keepin’ it simple

by steph on April 8, 2013

The world we live in is not a simple one.  It’s fast paced, technology driven, and instant gratification is standard.  It overwhelms me at times, while at other moments I am guilty of being in the throws of the rat race.  As a mama, I am trying to shelter my little ones from this world and keep it simple at home.  It’s so easy to have this ideal and standard in my head, but I struggle with how to implement it on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.  #1 is only 3 1/2, but I have started to hear her say ‘she wants’ A LOT! I know it’s natural to want things.  She really wants to be like Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and I know I’ll never be able to give her that! :)   As for the little toys, or nail polish or dresses she thinks she has to have,  I want to teach her the difference between wants & needs.  We have so much, we need so little.  Maybe even get them to understand that less is more!  I want her to  to be grateful and thankful for all she has.  We have more than we need in all aspects of life.  There are millions of people that have less and nothing at all, she needs to know this.  With this being said, I found it an appropriate time to simplify at home and practice what I’m trying to preach!

When thinking of this post I ran across a college friend’s blog, which led me to Simple Mom Blog & Project Simplify 2013.  It was the answer I needed to help me start living out my ‘less is more’ approach that I long for them to understand.  It’s part de-clutter/spring cleaning, but I hope during the month of Project Simple that I too, stop and take notice of how much we really have, and to try to tame my ‘wants’!  It’s a tall order, but I know I can do it!  I’ll keep you posted with our house clean up throughout the month.  Happy Monday and cheers to living simply!

-Steph

 

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Jennifer @ Her Southern Charm April 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Good post, Steph! And so true. We have no much and only need so little. Well said.

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Erin Lausman April 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Great post, Steph! I had dinner earlier this school year with one of my student’s families who has a sweet tradition during their meal time. Each person in the family (kids are a little bit older but you could improvise) shares one thing they were thankful for during that day and one way that they were helpful to someone else. I thought it was a sweet way of creating conversation that is positive and not driven by anything other than our internal kindness as the reward. After that, I started doing the same thing with my first graders so each morning we say our gratefuls….everyone shares one thing they feel grateful for that morning. I notice that it is rarely a tangible item but usually a person or idea or experience. Anyhow, I enjoyed reading your post today!

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