"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, simplify. Instead of three meals a day, if it be necessary eat but one; instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion." --- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Lately, I have found myself turning away from multi-layered, complex journal pages, and turning instead to simple collages composed of squares of paper glued on a page with minimal pen work. Clean lines and muted, earthy colours are what I find myself craving. I have been re-reading Thoreau's Walden and these words of his were repeating in my mind as I worked on these pages. This page spread is probably my favourite that I have done recently. I have also been trying to simplify my notebook use.
Do you feel the need to simplify your life? If so, how are you doing it?