I’m Eliza Cross, and this is me cracking up as my daughter tries to take my picture in our back yard. (Full disclosure: As an organic gardener and constant puller of weeds, I never actually blew those dandelion seeds around. Nosirree.)
Happy Simple Living is where you can explore ideas and discoveries about simplicity, home, family, good food, saving money, and sustainable living. This is also the home of the annual January Money Diet.
When I began consciously yearning for more simplicity, I spent some quiet time considering the qualities of daily living that, for me, are most important. Here’s the list I wrote:
Simple Living: My Goals
- To foster peace and laughter in our home
- To live in a healthy, uncluttered environment
- To eat good food, spend time outdoors and get exercise
- To be debt free, and steward our finances wisely
- To live lightly on the planet
- To give back
My Time: Top Priorities
- Time to pray and meditate
- Time with family and friends
- Time to create
- Time to do good work
- Time to exercise and take care of myself
- Time to do nothing
Your list may look very different from mine, but that’s the beauty of occasionally reviewing our priorities and considering how we ideally want to spend our time, energy and resources. Successful companies often have annual retreats for long-term planning; shouldn’t we also occasionally take stock of whether our daily lives match up with our values and dreams?
Since 2006, I’ve been blogging about our family’s journey to live simply and sustainably, with an emphasis on having fun along the way. I welcome your thoughts and ideas, and you can contact me at elizagcross(at)gmail(dot)com.
May your own quest to live simply and happily go abundantly well, and I hope you’ll stop by and visit often.