Saturday, April 12, 2008

A Good Life

What constitutes a good life? I think it starts by having a good attitude and being content with what you have. You're not trying to keep up with the Joneses because life consists of more than acquiring material goods. After all, you can't take it with you...

A good life is made by living within your means - whether that be little or much. If you're on the little end, you'll have to be more creative and resourceful than those who have more money to spare, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Instead of rushing out to buy the latest fashions, you can create your own unique look for a fraction of the cost. By shopping at consignment or thrift stores you can still find name-brand clothing. Why pay retail price when you can get it for so much less?

We all want to be beautiful, but does beauty have to come at a high price? You can do your own beauty treatments at home - from coloring your hair to facials to manicures and pedicures. You can concoct your own beauty potions to use or purchase inexpensive products at dollar stores. Turn your bathroom into a home spa and relax in the privacy of your own home.

With grocery prices increasing, in part to rising fuel costs, it is wise to look at ways to save money on food. Do more cooking and baking from scratch using basic foods and baking supplies. Not only is it healthier for you, but it is more filling. Plus you get the satisfaction of having prepared a delicious meal or dessert with your own two hands.

This is as much a reminder for myself as for anyone else. A good life doesn't mean a life of poverty devoid of beauty. It's all about making choices about what you value most in life and, in turn, making the most of it.

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