Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Our "simple" life

The Lake District, England

I am one of those people who loves rustic, hard work and totally romanticizes things like farm living. Some would call it the simple life. Although "simple" and "easy" are often used interchangeably in most language settings, they are not interchangeable when "life" is tacked on after them. The simple life is mostly never the easy life. That is why I could never actually run a farm, but I might tackle a few chickens someday.

I think everyone has their own version of the simple life. Whether you make your own clothes but drive an electric car or you buy your clothes but grow your own food, everyone has a little something that alludes to ye olden days.

To name a few, mine consists of making food from scratch, cloth diapering my babies, and line drying clothesall of which I actually enjoy. (I wash our dishes by hand too, but that is not a choice. We just don't have a dishwasher). But those things take time and effort, and when you feel pressed for both, all those "simpler" things end up being harder things.

And that's about when I need to take a deep breath and "rebalance."

Despite my overall delight in it, our family lives a "simple" life mostly because it's a frugal life. We could spend more and buy things that make life easier now, but for us that would be a step backward because we would no longer be saving for our future.

The simple life may be a harder life, but it's a good life. We have money for everything we need, a little for what we want, and plenty in savings for everything we dream.

So here's to our simple life.

What's yours?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Friends are part of the balance

Balancing things has never been my strong point. I'm more of a jugglera lousy juggler who drops things. But I'm trying to change, so I made this nifty chart to try and make things easier on myself.

Concept via Dave Ramsey

I could work on every one of these categories, but for now I'm just going to tackle the worst one: social.

You picked "hanging out with friends" to be your goal? I know. But it's my hardest. Really. I love to be productive (read: super busy), and for some reason my mind never counts spending time with friends as productive. But every time I do, I love it. It makes me a happier person, and then I always say to myself, "Why don't I do this more often?" I just don't. And then I spend my weekends wondering why I don't have any friends. Go figure.

So it's my goal this year to invite people over at least once a month. I'm really striving for twice. I know it may not seem like much, but trust me this is a huge step.

Bonus to this goal: my front room will get picked up at least once a month too.