Someone recently asked me how I ‘do it all’ with blogging and having young kids. It was an embarrassing email to read not only because I was reading it five days after it was sent but also, I had taken an unplanned two week hiatus from writing, blogging and most online activities.
If you’re a long time reader of this blog you know that I don’t do it all. My home is simply furnished, my kids are in just a few activities and we lead a pretty quiet life. I’m also fortunate to have my older child in part-time daycare so regularly get some hours of just me and the baby. It’s been four months since Wil arrived and I’m still having productive weeks followed by very slow weeks. Completely normal for this woman that doesn’t do it all.
Long winded way of saying: good to see you again, apologies for my unplanned offline time and thank you for continuing to read even when I am consistently inconsistent on the posting front. Have big plans for the next few months like creating my ultimate capsule wardrobe now that I am back in my regular jeans, and sharing some changes in our quest for the simple life.
While I haven’t been writing for the last two weeks, I have been reading.
I even, shocker, picked up a hard copy of one of my favorite weekend papers. The kids and commitments didn’t allow me the leisure of reading all of it on a Saturday morning, post-workout with a coffee(s) as I did in my child-free life, but I did finish it over four days.
I love the easy pleasure of reading a great weekend newspaper. Even if it takes me longer than a weekend.
Just two reads for you today. Your time is precious so I’m just including the best of what has inspired me even more to live with less and spend more thoughtfully.
I have extolled the awesomeness of this book many times. I was thrilled to read this account from a parent that put the book into action and saw excellent results. Another inspiring note from this post: after many failed attempts the author finally figured out a quick easy way to declutter her home.
If you are struggling to de-clutter your children’s rooms go read this post now. It will give you a little kick in the pants to get started today.
We often talk about value spending in my house. It’s a constant back and forth between my husband I: what do we allocate our money to that gives back to us and others.
Travel, health and giving are currently at the top of our list. Things at the bottom: dining out and stuff (clothes, toys, housewares).
This article in the Globe and Mail gave me more insight into how we spend money to buy happiness. A lot of our decisions align with this list of five ways to buy joy:
- Buy experiences
- Make it a treat
- Buy time
- Pay now, consume later
- Invest in others
Travel hits both the first and fourth way to buy joy.
We love planning trips, scouting airfares, reading travel articles and discussing the possibility of taking our family to a new destination. Often we spend hours planning for trips we never take. That might sound disappointing but it’s actually fun. We get the high of trip planning without spending a dime. Someone once told me half the enjoyment from a vacation is the planning and day dreaming for it.
Are there ways that you buy happiness or joy? We spent on extra help when the new baby arrived and buying that ‘time’ was a great value spend for us.