- “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” — Mother Teresa
- “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.” — Judith M. Knowlton
- “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.” — Bonnie Blair
How complicated is your life? (Michelle) One of my new year goals is to continue my journey to a simpler life. I have tried to do this for 3 years with not much success but I refuse to give up. Here are some reasons why – A simple life is a good life. Living simply is about reducing the clutter and narrowing down one’s possessions, engagements, and thoughts to something more manageable. Let’s face it. We are constantly bombarded with inducements to get us to buy more, do more, and learn more. By simplifying, we can overcome this, get back to something more basic, and life a better life. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~
- Simplicity un-clutter your lives – Daily living becomes jammed with stuff, activities, urgent tasks, chores, appointments, responsibilities and information. Simplicity gives us back the life we have given up to all the clutter.
- A simpler life gives us more time to relax – By eliminating much of the excess in our lives, we have more time to relax. Our possessions no longer require so much of our time. We don’t have to work as hard to maintain our lifestyle which gives us more time to unwind. A relaxed mind is more creative and effective. Simplicity frees us up to do what we want instead of what we have to do.
- Living simply costs less – The fewer things you own means the less maintenance and upkeep you have to pay. A smaller, more modest home requires less money to heat and cool. Avoiding buying things on credit saves you the interest.
- You achieve better life balance with simplicity – Balancing your time between work, home and other responsibilities gets much easier when you choose to eliminate some things. The choices you need to make are easier because fewer things are competing for your time.
- Simple living makes you green – By consuming less, you discard less.
- A simpler life means fewer interruptions – The phone rings less often. There are fewer knocks on the door. We have time to have a conversation. All our activities and engagements are constantly tugging us away from quiet time with those that matter the most to us. In the end, how much of what we are doing is going to matter? It is usually the least important things that force us to put the truly important on the back burner.
- You will be more organized and able to locate things faster – The less stuff you own and the fewer things you attempt to do will make it easier for you to get organized. Once you are organized much of the confusion, frustration, and wasted time will disappear.
- Lowers stress and worry – We have less to worry about with a simpler life. It is trying to maintain everything that freaks us out.
- A simpler life helps us to appreciate classic beauty – Extravagance is often gaudy. We overfill our homes and our lives with so much clutter that it robs us of our ability to appreciate true beauty. Simplifying our surroundings allows us to see the classic elegance of nature. It gives us a new lens through which we view the world.
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Easy Ways To Save Money:
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using. Many have a stand-by mode, using electricity. To keep it simple, you can plug them into a power strip and turn the strip off when they are not in use.
- Reassess Your Phone Setup. If you have a cell phone, ask “Do I need a land line?”
- Review Insurance Policies. There are less expensive options out there.
- Eat At Home and Pack Your Breakfast and Lunch. This one takes a bit of a discipline, but it could save you quite a bit of money.
- Tune Up Your Car and Check Your Tires. By keeping your car tuned up and your tires properly inflated, you can save quite a bit of money on gas.
- Seal Windows and Doors. By simply sealing air leaks throughout your house, especially around your windows and doors, could reduce your heating bill significantly
- Pay Down Your Debt. If you are serious about paying down your debt, check out the debt snowball debt payment method.
(Yahoo! Finance-U.S. News & World Report)