Category Archives: Simplicity

Happiness found in a cookie….it’s the small things that make me happy.

Happy Tuesday guys.  Lately, I’ve been going to Barnes & Noble most evenings after work to study for the CFP exam, which I’m scheduled to take this coming November.  However, I never can sit in the cafe area, which is actually a Starbucks, without purchasing something.  To tell you the truth, I’m not all that keen on the coffee, it’s too strong for me, but Lord help me, I love the pastries and especially that salted caramel toffee cookie….it is to die for.  I find myself buying one every time I’m there.  As a matter of fact, I bought one yesterday.  I’m beginning to think that this little cookie is fast becoming one of my weaknesses….I can’t help it….I love those cookies. I find myself getting excited and longing for one every time I know that I’m going to go to B&N.  Am I coming to study or is it the cookie?  I don’t know….it’s both!

Okay, I know, what you’re thinking…”this girl is crazy talking about a cookie…aren’t there other things more important in life to talk about?”  Yes indeed there are more important things going on in the world other than my addiction to salted caramel toffee cookies but isn’t it just a great feeling to take your mind off the problems of the world every now and again?  Believe me, there will always be something going on that holds our attention.  If it isn’t global warming, then it’s terrorist plots stateside or in the Middle East or the price of gas climbing another .20 cents/gal.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that, every now and again, you should just sit back and think about the little things that make your life or your day happy, i.e. mellow in the moment a little….life is already hard enough.  We’ve all got bills, bills, and more bills….and the majority of us have no choice but to get up everyday and punch the clock.  I’m hoping to exit the stage left of the 9-5 rat race soon, but for now, I’m apart of the gang.

So go ahead, have that latte every now and again if that makes you happy, or if your idea of happiness is kicking back on the front porch or hanging out in the park playing softball….don’t let anyone deter you from doing it because you surely do deserve it.  As for me…I’m going to keep eating my salted caramel toffee cookies and I’m going to eat it slow and savor the goodness and smile and concentrate on the good things in life.

What small simple things do you do that make you happy?



Keeping things simple in life

The older I get, the more I find myself yearning for a more simplistic life. I honestly don’t like dealing with complicated issues….it makes my head hurt, frankly.

The other day, I decided to tackle cleaning out my garage and was just overwhelmed with all the junk I had accumulated over the years. Unfortunately, I’ve never used my garage for what it was originally intended. It’s been a junk room of sorts. It literally took me about 5 days to clean it out and I had to hire some help because I just didn’t possess the energy to tackle it all myself without getting frustrated.

I started to take a torch to it…just kidding. 🙂

When I finally emptied out my garage, I found that I had enough furniture to basically decorate an entire living space. Secondly, I had boxes of shoes, clothes, tools that I have never really used and all kinds of yard equipment. I went to Lowes and bought some shelving to organize all my belongings and the rest I either took to Goodwill or gave away. It felt good to give away the furniture to someone in need but it also made me think about all the money I spent friviously on stuff that ultimately ended up in the garage. I honestly think that if I would have sold those items I could have possibly made about $1,000, which means that the retail price was well over $2,500.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand. I am leaning more towards a simple life, meaning that I am learning to be content with what I have. As long as it is clean and livable. I don’t have that urge anymore to constantly buy things. Actually, I don’t like clutter at all and my house is so cluttered from junk. A clutter free house means that you have space and a clear mind. I am all for a clear mind these days and if that means clearing out all the junk in my house to acheive a clear and peaceful mind, then so be it. As a result of this new way of thinking, I am beginning to put other things in perspective….like my spending. I don’t spend money on things like I used to. I am learning how to save money and really be frugal. I like the thought of being frugal because it allows me to be creative with my money and at the same time acheive my savings goal.

What about you? What are you yearning for in life? Is your life clutter free? Are you leaning toward more simplicity and clarity in your life?