Simplify in 2013 {A Rusted Chain Jewelry Giveaway!}

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Happy New Year! What? I’m a week behind? The new year actually started last week?

Oh, I know, but I’m counting today as my new year. You see, the kids went back to school today and I always feel like I can’t really get started with all my new year plans until they are out of the house. So, cheers to you! Raise a glass and let’s celebrate the start of 2013!

Each year, I’ve blogged about my “word” for the year. A couple years ago it was “HAPPINESS“, last year it was “CONNECT” and I’ve decided that this year, my word is going to be “SIMPLIFY”.

What the word "simplify" in 2013 means to me

I chose the word “SIMPLIFY” this year because getting back to basics and eliminating the physical and emotional “crap” in my life is important. I know that when I keep things simple, I’m happier and therefore my family is happier. Simplify in 2013 means:

  1. Simple routines: Getting back to basics with FlyLady… not feeling like I need to do it all, but doing enough to keep things maintained. Simplifying means returning to simple cleaning routines, exercise regimens, regular menu planning, and family routines, etc. This includes regular de-cluttering and organizing times – which I need to implement desperately.
  2. Simple recipes: As a food blogger, I often feel like I need to go all out with the recipes I create. I need things to be “blog worthy” and “pinteresting” for Dine & Dish content. Because of that, I find myself forgetting about family favorites… simple recipes that we’ve enjoyed for years now, and moving towards more elaborate recipes that will make my readers happy. Well, I’m sorry if this disappoints you, but in 2013 you are going to see more basic recipes… less pinteresting and outrageous recipes, more simple and my family friendly recipes.
  3. Simple expectations: I tend to have expectations of people and things that are fairly unrealistic. This year, I’m focusing on keeping my expectations of others in check, deepening relationships with people who are important to me, and bidding farewell to those who drain me.
  4. Simple traditions: While we were sick over the Christmas break, I discovered how my kids don’t need a lot to feel entertained. Board games, books, a shake up in meals (eating in front of a movie one night), etc….simple things like that made them really happy. Inspired by my friend, Amy Clark’s, new book, The Good Life For Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times and a Happy Home on a Budget“, I’ve decided that simple things done together as a family are so much more important than elaborate. I look forward to establishing more traditions, like family game nights or Friday pizza nights… simple traditions that are certain to bring about a lot of happiness.
  5. Simple schedules: For the past 5 years or so, I feel like I’ve kind of flown by the seat of my pants. Working from home, I never really established a schedule. Well, I know that a schedule will help me to simplify my life and will also make me happy, so I’m going to try implementing a simple schedule into my work day. I am also going to continue learning the fine art of saying no to things that don’t fit into my schedule or don’t fit in with simplifying my life. Choosing discomfort over resentment is a motto I love and want to live by.

I feel like time is slipping by so quickly, so I’m hoping that by simplifying my life some, I can have a better focus on the things that are most important to me… my family and friends.

So, enough about me… let’s talk about you! What is your focus for 2013? Is there any one word that you hope will guide your year? If so, would you like to have a gorgeous necklace from The Rusted Chain to commemorate and remind you of your focus? Last year I had a “Connect” bracelet… it was such a nice, subtle reminder for me of what my focus was. This year, my friend Beki offered to send me a “One Word” necklace with my word for the year. It’s so gorgeous and I’d like to give you one too!

First, can you stop by and follow The Rusted Chain on Facebook? I’m sure Beki would love to have you! She has giveaways all the time I’m sure you’d love to know about!

Rusted Chain “One Word” Necklace Giveaway Details:

Now, to enter this giveaway for (1) “One Word” necklace in gold or silver from The Rusted Chain, simply leave a comment on this post letting me know what your word or focus for 2013 is going to be.

For additional entries share a link to this post on your favorite social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest). For each share, leave an additional comment on this blog post letting me know what you’ve done.

Giveaway will end at midnight, CST on Monday, January 14th. Winner will be chosen via and notified via a valid email address.

Thanks for entering and happy new year!


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  1. says

    Great word and great thought process behind the word. Flylady is such a great way to be simple about the housework (I’ll email you a way we use Flylady with our kids to get THEM involved too!)

    My words (yep, I couldn’t pick just one) are Expand, Hone and Revel. I’ll write about them more later, but Expand my horizons (involves going back to school) … Hone what I’m already good at instead of adding MORE goals (i.e. photography and writing) and Revel (be more outwardly grateful for my life).

  2. Dana says

    I love this post! Last year my word was “joy”. This year I haven’t decided between “trust” and “contentment”. The second one really speaks to me right now, because I feel like I need to focus more on being happy with my life and really enjoying it, just as it is.

  3. says

    I so understand the need to simplify. Last year, I felt so disconnected from my family. I felt like I was burning the candle at both ends, and for what? I hope that your word brings you a new focus and that you really do find the simple things you are craving.

  4. says

    My word (as you know) is Quiet. I love your word and the meanings behind it. One thing I KNOW I need to do this year is establish a schedule. Working from home makes it hard sometimes and I find myself doing way too much work way too much of the time.

  5. Jackie Davis says

    Kristen – my word is your word – “Simplify”. This word has been hitting me in the face for the last 3 weeks (Church, home, work ,etc.) It started when you first mentioned it a couple of weeks ago. Then everywhere I went it kept hitting me in the face – I think someone is trying to tell me something.
    Areas that I am going to look at are:
    1. House – decluttering, I am so tired of managing so much STUFF.
    2. Preparation of Meals – this will be a real leap of faith becasue my cooking is minimum. But with a little planning, I can do it.
    3. Enjoy and live in the moment. So hard to do but I am going to try and be more conscious of the people and things around me.

    It will be a start. Can’t wait to see where this takes us!


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