Simple Joys

Yesterday I made time to slow down and enjoy…

A simple favorite meal…

A slow song in my head….

The excitement of and a discussion with my youngest child….

I plan on making time, enjoying, savoring and being grateful for three simple joys of mine everyday, to live out a “well-lived” life. 

Simple joys are different for everyone, so it’s necessary to figure what brings the most joy to ourselves. They can even be something like wearing a favorite bracelet or greatly admiring something you saw. They are the  good simple things, when everything in front of us is bad.  

What simple things mean/matter the most to you? What simple things do you greatly and deeply enjoy? 

A Life Well-Lived

It varies for everyone and it may also vary throughout one’s life.

In the past it has meant enjoying family and friends, traveling, having a good job,  purchasing a house,  serving others,and numerous other things.

But lately my goals have been for security and  that requires sacrifice. For me, gratitude seems the answer to fill that gap.  Gratitude can give me a life well-lived.  Gratitude allows me joy in my family, in the kindness of friends, in a tasty meal, in  a piece of art or music.  They differ for everyone, but they are the little things we easily overlook every day. If we don’t overlook them, take time to enjoy them,anđ are grateful for them, then I think my  life will have been well-lived.

What about you? How are you living life well, while aiming for your goals?

Simple Ways We Saved

Didn’t buy ankle boots and tees and tops except for a $5 tee at Sam’s.  Instead I mended sweaters and made do with the shoes I already had.  I will need shoes and tees eventually, but will wait for lower prices.

Didn’t buy new phonics and math homeschool workbooks even though though we finished the ones we had.  Instead I borrowed Ordinary Parents Guide to reading from the library and used the Singapore Math 2b books I found that my older son barely used.  We were using Math in Focus 1b, but he seems to be doing fine.  I will have to see what additional topics we need to cover.

Minimized grocery shopping to rice milk, eggs, etc.  Instead we are using up what we already have, even if it means more work or less of our favorite quick foods.

Have been drinking tea we already have instead of coffee, and staying away from sugar, mostly to try to increase my energy.

Reading other blogs and simplifying things has helped greatly in being able to do these things.  Simplifying and mending/taking care of my clothes, books, and food and reading  blogs that made do with what they already had, decreased  our clothing, books and food purchases.  

Reading blogs featuring debt/mortgage payoffs has motivated me more to find ways to do without while still feeling content.  I think that after simplifying a little,  my mind was more clear and I was able to attempt to stay healthy physically and mentally.  I think that better health will help with being creative with resources and being content.

How about you?  What has helped you save?

Simple Motivation

Goals, to do lists, good intentions. Unfortunately some days they just don’t work for me.

Some people use music for fun.  I think I’ll start the day off doing something fun with my child.  Today we did a little Monopoly Jr. instead of math.

When needed, I plan on reading a poem or scripture,  reading about and enjoying a piece of art,  looking out the window to find beauty in nature, and thinking of fun future plans.  I’ll probably have my kids join me.

What helps get you going when you need some motivation?