Welcome to Gracefully Simple Home! I am so glad that you are here. I am all about embracing simple living in every aspect of my life.
It’s a crazy world out there and it seems like every where you turn something bad has happened. You turn on the news, just to see the horrible headlines that are happening around the world. When you open up your phone, you see horrible images, that you just can’t get out of your head. You click on that social media app, just to see someone you know whose life has been affected by Covid-19. No matter where you are, the supermarket, a restaurant, church, you overhear conversations of just how crazy things have gotten. It doesn’t ever seem to stop!
The point of this blog is trying to reclaim the life that seems to have been turned upside down. Its so easy to let these things consume your life. The fear seeps in and all you do anymore is worry and become anxious and depressed. But I am tired of getting stuck in this never ending merry go round. I have decided to take my life back. To learn to find joy, in a world that is cruel and full of such hate and fear. In order to do this, my husband and I have started this journey towards a simplified lifestyle.
Minimalism, hygge, tiny house, off the grid, homesteading, these are just a few of the things that most people think you have to do to embrace a simple living lifestyle. But the truth is, its different for everyone. Simple living for one person might look like, decluttering and only keeping possessions that add value to their lives. To another person, it might be selling your 4 bedroom home in the suburbs, and moving “off grid”, where you are self-sustainable. There is no one “right” way to live a simple lifestyle. Simple living is essentially learning to be intentional in your daily life. To learn that there is more with less. It’s about being able to find the joy in the simple things in life. Click here to learn more about simple living.
Here are some of the aspects of our lives where we are learning to embrace simple living.
- Food: being conscious of what we are putting into our bodies
- Cooking: learning to cook from scratch
- Cleaning: eliminating harsh chemicals from all of our household products
- Finances: paying off debt, learning to live with less, and doing a lot of things ourselves
- Screen time: cutting cable, limiting screen time, and controlling the content that we see
- DIY: getting our hands dirty and using materials that we have on hand for projects and easy fixes
After having kids, it has never been more important to me to know what is going into our bodies, hearts and minds. I like to think that I am a pretty healthy person, but I didn’t pay too much attention to labels and ingredients until my children started eating real food. It didn’t take me long to learn, that just because a box says “healthy”, “gluten-free”, “low carb”, etc. doesn’t always mean that it is true. Yeah, a bag of “gluten-free” baked chips might be better for you than a bag of regular Doritos, but it is still not something that is great to put into your body on a daily basis.
Most of these processed “healthy” “low-fat” products, still have a ton of bad ingredients in them. Ever wondered why most of the labels look like they are written in a foreign language? Chances are, they are something to help preserve that product so that it has a long shelf life or some type of “flavoring agent” to make the food taste good. And to me, that is not very appealing.
I try and use ingredients that are fresh, wholesome and organic in all of our meals. That does not mean, that I still don’t buy some of these processed convenience products, it just means that I am more conscious and look at the list of ingredients on my packaged products that I buy. If I can’t read most of it, chances are I am not going to buy it. Thankfully, it seems like a lot of stores are offering a more wide variety of products, that are much better for you.
Some things that you can look for that will be coming to the blog soon:
- Fast, easy meals
- From scratch cooking
- What I feed my family
- Snacks for my toddlers
- Cheap healthy meals
- Meal prepping
In order to live this simple lifestyle that we are craving, we have to make some changes. First thing is first, we have to buckle down and pay off our debt. I have worked in banking, and finance and accounting for the last 10 years. You would think I would know that debt is bad. But then you go through your 20’s and you think you need “all the things”. We had our first child and I thought that I had to have anything she could possibly need, when in reality we only used maybe 50% of that, probably less. So we ended up with a car loan for my mom-worthy vehicle that I needed. Plenty of credit card debt because I couldn’t stop buying. And of course, I still have those dreaded student loans.
However, even though we do have debt, we are pretty good with our money. We have built up a pretty nice savings, always pay more than what the payment is for our loans, and try to pay off the credit cards before we have to pay any interest. But we got stuck in this cycle, and although it seemed like we were doing great, we never really saw those balances get smaller. But as we talked more and more about our homesteading dreams, I know that getting our finances in order is the first priority.
On this blog, I am going to share our tips and tricks that we are using to pay off the debt that is holding us back from the dreams that we have.
Do It Yourself
I am one of those people that want to save my money, and try and do everything on my own. Unfortunately, for my husband, that means there is always something that I need or want him to do. I am a very frugal, creative person, and if I can think it and get it on paper, my husband and I can usually make it happen. Although my husband usually tries to make a brisk exit every time I say “I have an idea”. I just don’t see the point in paying someone to do stuff when we can more than likely do it ourselves. Sometimes this means getting other friends and family members involved, but in the past 3 years that we have lived in our house, I can’t remember having to hire one person to do anything for us. And I think that’s pretty awesome!
You can expect to see many DIY posts on the blog. These are usually, very frugal, easy ideas, that anyone can figure out. These will range from DIY’s for kids, such as busy boxes and learning tools, to bigger projects like room makeovers and simple renovations. (I can see my husband rolling his eyes at all of the projects I have planned! LOL)
Give Yourself Grace
I am a perfectionist who likes to be right all the time. I like to be the person people come to for help, not someone who has to ask for it. And let me tell you, it is EXHAUSTING! These qualities cause me to over analyze to the point where it is hard for me to make decisions. I find myself obsessing about little things. I tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future. These tendencies have caused me to have anxiety and that affects my marriage, my parenting, and my relationships. That is why it is so important to give yourself grace. I am slowly learning that I don’t have to be perfect. Its ok to ask for help. I don’t have to be in control of every situation. And you know why? Because GOD is!
I don’t think I would be at the point that I am today, without reigniting my passion in Jesus Christ. Finding God’s grace has allowed me to open my eyes, and see that only he knows my path and only he can control the future.
Thank you so much for being here, and I sure hope that you join us on this journey to simple living in God’s grace!