Decluttering and Simplifying my Online Life (refocused and rededicated)


“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”  ~Wendell Berry

Life can get complicated.

The only problem is that I’ve never been very good at uncomplicating it.

I haven’t decluttered my house, simplified my life-style or even reduced the growing mountain of boxed, bagged and bundled junk in my garage (you know, that place I used to be able to enter without hiking boots).

It’s not that I’m a hoarder by any stretch of the imagination, just unorganized, I suppose. Disorganized, is probably a better word for it. If you were to come into my home and look at my desk (no, you can’t come in and look at my desk!), you would know what I mean.

To top things off, my online work has gotten too complicated as well.

For the love of my work and in the name of the passion that drives me to try to make a difference, I’ve jumped too deeply into too many ponds.

Since Meant to be Happy, I’ve launched The Happiness Movement, started a new FB page called The Daily Thought and laid the foundations for a second blog I was planning to launch called The Daily Thought Blog. I’m writing an eBook and have ideas for several other online projects I regularly dabble in as well.

As a matter of fact, I came this close (fingers held about a centimeter apart) to shutting down Meant to be Happy to throw myself into launching yet another blog that would have been called The Better Me Project (even bought the url–you’ll see it in the nearish future, but as an eBook rather than a new blog).

On top of that, I’ve purchased the urls for 2-3 other blog possibilities as well.

To say I’ve been unfocused in the wilderness of new ideas is an understatement. But as the old proverb goes, if you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either one. I would add that if you’re chasing 20 rabbits, a raccoon and a squirrel or two, you might as well say goodbye to everything else you used to do.

And so I’ve been out doing a lot of chasing and very little catching of late.

The worst aspect of my wandering in the wilderness has been one of the best parts of the blogging experience I’ve been neglecting–connecting with readers and other online friends I’ve made (please consider this a public apology, while I’m on that topic). I’ve found that online clutter is much worse than in-home clutter because it takes so much time to maintain the “clutter” online.

So I’ve made the decision to declutter that part of my life.

“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” ~Mother Teresa

Bottom line: I am hereby officially shutting down The Daily Thought FB page (like The Happiness Movement before it) and cancelling plans to launch The Daily Thought Blog. So if you’ve enjoyed the daily updates on The Daily Thought FB page, no worries—they’ll continue here. There will be no new blogs and all my work will now be focused on developing my first online love—Meant to be Happy. The ideas I’ve had for new blogs will be recast as products I’ll create for my readers here at Meant to be Happy.

I hope you stick around for the ride.

For those who have followed my FB activity exclusively at The Daily Thought, I invite you to visit me here instead: Meant to be Happy FB pageLIKE the page and continue getting daily thoughts sent your way. You will get the same inspiration, only posted to your timeline from a different page. I’d love to see you there!

To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of what you’ll get:

Self-discipline is the differenceLifes Ladder II