I have been simplifying life since I first read about fabric softener being a by product of petroleum. That was in 2006. That simple article led me down a path I knew I would be comfortable in. I dragged my husband - sometimes kicking and screaming - down the path with me.
It's not that I didn't enjoy the simple life in the past. We lived in the country when our eldest was born. That's when I learned how to can and budget and cook from what appeared to be nothing. But, when my husband got a great job, we packed up and moved thinking we were advancing in our economic life. What a mistake that was. We lived on that premise for years until illness took over our lives and I was thankful that blackberries grew on our land. I stopped spending money on paper towels and anything fancy dancey. I was on the path at that time, I just wasn't aware of it. I was so busy being a care giver, I only fell into bed at night thanking God for another day with my family.
One thing I should clear up is I have always been frugal and kept a balanced budget. So I think I had a good head start, without realizing it.
Realization set in when I read the fabric softener article. Then the long road of a simple life style began. Simple, meaning I had to look at every aspect of life. Every detail of every move we made each day. But, one thing I'm confident about is when I make up my mind, I just do it. Simple was different from frugal. Simple included thinking about what I thought I needed. Did I need two closets of clothes? Even though all of them were bought on sale. Did I need kitchen appliances I used once or twice a year cluttering up my cupboards? I didn't think so.
In 2007 I relieved my cupboards of all things unneeded. Since I was in a forced retirement, I took a lot of nice work clothes to a thrift shop. That's when another light bulb went off. If I take my nice clothes to the thrift shop, others must too. And, this began my thrift shop adventures for my clothes. I needed casual clothes, not too many though. My first find was a pair of Loft jeans. I was hooked! To this day I refuse to cram my closet with clothes that may never see the light of day. Yet, I'm more content now than when I was making quite a bit of money on a government contract and had multiple choices in my closets. I'm content because I have traveled down the simple life road.
The two words, content and simple, when put together have great meaning. Together they make the words 'peace of heart'
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