Hi! I'm new to the team. I'm hoping to simplify my life. I love the feeling I get when I get rid of clutter. I like to live with only the things I love, however I live in a really tiny cottage so not quite enough room for the things we do have. I also think emotional spending and emotional eating are related, I would like to do both mindfully. I feel clutter is related to being overweight too. Anyways, happy to be here and share support! Bella
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt
Hello! I'm new to the team, not so new to SparkPeople. I'm interested in making friends and learning more about simplifying my life...maybe getting rid of the crap I have so I can focus on getting schoolwork done or just going out and enjoying nature more often.
Anyways, I'll try to be an active member of this team--I have a lot to learn! Thanks for reading!
"Yemmi, I understand that you live in a world where righteousness and evil seem very far apart, but that is not the real world." ~Mr. Echo
Stopping by to say hello and to thank all my new "Frugal Friends" for the "Reusable Bag" SparkGoodie. (My reusable bags come in handy for so many uses.)
I'm always looking for ways to stretch my dollar and make the most of what I have. By watching what I spend and minimizing waste as much as possible, I find that I am able to cut back on certain purchases without having to deprive my family of those things we most enjoy.
Looking forward to getting better acquainted with everyone!
Hi I am Lisa I joined last week but been lurking around. I am interested in learning to live more simple lifestyle my husband has expensive tastes and if its the latest gadget he wants he gets it. Needed or not I am okay with that. but It seems like we only spend spend spend we like to a lot of stuff but with the price of a new gadget here and there we don a lot of without other stuff. Instead of going here and there like we use to we had to started to cutting back on outings and eating out and GASP we had to attend free places (local parks, hiking trails, free events) I kinda really dig it more than my husband I can have a nicer time than he does. So I am looking to make things even better so we can both have a happy medium. As much as I like technology I am not addicted like my husband. who has to have the newest form of the gadget every year :) So Its nice to meet you. Another recent purchase was an our GSD and my Hubby is taking a vacation in Las Vegas he is stressing over money this is something I would like to learn to avoid. in the future a little better planning and the will power to say no.
Conradburk - I would think it is getting harder to live on that fixed income as things just keep going higher. I just went to the store to get dog food yesterday and noticed they had changed the packaging. Now instead of getting 40 pounds for 21.79, I am only getting 36 pounds. What am I supposed to do, give my dogs less food now.
Becca - I love to cook and read as well and we have 3 wonderful labs who keep us out walking them everyday rain or shine, heat or cold. And amateur ghost hunter! Love that. I went to a plantation in Louisiana that is haunted and stayed with my sister and mom and dad, it was a birthday gift to my then 73 year old dad and retired minister. They had a good weekend and the 3 of us women had experiences during the night. My sister and I even recorded some activity that woke us up. Very cool. Material things can not bring happiness, but playing with your 2 dogs will as well as all of the other activities you enjoy.
Pounds lost: 9.0
Fitness Minutes: (31,177) Posts: 322 9/16/11 9:41 A
Just a quick intro...my name's Becca, I'm a graphic designer from Texas, and I love to cook, bake, ride my bike, read, play with my 2 beautiful dogs, and I have also done some amateur ghost hunting.
I am learning that irresponsibility with money, and a belief that material things could bring me happiness, have led me to make a mess out of the financial side of my life. I am tired of the guilt, depression, etc. and have finally learned that true happiness doesn't come from the things money can buy. I am learning to live a simpler life, and the satisfaction it's bringing makes me want to learn what else I can do to simplify even more!
I look forward to learning and sharing with the team!
"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me." - Emo Philips
I am a 56-year-old retired Organic Chemist living on a fixed income for the past 25 years from my disability insurance from my company. Fortunately it is generous, but since it is fixed, my financial situation becomes tighter and tighter with time due to inflation! I have managed to save money over the years through living frugally, but have had recurrent episodes of spending where I completely lose my financial mind! I am at a loss as to how to explain these lapses, but they all involve emotional spending instead of spending rationally--or not spending at all. I hope that the team can help me to stay focused on my savings goals and not overspend as I have in the past! I look forward to being a team member and posting on the message boards.
Hi Team, I said I would not join another team but after looking around here you have caputured my . I so want my life to be similier! and frugal (DH and I are seniors now so have to stretchhhhhh those dollars!) Recently was thinking how I enjoyed vacation 5 years ago and living in a small camper for three months. Mornings began with breakfast, doing dishes, sweeping through and timeeeee to do anything wanted to. Read, write, paint, visit, etc. and no guilty feelings of I should be doing this housecleaning job or that. We haven't been on vacation in 5 years because that is when DH started our new home. This month we should move into it. I might add cedar was taken from our own land, stone we hauled for free, and we paid for everything as we went along except for the power company to bring in power to our home. We did prepare the way by cutting the trees etc. and had to take a loan out to get the electricity or they would have taken what we had to work with. I do not plan on taking unnecessary items to our new home and get rid of all my excess before we move. that is the plan! now to stick to it. I want to be able to live that life where I have no housekeeping guilt over my head. Simple and done! Retired and time to live!!! Think I will take this team site with me. sherry
Edited by: SLS-NY2IN at: 9/11/2011 (09:59)
Pounds lost: 7.2
Fitness Minutes: (9,620) Posts: 440 9/10/11 12:32 A
It's sure nice to have found your Team since I think that frugality and simple living is a mindset and not necessarily a reflection of a small budget, but rather a consequence of an expansive mind and/or way of thinking that encompasses the impact of a person's lifestyle on all living things around us.
I think that we either contribute to the global problems that face our children and grand children or search for solutions and shoulder the responsibility that go along with being the elders in preparation for a better world of tomorrow, at least better than the one we were handed at the beginning of our life terms.
Since I am also on a narrow budget, it makes all the more more sense to join your Team and find some great ideas for a better, simpler, more frugal lifestyle. Whoever started this Team ... Thank You! Also, thanks for the SparkGoodie! The reusable bag brought a smile to my face! :)
Looking forward to meeting you all, Droplet.
"Today, a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it."
-Anne De Lenclos
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,590) Posts: 56 9/5/11 2:42 P
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