Hello there. I’m Lai and I’m typing these words away giddily and excitedly at the same time. Much like seeing that special someone and realizing he/she is the one.
I’ve been blogging sporadically for the past few years on a different platform. But when I became a mother years ago, my life was changed forever.
During my pre-child days, I used to hoard all things colorful and pretty. I loved the vibrant and dainty stuff, from my wardrobe to my choice of home decor and trinkets. I used to give in to fast fashions on the main street, making it a casual hobby to window shop and actually shop when life was not going well for me. I used to try out all the trending creative hobbies on social media, collecting supplies that only accumulated dust in one corner of our bookshelf.
I also used to have more time for all the things and every activity in the world. Time to read, time to binge-watch, time to craft, time to capture the pink sunset, time for ministry, time to dilly-dally. The time I wished I had spent well if I’m being honest.
When I gave birth to my son in the Spring of 2016, I was never the same. The first cry told me everything I needed to know about motherhood: less of myself. The first year taught me one thing I needed to do to survive this crazy but beautiful journey while juggling work, home-making, and creative pursuits: SIMPLIFY.
The past six years of motherhood, I’ve learned that it is extremely hard to parent intentionally and carve out time for myself and the things that matter most when I have to deal with vicious clutter in the household. Suddenly, the accumulation of stuff wasn’t appealing anymore. Hobbies were trimmed down to those that fired up my soul and fueled my heart. I found myself leaning into less stuff, fewer social activities, and fewer hobbies.
And so the past couple of years, my heart has been pursuing simplicity, practicing minimalism, and embracing “less is more.” I have purged and purged and purged. I have lessened our social activities so we could have more family time. I have downplayed the colors in our new house from vibrant to neutral and soft tones as much as possible. I have carefully chosen my yeses and given my nos without guilt.
Because really, less is more. And there’s a lovely sparkle to all things simple. There’s a sense of freedom and space.
In celebration of this new season of unearthing the sparkle in the simple (and shall I say, a toddler sleeping through the night), I registered my very first domain name and created this minimal, more intentional blog to document my journey.
I have been working on this site for the past month with a trembling heart but with high hopes that this pursuit of simplicity will bring forth something good. f you desire simplicity as a working woman, as a mommy, and as a creative, please drop by and visit me here.