Living Simply in 2017

As always, the year has slipped by without my being aware. It seemed like just a moment ago it was the end of summer and we were looking forward to all the fun adventures that fall had waiting for us.

No sooner had we started making plans and organizing our schedules, fate stepped in and changed the course for our family.

In late September, my husband’s grandpa, or as everyone called him – Opa, had a severe stroke. We spent a two weeks shuttling between the hospital and home/work waiting for answers. Then, on September 25, Opa left this world and went to meet our Heavenly Father and rejoin Ommi.

It has been a tough transitional time for my husband. Opa was like a second father to him. Many of the values he holds dear were passed down from Opa. I can see a lot of Jacob’s Opa in him when I see Jacob with our son.

With Opa’s passing, there have been more transitions and changes to the family structure, and we have had to ride the metaphorical wave. I have to say, it did nothing but make the bond between Jacob and I stronger and I consider that a blessing.

Through the changes, I have been going through my own discovery and journey. In early September I decided to change the name of my blog to “Simply Saenz.” You can read a little more in my “About” section.

I want to live my life in a more simple way. I feel like I have been so unhappy for such a long time. When I started to look around at my life, I realized, God has provided me with all that I need. What am I still so unhappy about?

I have food, a home, a car to get to my job, and a healthy husband and son. For me, there really isn’t anything else that mattered. I didn’t need expensive purses. I didn’t need to shop every day at Target. I have all that I need already and I began to realize, I have been allowing stuff and status to cloud my vision.

With the year coming to a close, I thought it would be good to take a moment and reflect on what I really want for 2017. While it would be better for me to say lose weight (which I should for health purposes), or save money, or do something new that scares me, those are things that really aren’t going to bring me true happiness. What I want in 2017, is to start living a more simple and humble life.

I want to live an authentic life.

I want to live a life of purpose/intention.

I want to live a life where the things in it don’t mean more than the people.

I want to focus on the things that bring me real joy: spending time with my husband and son, baking/cooking, writing and possibly crafting….but we’ll see how crafting goes.

So here I am, sitting at my desk, staring out the window watching the leaves rustle in the cool wind, and looking forward to 2017.


Happy New Years to you all.
I’m looking forward to continuing to share in the next year.

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