Simple Living 365 – No more retail therapy!

Simple living is my new passion. I am a complete failure but I am enjoying the journey.

Simplicity is a mindset. Simplicity takes commitment.

Part of my journey to simplicity has been to adjust my purchasing habits. NOT EASY! NOT FUN! However, I have found that without excess I have more room. More room in my closet. More room in my house. More room in my heart. I find that I appreciate the things I have more when I don’t focus on the next thing I am going to get.

Several practical things have helped me shed my hoarding tendencies:

Don’t Miss What Comes Next!

Simple Living 365 – Whooo Me?

Simple living is my new passion. I am a complete failure but I am enjoying the journey.

Simplicity is a mindset. Simplicity takes commitment.

The air turned crisp here in Florida this past weekend. It was amazing. The dog and the middle Smelly Monster (my middle son) were frisky and playful due to the temperature change. I love this time of year. It is all about family, food and no… not football…. more food! I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about my kids and husband and how blessed we are.

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Simple Living 365 – Add Margin

Simple living is my new passion. I am a complete failure but I am enjoying the journey.

Simplicity is a mindset. Simplicity takes commitment.

Busyness is a badge of honor for overachievers. I can’t imagine sitting around with all the other 4th grade moms and announcing that I have free time. I am sure I would be voted out of the “approved mom’s club.” It almost feels like we SHOULDN’T have free time. The opposite is true. Our families thrive in Suzy Calendarthe margin. Margin is the space on the side of the paper that is supposed to be left empty. It is the white space that gives definition and structure to a written document. We need to set boundaries to create free time so we can be flexible and  meet unexpected needs. Read a book to your child. Take a walk with your neighbor. Bake bread from scratch. Bounce on the trampoline. Drink coffee with your husband.

My new favorite verse is Isaiah 30:15. For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; and ye would not.

The Holy One says that in returning we will be saved or rescued. The word returning is the same thought as our word for “retirement.” Less activity! This verse says we need to have less activity. We have to sacrifice the good for the best. For us to have victory in our lives we have to choose the action of retirement! Leave more white space in your life and calendar so that God can use that margin to provide peace and strength.

I love Suzy Toronto’s calendar.  Check it out here! It is a yearly gift from Larry to me and hangs on our refrigerator. My goal this year is to leave more open spaces on our calendar so we can have the time to enjoy the blessings God sends our way.

Margin allows us to grow. Margin gives us the freedom to say yes. Margin gives God a place to write. Add margin and watch God bless.

Simple Living 365 – “Life is Great”

Simple Living 365 – Is it worth it?

Simple living is my new passion. I am a complete failure but I am enjoying the journey.

Simplicity is a mindset. Simplicity takes commitment.

Some things are a lot of effort. Simple living doesn’t mark all those things off your list. You just have to feel like it is worth it. Making my bed and artistically arranging all the pillows – VERY worth it! Folding towels Martha Stewart style – NOT worth it!

Learning to live simply is a fluid, ongoing journey. There are people who will give you a list of things to do and things not to do for simple living. If there is a list, it can’t be the formula for purposeful, simple living. There is a rhythm to the steps you will take to find grace and peace. It is a different tune for each of us. Don’t seek a formula. Find a rhythm that matches your family and life stage.

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Simple Living 365 – Take Time

Simple living is my new passion. I am a complete failure but I am enjoying the journey.

Simplicity is a mindset. Simplicity takes commitment.

Last spring we spent hours getting the house and yard ready for Micah’s high school graduatioCaladiumsn party. One investment we made was planting caladium blubs. It was difficult to clear the area for the bulbs. It was time consuming to plant the bulbs. It took commitment to keep them watered so they would bloom in time. We were blessed. Many bulbs bloomed right before the party. Last week I walked by the area and saw to my amazement that many, many more had bloomed but I had become too busy to notice and enjoy our investment of time and labor. The season is short.

Micah started college last week. It was difficult to make it through those tough years. It was time consuming to provide transportation to all the events. It took commitment to our values to stay consistent so that his character would be God honoring. We were blessed. He has bloomed into an amazing kid. He has made so many right choices. On his first official day of college he had spare time after the other boys left. I had my normal routine but chose to sit and enjoy an hour of conversation with him before he left. I am so glad that I made the simple choice to Take Time and spend it with Micah. I may have many more opportunities or only a few but I want to enjoy our investment of time and labor and give God the glory for him every opportunity I have. The season is short.

What are you too busy to enjoy? Simplicity is a mindset. Look for ways to enjoy the investments you have made.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

 

Simple Living 365 “Life is Great”