Gratitude

“Gratitude matters.

A grateful heart is a contented heart. A contented heart is a simple heart. And a simple heart leads to a simplified life.

Gratitude opens the door to simplicity. A person who is grateful for the things they own will care for them, enjoy them, and waste less energy seeking more. They will experience fulfillment in the gifts they already possess rather than looking outside themselves for more.

But we live in a culture that preaches discontent. A consumer culture will always attack gratitude—if they can sow discontent in our lives, they can sell us their new product line or latest version with new improvements.

In contrast, those who can find gratitude in their current existence will be less influenced by those empty promises.”

Joshua Becker at  becomming minimalist

I am inspired to make more of an effort to recognize and record things I am grateful for in my life.

1. family

2. my furry babies

3. pretty good health

4. quiet time with the hubs

5. rainy days off from work

So Far So Good: Day 4 One Plate Challenge

photo (1)I took on the One Plate Challenge four days ago and I am still going strong. It has made a huge difference in the amount of dishes coming into the kitchen. I must admit that I was blaming my husband for the overabundance of dishes but I am partly majorly  to blame. I have a terrible habit of leaving dishes all over the house.

During this challenge I now find myself searching for my green bowl and my blue plate. It made me aware of how lazy I have been about taking care of my own dishes. I have a place  right next to the sink where I am putting my one plate, bowl, cup, and utensils. It is working out nicely, so far so good.

How are you doing with the One Plate Challenge?

 

UPDATE: I stink!! I only made it one week before time got the best of me and I was rushing to eat breakfast or hurrying to grab a lunch and I started grabbing plates and utensils from the cabinet. It is a great challenge and I will try it again sometime soon. Please let me know if you take on this challenge and if you are successful.

Linkey Wedensday Party

This Wednesday I am hosting a frugal living party. I will feature bloggers talking about simplicity and frugal living.

What do you think about living a simpler lifestyle?

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I starting counting my dishes. For 2 adults we have 12 dinner pates, 24 bowls, 30 forks, and 18 drinking glasses. Eek. That is just too much for 2 people.  I would like to try to use the same plate,  bowl,  glass, and fork/spoon/knife for a few weeks and see how much it cuts down on the great kitchen pileup. My husband  and I both work really long days so our days off are for catching up. We both let things, like the kitchen, go until we have a day off to get it back together. Anyone else willing to take the One Plate Challenge  along with me?  Let me know in the comments. Good luck and welcome to the party 🙂

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