Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 27 - of 30 Days to a Simplier Life

Well, 4 more days left of "30 days to a simpler life" I'm running out of ideas! :) But I will say doing this has been good for me. I have learned alot as I researched all these different areas of simplifying and I have actually made some changes in my life as a result. It feels good! On the 31st I will write a review of the things I have actually begun to implement in my life and how that is going for me. And yes, I am doing the envelope system and it is working!!! My hubby is sooo impressed and surprised, I will write more on the 31st. So let's see if I can finish this up. If anyone has any ideas out there I would love to hear them!

Today I am just going to share my little list of what I am going to call, "Simple Pleasures" These are the things in life that just make you feel happy and content. They are usually very simple, familiar everyday things. They are the things that when everything is crazy in life that when that thing or that smell is there for a tiny little moment, all is well with our world. This is my list and your list will probably be different than mine, but make a list so that when you need a little getaway and you can't go anywhere - possibly you can pull one of these out.

Kathy's Simple Pleasures:
  • My first cup of coffee in the morning.
  • Digging into a new bible study series
  • A good book
  • Seeing a great movie and have a large bag of popcorn on my lap. :)
  • Sitting in front of the fireplace. (doing this right now.)
  • Spending time with children (especially grandchildren)
  • Familiar smells - fresh bread, coffee brewing or a pie cooking. My mom and dads house had a smell - a good one - that just reminded me of them.
  • Taking a hot bath - even better if you have a jacuzzi tub - I don't :(
  • Fresh clean sheets to climb into
  • An unexpected compliment
  • A real letter or package in the mailbox
  • Sleeping while it's raining
  • Finding money you didn't know you had
  • A morning run
  • Walking barefoot in the grass - I loved doing this in Pennsylvania - not the same in FL
  • Listening to a great song
  • Eating a piece of chocolate
  • Getting a Dunkin Donuts coffee or a Starbucks latte - are you seeing a pattern here??
  • Having a "lazy" day
I will stop there but I really could keep's amazing how many wonderful, simple things there are in life that can just make you feel like all is well at least for that moment. Make your list and when needed most take a few moments to enjoy a "simple pleasure"

Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. - Ecclesiastes 4:6


Pocahontas hiker said...

This is too funny! I was just thinking how nice and fresh to jump into a bed with changed linens! Thanks.

Beverly Walters Whaley said...

Great List Kath of simple pleasures......the thing about most of they are free! Funny how you think PLEASURE has to COST something from one of your envelopes....but it doesn't! Keep up the encouragment girl! I have learned sooooo much from myself by doing this! I just might keep it up! You must come up with a MONTH 2 challenge! LOL