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Simplifying 2021: Routines & Rhythms

December 30, 2020

Simplifying 2021: Rhythms & Routines, by Emily Ley

I almost didn't write this post. 2020 felt a little more like chaos and a lot less like a routine. There were pockets of routines, for sure. In October, I worked out nearly every day, drank my green smoothies, and got more sleep than any other month. And then, November, my children's school went back to virtual learning and I did exactly none of those things. No exercise. No smoothies. Little sleep. There was wine and carbs and cry-sessions on the phone with friends. And yet, I was proud to remain standing at the tail end of a hard year. 

On the other hand, missing the rhythms of "normal life" made me realize how special and important they are. How much my kids crave consistency (and how much I crave quiet). The lack of consistency made me realize how much I was worshiping old consistency, rather than allowing myself to be challenged to find new cadences in tricky seasons. And so we did. We created new traditions: my twins slept together nearly every night of this year. A tent was built out of chairs and blankets nearly every week. We frequented the same local restaurant (who had a particular dedication to socially distanced tables and safety precautions). We perfected the art of the ham + cheese + Doritos sandwich (try it, bake it in the oven, thank me later). We did our thing, but it was a new thing. And that was okay. 

We allowed ourselves to be soothed by our new rhythms rather than distraught by our old ones that had gone away. What a beautiful thing, to offer the comforts of home and family, to your loved ones, when the rest of the world feels as if its burning down around you. I struggled with a need to control things this year (that couldn't be controlled). I ached for my children to be able to be children, for my quiet work-days to return, for our celebrations that were missed.

And yet, resiliency was born in the place of what was taken. 

And so I'll leave you with this third R as we look ahead at 2021. I pray you have a year full of rhythm, routine, and resiliency. Not just the first two. Because what are we without the latter? 




Simplifying 2021 Giveaway, by Emily Ley

Simplifying 2021 Giveaway

Enter to win a beautiful framed painting from Simplified's very own Jessa Bray. Enter by midnight EST on December 31, 2020. Winner will be notified in early January. 

Also, my new book, Growing Boldly: Dare to Build a Life You Love releases on February 9! Pre-order here!

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