day 18           Ÿ Day 1             Ÿ Day 22            Ÿ Day33

In Gratitude,

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