discovering a simpiler life

discovering a simpiler life

Friday, 22 November 2013

Week 3 of the ditch your credit card challenge and my light bulb moment

I've been so busy baking, knitting, living and reading other blogs I totally forgot about the credit card challenge.  I have a couple of confessions to make today.  First confession, my main credit card, the one that usually has the consumer sins on it, is still in zero balance. I can't tell you how satisfied I feel.  Its hardly a confession I know, but it truly is amazing to me still, how little you really need when you stop all the wants. Second confession, I didn't tell my hubby about the challenge ( I think he thinks I'm going through a midlife crisis) so there was a bill during the week for some new tyres on his card, but it was for safety's sake.

I'd like to leave you with a post from Rhonda's blog Down to earth.  It is a post from 2007 but I read it for the first time this week.  I'm not ashamed to tell you I teared up reading it.  It was like watching an episode of Oprah and all her talk of 'the light bulb moment'.  I feel like I've been given permission to live the life I've been dreaming of for years.  I've never been so content.  There are days that I try fighting this simpler life due to the media, wants of my child, other people dressed up for work and the like, but its when I just let myself be and go with the flow of this life that I'm really truly at peace with myself and my lot in life.  I feel so lucky.  It helps that I'm just so in love with my kitchen and all the new things I'm desperate to try making for the first time, I feel like there isn't enough hours in the day!  I've been searching my whole life, looking for what my passion could possibly be.  I've finally found it.  I'm so silly, it was here with me all the time.  I was just too busy to see it.
Ciao, Jan

10 comments :

  1. We were just talking about it today. Life is wonderful and we should be happy and thankful for our health. I'm so pleased that you have the life that you want-that makes a huge difference! I never begrudge anyone anything now because why would I? I have the life that I want too :D

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments Lorraine, it really means a lot to me : )

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  2. So lovely that you love being home. I have always been home, 35 years now, and my husband is constantly asked why his wife is at home after the kids are grown. We don't need more income and our life would be so stressed and harried if I was not here all day keeping the home fires burning and doing what I do. I feel sorry for those who have not found it! I don't feel sorry for me at all. My life is full and interesting every day!

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    1. Thats wonderful to hear Momma-lana. It's hard to feel sorry for ourselves when we are so content, money or no money! I love that our home is less stressful, although getting out the door to school in the morning can make the stress levels rise!! haha Thanks for dropping by, Jan : )

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  3. I am not ashamed to say teared up at your 'confession'. As a woman who fought the stereotype of 'housewife' and was all career driven, having kids and being a mum/housemaker is incredible satisfying. I still work (2 days a week) because my husbands salary is so sporadic, and to be honest I need to work to keep my sanity as well. However, nothing makes me happier than providing for my tribe of men; seeing the kids ask for second helpings of healthy home grown/prepared food, watching kids dig and planting and picking fresh food from the garden and teaching them discipline that comes with the patience of having less money by saving and leaning to go without. One of my proud moments was when my oldest boy was asked about his shirt--he proudly said--my mamma made it! He couldn't care about the second hand material, or the rough sewing job-he was proud of me and damn near broke my heart with happiness.
    It took my years to find it too , but the importance of family completed me....

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    1. Pass me a tissue Robyn xxxx my dear old friend, thanks for coming back into my life, love Jan xxx

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  4. I must admit, I am insanely jealous of your life!! That's the life I want!!!!
    So glad youve had your light bulb moment!! xxx

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    1. No need to be jealous Jules, it's there for you to grab lovely xxx

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  5. I am positive that many of those people who are off to work and buying a million material things will still have pangs of jealousy for what you have - passion and contentment.
    Too many people are looking towards stuff for fulfilment, but they won't find it there.

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    1. I was one of those people too but not any more, my eyes have been well and truly opened!! :D thank you for stopping by, I will go and have a look at your blog. Jan x

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