Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why I Am Attracted To the Minimalist Lifestyle




1. I want to live a simpler life.

2. I want fewer possessions, but higher quality.

3. I want freedom.

4. I want to be more mindful.

5. I love spacious, streamlined rooms. To me, it looks and feels luxurious!

6. A smaller wardrobe where everything fits well and flatters my coloring.

7. More time to do the things I enjoy.

8. Less upkeep and maintenance. 

9. More money because I am not recreational shopping or trying to fill empty spaces in my home.

10. I want to have only what is useful and beautiful in my home and life.

11. No piles of paperwork. I'm going digital!

12. Creating a vacation spirit in my every day life.

13. I don't want to spend my off days endlessly cleaning.

14. More experiences, less things.

15. More time with family and friends.

16. Becoming debt-free instead of creating more debt.

17. Less stress and worry.

18. Be happier.

19. We don't have to have a huge house or rent a storage building.

20. I am ready to clear out the excess and the unimportant and create my ideal life.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Change Can Be Good





I have never been very fond of changes, but lately we've had several. Most of them have been good changes. 

The older I get, the easier it is for me to go with the flow. I don't have to be in control of everything.

One of the biggest changes of late is soon, Alfred will be leaving his current job of 14 years. He was offered a job with double the annual pay and lots of benefits!

This will help us to become debt-free sooner than I had planned.

We are both excited about the changes and to see what the future holds. 

Here's to change and good things!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Changes, Simplicity and Living Well


There has many changes lately and even more to come in the near future. Seven weeks ago I started working full time as Customer Care Specialist at a Chevrolet dealership and have been promoted to Warranty Administrator. Once my 90 day probation period ends I should get a pay raise!

I am still continuing my ever-present goal of simplifying every area of my life. I am rarely on Facebook these days, preferring to read & rest when I get home. 

I've stopped email notifications on my cell phone and only check it a couple times a week. I've unsubscribed from newsletters and sale alerts. I'm not looking to go on a shopping spree anytime soon...if ever! *smile*

I'm ever deleting blogs and FB pages I'm no longer interested in. 

I pay 99% of my bills online using online bill pay.

I had planned to hold a yard sale, but I'm working every Saturday for the time being. So I'm just going to donate my stuff to charity. I plan to do that this week! There is a lot and will be more, I'm sure. 

Today I'm going through papers and getting rid of as much as possible. This girl is going digital!

Slowly, but surely I am peeling away the excess. I feel I have so far to go still, but I can't stop now. It feels good to live with less. Less worry, less cleaning, less maintenance, less money wasted. 

I want more time to relax, rest, do things I enjoy, spend time with family and friends and enjoy life. That is my idea of living well! 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where I've Been





Wow, it's been over a month since I've posted! There have been some big changes here recently.

I started a new job and am now working full time as a cashier/receptionist in service at a Chevrolet car dealership. It is much easier on me physically and I love it!! I'm making more money per hour and get paid holidays, vacation, and benefits. I am off every Sunday and I have a whole weekends with my family every other week.

We have spending a lot more time at the beach at Pirates Cove. We get  there early and set up at a picnic table under an oak tree and make a day out of it. It's so nice to come home relaxed from a day out in the sun and water to shower, make a simple dinner, and turn in early. 

I recently bought a Kindle and have been reading like a fiend. Making up for lost time, eh!  

For the 4th of July we went down to The Wharf in Orange Beach and watched the laser light shows, fire enchantress and hula hoop girl acts and fireworks. It was an enjoyable evening.

Oh! And I almost forgot! June 29th, Alfred and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a day at the beach, of course. *big smile*

Overall, life has become more busy but it's all good. I'm happier than I've been in a long time. I do miss blogging regularly. I may only post once a week on one of my days off. I haven't quite figured it out yet. 

Until next time....

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Frugal Doings





Bought a pair of dress pants I needed for a job interview for $7 on clearance. They were a bit long so I asked Mama to hem them for me. Regular price was $19.97 for the pants. I saved $12.97.



When we bought our sectional sofa a few years ago it came with three large throw pillows. The colors were not to my liking. Several months ago I bought a gorgeous beachy fabric and Mama made slipcovers for them. They are perfect!

I was able to refinance my car loan from a 12.24% interest rate to 3.98%.



Our son bought his first new car, a 2014 Dodge Dart. He got a 5.14% interest rate and his payments are affordable. He bought his own insurance through USAA, who we also use, so we were able to remove him from our policy, lowering the premium.

Each month, I have been tracking our debt balance total. It's so exciting to watch the balance drop! 

One of Alfred's credit cards expired and the company sent us a new one. I have chosen not to activate it so we can pay it off. 

Took the girls bowling last Friday. For Kenzie it was completely free, Kayla and I had to pay for shoe rental which was $6.54 for the both of us. We had a lot of fun!

I've written out my budget for June. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Something to Ponder




Saw this on Project333's Facebook page yesterday. Since I'm radically purging belongings in preparation for a yard sale, I have come to the realization that I need very little to be happy.

What really matters to me? Spending time with my family and friends. Creating a haven at home. Good food. Making time for things I enjoy. Self-care and health. Making memories.

I just don't care about fancy vacations, name brand clothes, nights out at expensive restaurants, etc. There's nothing wrong it if you can afford it, but it's just never been a priority for me. 

I'm a simple girl at heart and it's the little things that make life worthwhile for me. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Frugal Doings, Accomplishments, and Goals



Frugal Doings:

I added $10.42 to the change jar.

My car battery died. Got a replacement for free.

We received two free tickets to a concert Sunday evening to see Foreigner and Styx.

Paid off two small medical bills....Yay!

Saved business envelopes from bills we pay online to use in the future.

Saved cotton ball from a medicine container to use to remove nail polish in the future.

Desperately needed a new pair of work shoes. I wanted Sketcher's Go Walk which run $60. I found a pair online at Amazon for $43.44 with free shipping.

Signed us up for KidsBowlFree.com. $19.95 and the kids can bowl two games each weekday all summer long. Standard shoe rental is not included.

Changed the AC filter.

Made a batch of brownies for dessert.

Saved the aluminum foil used to cover brownies for the next time I make brownies.

Accomplishments:

Cleaned out my car and washed it.

Cleaned off the front porch and deadheaded rose bushes.

Goals:

~ Pay the IRS off in full next week.

~ Declutter master bedroom. 

~ Mow lawn and trim bushes.