This Beautiful Life

Small Changes

It is crazy, and wonderful, how small changes can have a major impact on our lives.

At the start 2018, I swore off resolutions. I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Instead, I just wanted to have a better year, and hoped to do so through sustainable changes in habits and attitude.

Last year, I had this grand plan to complete my own “Happiness Project” a la Gretchin Rubin. And I failed. Even worse, I had set out to blog about it, so others could see my failure in action (and inaction…ha ha).


This year, I just wanted to find ways to enjoy life more. The first thing I did was remove Facebook from my phone.  I found that I was spending ridiculous amounts of time staring absentmindedly at my screen. Such a waste of time. I decided I would remove Facebook, and spend that time reading, instead.

I have always been a reader. When I was younger, I spent a great deal of free time with my nose in a novel. Since I had my son, I have written off reading. It seemed impossible. I don’t have much free time, and when I do, I am generally nursing or rocking my munchkin, unable to hold a book with two hands. My solution? eBooks.

Since the beginning of the year, I have read three books. That’s about one book a week. And three books is more than I have read in the past two years, combined. It feels amazing to be able to read for enjoyment again, and has been so good for my soul. I have replaced the barrage of political talk and Facebook drama with stories.

So, by simply deleting an app from my phone, I have been able to remove one stressor from my life, and spend more time doing something I love…reading. The lesson here? Changes don’t have to be major, or dramatic. Small changes have the potential to have a huge impact on our lives!


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