Simplify – to reduce to basic essentials!
“Easier said than done”
When Brad and I decided we wanted to simplify our lives, we decided we would move to our country property, The Ponds. We decided we wanted a debt free lifestyle so
we would downsize to a smaller home! Yes!
All of this sounded great! We put our home on the market and waited. Once it finally sold, we started the process of getting rid of everything but our basic essentials. I get very attached to things that I’ve rescued over the years. With that being said, I find a lot of things essential. LOL, but that’s another story for another time.
Where was I? Oh, yes, we did sell a lot of stuff and donated what was left over.
Fast forward – we decide we would build a farmhouse since The Ponds are surrounded by pastures full of cows. I’ve always wanted a White Farmhouse to remodel, however the property didn’t come with one. I began to look for house plans and fell in love with an industrial style farmhouse. So I began searching for plans and when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, I began drawing my own plan. Below is the result of many hours on Instagram and Pinterest. Many hours watching Fixer Upper and many broken pencils and lots of graph paper. I’ll share my exact process on a future blog post.
Finally, we move into the house with these grand plans to keep the house very basic and simple!
Another description of Simple Living is minimalism, refraining from Luxury and Indulgence!
Then I start to decorate and guess what? I decide that I need more essentials! So I begin to hunt at barn sales, vintage shops and thrift stores. I start painting again. So much inspiration here in the country. The cows, the churches, etc. Although this sounds the opposite of simplifying, I can’t apologize for wanting to do this. It’s what I love doing!
Plus, we keep adding on to the outside of the property. As you know, one thing leads to another. So many more projects and more stuff. We wanted to create a place for our family and friends to gather.
We love entertaining so this space is more about bringing people together, rather than for our own personal enjoyment.
You’re probably saying “What the heck does this have to do with living a simple life?”
I would say that we are not truly ready for retirement. Our minds are so activate and there is so much we want to accomplish. I should say, that I want us to accomplish. My husband always comes around when I plot a new idea, although it may take a little persuasion.
We are both fortunate to be healthy (as far as we know!) and it’s not time for us to sit down yet. We need projects and goals to keep us feeling young! At least that’s what I keep telling my husband! LOL
But seriously, I saw what retirement did to my in-laws. They basically stopped and the combination of sitting down and poor health choices, ended their lives way to early.
On the other hand, my parents lived a very long and healthy life. My dad was working hard the day he decided he needed to have that abdominal Herrera checked out. He lived to be 86. My mom, as a lot of you know, passed away this past August at 98. This was the first year she didn’t have a garden and several jars of green beans stored away for the winter. The first year she didn’t get to share her watermelons and cantaloupes with her neighbors and family. She lived by herself until 3 weeks before she died. What a blessed life she had and we were so blessed to have her with us all these years.
I’m only sharing this with you to share my thoughts on simplifying. I’ve not lived the lifestyle my parents lived. I’ve been exposed to more stress and definitely a less healthy diet. One lesson I can try to follow, as I get older, is to stay interested in life. To keep having goals and projects.
So our goal to simplify isn’t the textbook definition. It’s not exactly as we planned or thought it would be.
However, I will say we have never been happier! We actually thrive on our “to do” list.
Although most people our ages are thinking about a townhouse, with no up keep and no worries, we decided to bring 30 acres back to its former glory!
Another aspect of living a simple life is quality of life, health and quality time.
We are not actually retirement age (yet), but we didn’t want to be in debt at 65. We wanted to start enjoying our time at home and have less stress. We also hope to travel more.
I love vintage finds and bringing old things back to life. That’s what we are doing here at The Ponds! This property is a part of my heritage and although my dad is no longer with us, I’d like to think he’s happy with the work we’ve done here.
Although we may not be ready for the true meaning of “simple life”, I feel we have accomplished a lot of our goals. 1. To be debt free. 2. To enjoy the moments. 3. Have less stress. Most of all, we sure are enjoying this season of our lives.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope my messages will inspire you in some subtle way. I look forward to sharing more about our “Simple life” here at the Ponds and more of my crazy ideas. Please leave me a message if you have any thoughts on living a simple life! I love seeing your questions as well.