Choosing the Simple Life {Thankfulness Thursdays :: Week 5}

Today is week five of Thankfulness Thursdays where we meet up each week to share what we are thankful for from now until Thanksgiving.  You can write a simple list or focus on writing about one thing you are thankful for.  No rigid rules! 

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This week I am thankful for time.  Time to be.  Time to do things.  Time to spend with people.  Time to live out big or silly dreams. 

I have grown to learn that having time for things is a choice.

Just like anyone else I wish I had more time in the day.  But I rarely feel like I do not have the time to do the things that I find most important.  Or for things that are relaxing.  Or for things that I enjoy.

Instead I choose to say no.  I choose to not be busy.  I choose to only keep the priorities in my schedule so there is room for flexibility.

We all have different lives.  Different commitments.  Different schedules. This is not about comparing one person's life to another.  But I truly believe that no matter the life circumstance, there is room to choose how our free time is spent. 

our one year anniversary

The first year my husband and I were married we had zero commitments outside of work.  He was working full time where he works now and I was substitute teaching.  We went from almost five years of crazy dating...being busy, staying out late, I was finishing school, we both volunteered, all the while trying to spend any and every moment we could with each transitioning into a whole year of married quietness.  A year of simple living was by far one of our wisest choices.

We got a glimpse of what it was like to not be busy.  We got to experience time together.  We got to rest and be at home.  We tasted the simple life and vowed to never go back to a busy one.

Life has gotten busier and we have been able to figure out how much we can put on our schedule based on our day to day.  But for the most part, we still choose a quiet, simple, at home life, over a busy one.

Perhaps you could use some more quiet in your life.  Or maybe make time for something you have always wanted to do.  What are you willing to give up to make that happen?


  1. My husband and I prefer our simple, at home life as well. We get really frazzled and feel disconnected from each other when things get too busy.
    I need to work on my time management at home more, to make time for craft projects and the like. But I enjoy my time as well. :-)

  2. I love this post! Sometimes being busy happens and life gets crazy. It's always those times when I realize how much I prefer when our lives are simpler. Spending time with friends and family, school, activities all adds up, but we can feel when we need to dial it back a notch. Thanks for a good reminder that the simple life is a blessing :)

  3. Congrats on managing to choose a simple life! I think that it is really easy to get caught up in all of the "other stuff" and forget why you chose to spend your life with that person. Good job!

  4. I totally know the feeling of being beyond busy and finally scaling back. Since having our baby, we have felt ok declining events and enjoying our time together at home more. It has been one of the best things we've done.

    No post for me this week -- I've been busy with work and tonight we spent the evening at a cancer benefit for a neighbor. So I wanted to say this week, I am thankful for my health. This lady is fighting a rare form of cancer - while being a wife - a mama to four young children - a friend - a sister - a daughter. I cannot imagine the things she must be facing. So this week, I am thankful for my health!

  5. You guys are so wise. Really, to be able to have that kind of perspective and decide to stay un-busy from such an early age (and then to write about it so eloquently now), it's amazing. I hope you know that. xoxo


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