Monday, July 2, 2012
Our local market opened last Saturday and it runs until the end of September. It's only about a 5 minute walk from the house and I enjoy stopping by early every Saturday morning to pick up fresh, local, and seasonal produce for our weekly meals. It's one of my favorite things about living here. We live in a small town where we can walk to dinner, the local movie theater, the market, or the beach. We are truly blessed. I'm reminded today to be grateful for where I live despite the weather. We enjoy a simple life. Over the years we've simplified our possessions and lifestyle choosing to keep only the things that enhance our lives and really appreciating the simple moments of life. Walking the market on Saturday morning holding the love of my life's hand while we chatted and I photographed the lovely produce and flowers was wonderful. He's my best friend and there's no one in the world I'd rather spend time with. We discuss our dreams and goals and encourage each other in ways to make those things happen. There's a quote by Thoreau which states "go confidently in the direction of your dreams." For us that dream will one day include a lifestyle in the sun. Until that day we will keep our possessions at a minimum and live on a budget that allows us to save a little towards our dream. I will finish school and we will live within our means. We will value our time with our girls. For me memories and moments are so much more valuable than possessions. Also, if you keep your possessions to a minimum it's easier to maintain a clean home because keeping track of all that stuff is quite time consuming. Recently I watched an episode of House Hunters International where a family sold everything in order to simplify their lives. They lived in a large house in Vegas and looked to be the epitome of the wealthy American. But this couple felt like they were living and working to maintain there stuff, they were ready for a change. They ended up buying a small home in the Caribbean with cash and after living in quite a large and fancy home were now settled into a small, simple home which only contained one bathroom. Her attitude was amazing! She simply said, "well at least I only have one bathroom to clean now!" I am definitely of the "less is more" mentality when it comes to life. I'm so inspired by those who've already achieved it while I still work towards it. But instead of impatiently waiting I want to live in the moment and enjoy each and every step. We are making memories. We're working towards dreams! And now I've got my perspective back.