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Lately I've been feeling a pull towards more simplicity in life. One of the greatest luxuries is the ability to do nothing at all. What is simple in your life?<br><br>
DD catches the yellow school bus every morning.<br>
We rarely use our car.<br>
We often stay at home on weekends and enjoy the pool or the park.<br>
We usually eat at home.<br>
We frequent the library and read a lot.<br>
We avoid big box stores and don't shop for sport.<br>
We buy nice clothes that last a long while.<br>
I enjoy reading the paper version of the Sunday NYTimes.<br><br>
How about you?
 

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Online, automatic, electronic bill pay--simple once I set it up and saves me tons of time and stress.<br><br>
We like to go kayaking and get into nature as much as we can. I love to have outside fires at night.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Yes!<br><br>
Online, automatic, electronic bill pay--simple once I set it up and saves me tons of time and stress.
 

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We are outside almost constantly in the late spring/summer. We have a boat, so we're always on the lake, swimming & fishing. We stay in lake cabins, too, about two or three times a year, & that always makes life feel more simple. But really, our entire life is pretty simple... we live in rural north Louisiana in a town with a population of 183.
 

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Right now...not a lot, but some things!<br><br>
I rarely, rarely watch t.v. news anymore. I get my news online.<br><br>
I wear less make-up than I used to wear. Just a little eyeliner, some powder and blush and I'm good to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
My lunches are pretty simple. Cheese and tomato sandwich. Yogurt. PB&J. Leftovers. An apple and peanut butter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat"><br><br>
I don't have a lot of knick-knacky stuff out, so dusting is a pretty easy thing to do.
 

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Most stuff is easy for us. Our lives are busy and occasionally chaotic, but over all I don't feel like life is hard or too stressful. Even now, my dh just moved 4 hours away during the week, we have a dog and sports and PTA and Little League meetings and travel to visit family and just stuff...but I don't feel like it's hard.<br><br>
I love that ds takes the bus and that dd can sleep in. I love that most days there is nothing that I HAVE to do.
 

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Not enough. But...<br><br>
DH and I work pretty much alternating shifts which, while it can occasionally get hairy, allows us both the "external release" of working outside the home while keeping DS at home (mostly) with one or the other of us.<br><br>
We eat mostly at home, and plan our eatings-out carefully.<br><br>
We are slowly figuring out how to do a little housework every day, rather than letting the house explode and then spending a grouchy day cleaning it. We're on the learning curve on this one.<br><br>
We take low-stress vacations... mostly to visit family and friends.
 

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Pizza night! Homemade and super stress-free.<br>
I grew everything for my garden from seed this year. In the laundryroom of my 850sq ft house! Plus I got to share the extras with lots of folks.<br>
Visiting the local rose garden. Its amazing.<br>
We have no TV which makes life amazingly more simple.<br>
I am slowly learning how to make all the things I love myself.
 

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TV free for 6.5 years.<br>
Short (20-30 minute) commute to work<br>
My home - small 1BR condo I rent. I've got minimal stuff and it's very easy to take care of. I've got so little stuff that I will be able to move in 1.5 carloads (I've got a compact car) next time, aside from my furniture.<br>
I've got a busy schedule outside of work (active in church and head up one organization at church and another regional one, taking classes), but I've got good time management skills and all is well.<br>
No complicated hobbies.<br>
Doing as much online (getting bill statements, paying bills, shopping - even for shoes!) as possible.
 

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Nice thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A few simple things in my life:<br><br>
One of my favorite meals is toast and coffee.<br>
I have a small wardrobe of clothes that fit well and are totally "me".<br>
Going for nice long walks with DS and DH is my favorite simple pleasure of all.
 

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I have a small wardrobe of clothes that fit well and are totally "me".</div>
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I would love to manage this someday! Yay, for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I truly admire this. And it is what I strive for. Enough interesting and fulfilling things to do, without feeling stressed.<br><br><br>
Most stuff is easy for us. Our lives are busy and occasionally chaotic, but over all I don't feel like life is hard or too stressful.
 

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"To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony."<br><br>
---William Henry Channing
 

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I truly admire this. And it is what I strive for. Enough interesting and fulfilling things to do, without feeling stressed.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Most stuff is easy for us. Our lives are busy and occasionally chaotic, but over all I don't feel like life is hard or too stressful.</div>
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Dh and I both grew up in incredibly chaotic homes. They were very different, but the end result for us is that we strive to live a very drama free life. Certain family members have been cut off or limited severly because of the drama they bring. Without emotional drama/chaos life is so much easier. No matter how many PTA flyers you have to type up or practices you have to drive to.<br><br>
If I look objecively at our schedules and overall life I'd say "holy crap!!". But there's no drama, no crazyness and it just works. It's all good, even when it's not!!
 

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my life. my life is pretty simple. when it is not simple, and i begin to feel stressed out about some aspect, then i try to change that. it is important for me to feel calm, peaceful and confident about my life.
 

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I gave away all my craft supplies to a friend, except my knitting needles and few balls of yarn. I loved doing that craft, but I love having the space even more. And I get far more time to knit now, since I'm not searching through boxes and cupboards and drawers every time I want to find something.
 

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Great thread!<br><br>
1. Work- I work weekend day shift as an RN and DH watches the children. I am home during the week so no before or after school care needed. The children have a parent at home at all times.<br>
2. Shopping- We stopped shopping at several different storesfor food. We shop Costco and one other grocery store usually Publix<br>
3. I stopped couponing and stockpiling-- This took up way too much time and space in our apt. I do still buy a few things when I find a great price. However, I don't spend time/energy on stocking up like I used to. It is very freeing for me.<br>
4. We are a one car family<br>
5. Children ride the bus to and from school<br>
6. Online bill pay for the bills/Direct deposit for paychecks
 

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I love simplicity, but not too much is simple for us right now.
 

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We live in a small town, like 800 people and that alone makes life feel more simple. We can only walk to so many places (library, park, post office, school) because we of course have nothing else but that in our town lol and then it is a 30 min drive for groceries (which we do once a month).<br><br>
We don't do a lot of tv, in the summer it never gets turned on, sometimes we will do a movie on a rainy day, play outside, doen't go out to eat, hang clothes on the line, auto bill pay, so simple!<br><br>
Canning, it isn't simple, but relaxing and rewarding. Hmm can't think of anything else but I'm sure there is more. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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