Slow down and simplify

For me, right now: June 2018

For me, right now: June 2018

There have been some cracker winter days

Looking back at June, a clear theme emerges – letting go. At the start of the year, with my son settled into school, I decided to pivot towards more paid work. I told everyone I know that I was looking for contract or freelance work. I crossed my fingers and hoped some work would trickle in. Well, there’s been a steady stream. It caught me offguard. I still consider myself a stay at home mum who works a bit on the side. Well, that was until this month, when some crunching of the numbers revealed I was working virtually full-time and pulling in pay cheques equal to my husband. It isn’t a blip – I’m a working mum now and there had to be changes for that to be sustainable. I couldn’t add in more paid work without letting other things go.

One of the first adjustments was the school run. I might be in a minority here, but I love the school run. I love taking my son to school and I love collecting him from school. We have little chats and I get a glimpse into his world at school with his friends. But it takes 1–2 hours per day, so somewhat reluctantly, I now let my husband do this twice a week.

The other big change was handing over the reins for the charity craft group that I coordinate. For a long time, I wasn’t able to give it the time and energy it really needs. I still have so many ideas for the group, but I just couldn’t getting them happening. Even though the role doesn’t require many hands-on hours, I always thought about it. I was sad to let it go, but it was also a relief.

I also let go of my blog-post schedule!

What I’ve been:

Reading– I didn’t let go of my reading time though, in fact, the opposite. I was gripped by two unputdownable books – The Hate U Give and Sodden Downstream. Both feature fantastic heroines and give a powerful glimpse into what it’s like to walk through the world in their shoes.


Making– The one post I did manage to publish was my thoughts on why making things for yourself is valuable if you want to simplify your life, even though it may seem more complicated.

Listening– I’m hooked on the New Zealand true crime podcast Gone Fishing. No spoilers, I’m only half way through.

Thinking about– I’ve been inspired by #plasticfreejuly to think of a couple of new actions I can focus on to reduce my plastic waste. If you’d like some ideas, In My Kiwi Kitchen has a great guide.

How was June for you? Have you made the decision to let something go recently?


  • Virginia Koffke
    July 3, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I understand the problems of life/work balance and letting things go. I am long past school runs except now I collect my grandson once a week and it’s lovely. Letting go for me this year has meant reevaluating what projects I want to continue with and finish and what has to go, as time is required to make them happen and the reality is other things now have priority. Life changes all the time, doors close and others open. Enjoy your evolving life.

    • Amy @ More Time Than Money
      July 4, 2018 at 9:55 am

      The doors analogy is a good one. It’s great to have new doors open, but you have to remember to close a few too! That’s can be a weak point for me.

  • whenparkspeaks
    July 4, 2018 at 3:52 am

    I would love to be working free lance and I do appreciate the fact that now your life got turned on it’s ear. Just another blip and a different approach to things that became routine. I hope you continue to enjoy this next stage.

    • Amy @ More Time Than Money
      July 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

      I do love working freelance, it really suits me. It took a while for the penny to drop, but now I’ve recognised my lifestyle has evolved I can put some more suitable routines in place.

  • Lisa
    July 4, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, it certainly does sound like there have been a lot of changes in your life lately, Amy! Congrats on your new full-time load – I hope you are enjoying that! I love that you talk about the necessity to wrap some things up when new things start happening. To me it’s very alarming to see others just keep piling on more things to do, and trying to do it all without any sign of struggle. I love that those of us with a slower mindset have simply given up pretending to be superhuman!

  • deanna
    July 8, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Some things I enjoy about your blog:
    1. It’s short. You always make your point, but it doesn’t take me an hour to read it.
    2. I like your writing style.
    3. You don’t add links to 3+ other blogs. Some bloggers always add too many links. Since I might enjoy them, I feel compelled to read them.
    4. This one will not be popular with bloggers! I also feel compelled to read all the comments. I have unsubscribed from some blogs who get LOTS of comments because then I don’t have time to read other things I really want to read. (This one is my own problem. Sometimes I’d like to be able to just read the blog and not the comments. However, sometimes I learn a lot from the comments as well…FOMO (fear of missing out I think.)
    5. I also like reading about your lifestyle.

    I sound like I’m ranting, but this is really a compliment. ?


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