Streamlining for Peace of Mind This New Year

This post is sponsored by H&R Block but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

December is the time we all start reflecting on how our lives have gone over the past 11 months,  and make resolutions we may or may not keep. “New year, new me.” That’s what everyone is going to be shouting over the next few weeks. I don’t want to be a new me though. This year has been a busy one for my family and me, and I think more than anything, I’m grateful for the little nuggets of peace we’ve managed to have amidst the chaos. Here are some things I plan to do in the new year to keep everything streamlined in order to focus on what matters the most… my family.

Stop doing things that you don’t enjoy

2019 is going to bring a fresh new year to us, and this year I am committing to a more simplified lifestyle for us. Simplifying your life takes time and work. You can start with a few things like purging items that you no longer need. Stop doing things that no longer make you happy. One of the things I’m planning on doing is handing over my taxes to the pros. H&R Block has been handling taxes for years. They now have upfront, transparent pricing which keeps me informed about exactly what I will be paying before I file, so there are no surprises. They even have an option for me to file myself online, so if I decide I want to DIY in my favorite pajamas with a cup of tea, I can do that. There are so many services that are supposed to make your life easier but wind up becoming one more task on a huge to-do list. It can become very difficult to make things happen on top of everything else that you have to do. That’s why I decided to make an appointment at my local H&R Block tax office, the process was so easy and personalized. I even had the opportunity to choose which tax pro I wanted to work with. I just went to the website, entered my zip, answered a few questions and was able to research all of the tax pros in the office near my house. H&R Block even went as far as letting me choose someone who had expertise in my specific situation! I was able to make an in-person appointment with the tax pro I chose.

Stop being busy for busy’s sake

So many of us worshipped at the altar of busy in 2018. Let’s not take that into the new year. The altar of busy is where so many of us drain our energy doing things that we aren’t good at and we don’t understand. Sometimes that means hiring someone you can trust, like the caring folks at H&R Block. They are super friendly, they understand the majority of people that people are can be confused when it comes to tax topics and they guide you through it so you feel reassured that everything is going to be just fine.

Take the path of least resistance

We tie too much of our success into being super hardworking or busy or struggling. It is totally ok for you to work hard when you need to, but let’s stop setting ourselves up for hard work just so we can say we did it. In 2019, I want you to consider taking the path of least resistance. Find the easiest way to get the task done and take it! This isn’t going to come without an initial touch of guilt, because sometimes we don’t feel like we haven’t earned it unless we have killed ourselves trying to get it done. Stop doing this to yourself! Give yourself permission in 2019 to take the easy way out and watch how your stress level is reduced. This year instead of staying up all night over the expense reports during tax season, H&R Block is going to handle it for me, and that gives me more time to be present for family and spend much-needed time dating my love.

2019 is coming faster than we think. You don’t have to be a completely new you. Let’s reform the you that is already here. It is easier than you’re imagining.

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Sheena Tatum (founder)

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

  • Kasi
    21 hours ago

    Stop being busy for busy sake is a great point. I need to really adhere to that for the new year!

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  • T. Espinoza
    24 hours ago

    Listen! I love your tip about not doing things you don’t enjoy. I had to really take stock of the things I was doing and people I spend my time with and decide if I actually enjoyed it/them. It’s a simple concept but makes a big impact.

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  • Nadalie Bardo
    1 day ago

    Hey Sheena, cheers to just enjoying where you’re at and doing what you love! I think a lot of us do things out of obligation, not actual interest or desire. But, sometimes it’s hard to stop.

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  • Kendro
    1 day ago

    I love the point of “stop being busy for busy sake”. I feel like our culture applauds that to the point of stress and poor health (mental, physical, emotional, etc). It’s like if you’re not “grinding”, you’re not working and that’s so not true. I’m here for these suggestions!

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  • Stacie
    2 days ago

    Love your ideas. It reminds me of this whole trend on getting rid of things that don’t bring you joy. I’m all for that and may be letting some folk go too.

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  • Jessica Gordon
    2 days ago

    Following the path of least resistance is a goal! THank you for sharing. I’ve never been the one to say new year, new me. I would joke that it would always be the same ol me but there is always room for growth and I want to go with the flow more. I focus too much on things that I can not change and I struggle! Great advice.

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  • Jaye
    2 days ago

    Yes and YES! Love this. Especially to stop doing the things you dont enjoy.

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