So, to stay committed to the title, this will be short and sweet!
I like simplicity, don’t you? Almost 5 years ago, we bought a new Honda. My intention was to get a used one because that’s cool with me – low miles, decent shape, and gets me where I am going. But when we shopped, we realized that the new “base” model was less expensive than the “loaded” pre-owned Hondas. So we bought new! And hey…..I was loving that – brand spanking new! I didn’t need nor did I get the leather and the top notch luxury, but my car had everything I wanted. It is absolutely beautiful and looks just as new as the day we purchased. My point is God blessed us and wants us to have the best but …..there is something so wonderful about “keeping it simple” for there is where the real joy lies!
There is an incredible advantage to living life purely. I have never been a “bells and whistles” kind of girl, to my parents credit. They are both pretty minimalistic to some degree. My Dad is a blue jeans guy (3 pairs is good) and my mom loves walks and reading. Growing up, music was always playing and TV was hardly on. Don’t get me wrong, we loved our shows and movies and of course went shopping, but less was always more, you know? I often think about how blessed I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, without technology. Riding bikes with friends, outside constantly and just enjoying the simple life! We actually mailed letters, can you imagine!? Ahhhh, the good ‘ole days! We try to encourage that for our son – yes, he has technology and loves his games but more often than not, he is outside. We love that! He is just naturally outdoorsy and we are thankful and blessed. I’d like to think he really has a fondness for nature. God is good!
So today, if I can impart anything (to myself as well), take a minute to stop and reflect, love on someone, FREE yourself of clutter, shop intentionally (long lasting classic clothes are my jam, with some trendy pieces as well), and live simply! It is freeing, it truly is!
“Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
God Bless your sweet souls!
Happy wife and mom!
Devoted to Jesus and my family!