De novo is a Latin expression meaning “from the beginning.”
The Denovo Design is meant to help us start fresh and create a lifestyle connected to our roots through the essential elements of simple living.
JP, Olive and I are living in our cozy home in Rochester, New York while JP completes his medical residency. We love being surrounded by all the charm and history the area has to offer.
My passion for simplicity in everyday life has developed over the past few years as I have found myself more and more weighed down by the pressures of work, school and being a good wife and mother. The demands of life seemed to consume every second of my day and kept my mind racing at night. I felt like I was drowning in my to-do lists and saw the negative impact these feelings had on my outlook on life and personal relationships.
Something had to change. I began to take note of the things that made me feel good as well as the things that made me feel overwhelmed as I went about my days. I found that my days did not have to be perfect for me to be happy and that even bad days could be bearable if I set aside time and resources for simple, meaningful things. Days became brighter as I made time to truly be present, if only for a few minutes, while singing Olive’s favorite song with her or making cookies with the family on Sunday nights. I discovered that finding ways to be present (giving 100% of my focus to whatever task or activity I had before me) was the key simplifying my complex life. In order for me to give all my attention to the task at hand, I found I had to create an environment that was conducive to that mindset. Removing the clutter from my closet, house, and life in general and filling those spaces with things that I truly love and that have a purpose allowed me to start creating surroundings that help me to focus on slow, simple living in spite of having a hectic and demanding schedule.
In short, filling my life with meaningful things and spaces rather than many things and busy places has helped me focus on the things that make me productive, that help me achieve my goals, and that truly make me happy.