A Mama's Manifesto to Simplicity - by Kathy Dixon MotherHustle
“Marriage taught me compromise. Motherhood taught margin. Both taught me to invite simplicity over to chat over a cup of coffee in order to find peace in my world.”

Simplicity – you became one of those words, like authenticity and passion, that I quickly glanced over some days.

My list of articles and blog posts to read, prints to purchase and podcast episodes to listen to seemed to shout your praise. Yet in my closet-quest for the secret behind what it would take to live a simplified life, I discovered a more important truth: developing reasonable expectations of myself and an unshakeable sense of self-worth.  

In my world, this was the magic equation to making simplicity possible.

The transition from “me” (pre-marriage) to “we” (marriage) to “us” (life with kids) was not a smooth one. Simplicity was not something I sought in those young run-and-gun days.

Marriage taught me compromise. Motherhood taught margin.

Hitting brick walls in both arenas taught me to invite simplicity over to chat over a cup of coffee in order to find peace in my world.

Simplicity has become much more than systems, processes and routines in business. It’s more than budgeting, meal planning, and clear communication in my personal life. It’s celebrating the fact that I am NOT Wonder Woman and the unequivocal declaration that it was absurd to ever think I could be.

Simplicity is embracing mental peace over impressive accomplishments.

It’s increased energy and reduced anxiety when I allow myself the grace to do the things I want to do instead of the things I should be doing. It’s knowing that what I have and who I am are already enough.

Simplicity, in all your different forms — you’re a deep exhale, a light at the end of the tunnel, and a worthwhile short-term sacrifice for the long-term gain.


MotherHustle panelist Kathy Dixon is the founder and creative director of Oh Yes Communications. It won’t take you long to discover her love for her wild toddler, Air Force hubby, and her heart for Jesus. When she’s not buzzing around town, she’s usually at the gym lifting heavy things — although these days, it looks more like (not so) patiently waiting for her second son to arrive (due mid-September!).

Kathy says: “This entrepreneur journey has been something special. I have yet to hear someone’s story that hasn’t inspired me in someway. It’s the reason why I dodge small talk. I know first hand what the power of encouragement and sharing your story can do and it’s why I always push my clients to be bold with theirs.” Find her and Oh Yes on Instagram. 

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