I realized something today - we are always talking about living simple and cutting back and making do. MAYBE what we need to do is SIMPLY LIVE!!!!!!
Quit trying to make everyone in the world happy - it can't happen. Quit trying to do what everyone expects you to do - do what you want/need.
Now I am NOT advocating do anything morally wrong or illegal in any way at all. Just do what makes you happy! Maybe if we do just that - then in turn we are happier people and it will show with others.
I have always said I didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up - well, guess what? I still don't!!! I love doing a lot of things - so I guess I will just practice many things and be a master of none!
This is so true! Everything is a choice in life. We get one shot at this thing called life - so YES, choose wisely. I like the last half of that list!!!!!
Do you like to paint? - Then create. Paint pictures, paint rocks, paint frames, paint walls, paint fabric - just paint!
Do you like to sew? - then create wonderful items for yourself or others. Create - sew, crochet, knit, quilt, whatever you love.
Do you love animals? - Then take care of your pets. Pet sit for others. Volunteer your time at animal shelters. Feed nature and watch them. Do what you love.
Do you like photography? - Take pictures of nature, of birds and animals. Take pictures of foods. Take pictures of trees and flowers. Frame them - gift them - enjoy them!
Do you love to cook? - Then create wonderful dishes for your family and/or friends. Create foods and sell them.
Do you love to shop? - Make it a business - do it for others. Now more than anytime, would be a great time to shop for others. At least the orders would be delivered correctly??? !!! LOL
Want to own a business? - Do it. It doesn't have to be brick and mortar - it can be an Etsy shop or something.
Help others. Volunteer at homeless shelters or at food/supply pantries. Start a neighborhood clean-up. Start a "village" garden (something for next year). Start a Christmas gift drive for disadvantaged children. Do whatever you can to help others - you are not just helping others but yourself and you will be setting a wonderful example.
Do what makes you happy.
I have a niece who is a very spiritual young woman, she also loves being healthy, exercise and nature. She worked at her church for many years as a 'teacher' of sorts. She taught exercise classes, nutrition and spoke of Biblical lessons we should all follow. Well, as most things last year, that came to an end. Not to be stopped - she started her own business. She takes groups on camping and hiking trips to commune with nature and God - she still teaches nutrition (while in the woods) and teaches God's lessons. She is doing all the things in life that make her happy and she is making a good living and she is helping others. They get scripture, exercise, fresh air, nutritious food and a wonderful weekend in nature.
Pretty cool for doing what makes you happy!
So take some time and decide what is your passion. Decide your joys in life. Decide what makes you happy.
We all know family, friends and pets are our joys! That is for sure. I am talking about other things that make you smile.
The same goes for taking care of your home. You know what you want and need to feel prepared for whatever. No one knows your heart and mind. If others don't follow suit - so be it. Keep doing you and do what makes your home your FORTRESS.
If you get criticized - smile and thanks for your advice, and then continue what you are doing. When it comes to your home and your well being - you know what is right. You DO YOU!
Don't let others hold you back. People can criticize and judge all they want - this is your life. As long as you can afford what you do, do not put upon others, and you are happy - then LIVE.
It isn't all about living simply - but SIMPLY LIVING.
FOLLOW YOUR HEART