The Less You Do, The More You Do

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Hi, my name is Carolyn, and I am a recovering overachiever.

I laid off of the blog this past summer for several reasons.  First of all, I am trying to do less in life, in general. Doing less is pretty hard for me to do because I am so used to taking on more than one person should with a full-time job and a family. Secondly, I’ve been focusing a lot on my health after an eczema flare at the beginning of the summer that was, until just last week, still lingering (ugh).  Thirdly, I was honestly having second thoughts about posting my life story in a blog and the self-imposed pressure of keeping things current.

I think I’m over it now though. It’s my blog, and I’ll do what I want.

Anywho, for as long as I can remember I have had more goals than I could realistically accomplish in the time frame I set. This happens  especially when I am excited about something.  This year as I became more obsessed involved in the Paleo/ancestral health community I realized I needed to pump the breaks.  I was trying to learn and implement too much at once. 

Besides learning how to use food to heal, what I am learning more now is how my outlook on life and my lifestyle can help keep me healthy and happy.  It’s all about perspective, folks. This lifestyle has been a big shift for me and my family. It has become more about simplifying things and doing less. 

So, in the spirit of doing less, I am going to keep this short and sweet. If you are an overachiever, I hope these ideas will help you knock it off.

Repeat after me:

I’m going to do less.

less working,
less skipping lunch breaks,
less worrying,
less stressing over little thing,
less making little things seem like big things,
less complaining,
less watching TV,
less trying to do it all,
less comparing myself to others and “keeping up with the Jones’,” (who are they anyway?)
less stressing about my job,
less DIY projects,
less chores and, finally,
less stressing about not having a perfectly clean house

The last one is this hardest one for me, but I’m trying to let the dishes pile up if it means doing more…

I am going to do MORE.

more spending time with my son and husband doing nothing in particular (doing less),
more spending time outside,
more taking breaks at work and getting some fresh air,
more playing,
more sleeping,
more exercising,
more telling the people I love that I am grateful for them,
more appreciating all the blessings in my life,
more laying in the sun, (I started writing this before the fall)
more casual reading,
more pausing to enjoy the day,
more prioritizing what really matters (family, happiness, health)

In essence, the less I do, the more I do!  And, naturally, the better I feel.  Go on, give it a try.

If this idea doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to you, hopefully this clip will help clear it up (or not, whatever).