Complementing or Complicating?

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I traveled this weekend for Thanksgiving and the house we were staying in didn’t have internet. We had plenty of opportunities to get on internet if we wanted, but I decided to just take the opportunity to be completely unplugged.

As a result I was thinking about whether different parts of my life are complementing my life or complicating it.

Are my things complementing or complicating my life?

Is my schedule complementing or complicating my life?

Is the internet complementing or complicating my life?

Are the Christmas activities we will do this month complementing or complicating our life?

Are the gifts we get the kids going to complement or complicate our lives?

Is my cell phone use complementing or complicating our life?

The list could go on, and you could insert any number of things that relate to your own life.

I wonder sometimes if we unintentionally complicate life. We have too much stuff, so keeping the house neat is more difficult. We have too many things scheduled so we constantly feel stressed. We buy unhealthy foods, and then it makes it more complicated to try to teach our kids how to be mindful eaters.

I have goals for my personal life, for our family, and for our children. Are the choices I am making complementing those goals?

Am I making it easy for my children to learn good habits or am I complicating the process? Am I making it easy for all of us to learn to live on less and not constantly need more, or am I complicating the process by buying too many things? I want to spend time developing relationships, but am I complicating that by being too busy?

Often, when I have had difficulty accomplishing or even making any progress in my goals, I realize I’ve been complicating life. I have been making it harder for the kids to follow directions by complicating our routine. I have been stressed because I complicated things with over scheduling.

Whatever decisions you make this week, take a moment to think about whether they are going to complement or complicate. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.

Life is really pretty simple. We need to stop complicating it.

Do you find that you sometimes unintentionally complicate your life?


  1. Great – and timely – reminder, Johanna! Thanks!

  2. Complicated . . . Oh my, yes! Hard to get UNcomplicated. I have to agree that part of the secret has to be less stuff, especially connected stuff. A lot has to do with priorities. Another key has to be the things you don’t plan–or can’t plan for. Not an easy task, this uncomplication. But you’re right to aim for it. Your family will have a better life, your kids will grow up more satisfied and less materialistic, and you’ll be happier. Go for it! And, thank you for the reminder. . . . I have a closet to clean! :o)

  3. What a great question to ask of ourselves! I’m pretty sure most of my life is simple and uncomplicated, but whenever I find myself unsure of something, I’ll definitely pop this question in mind.

  4. So, what did you decide in regards to the internet? Simpler or more complicated? I have been trying to cut down on computer time and finding it very difficult. I’m apparently addicted! I am having to retrain myself to go sit and read or listen to the radio instead of coming in here and reading blogs. Wait, why am I on the computer reading a blog??? Oh yes, I was in the middle of budgeting and while I was waiting for a statement to load I thought I’d just come over here for a quick peek. Argh. Focus, self, focus.

    • Overall, I find the internet very inspiring, but I can easily waste time too. I have taken internet breaks for a few days a couple of times a year and always benefit from it. I need some more discipline on the day to day though. Some days I do great, other times not so much!

      Having some blog reading times, social media times, and email times for each day helps, but sticking to it is another matter. I also sometimes turn off the computer completely several hours in the day that I want to be 100% there with the kids.
      Thanks for reading my blog. 😉

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