Finding Joy Right on the Path

forest_pathI am looking forward to a very rainy weekend as we have plans today to drive to the Oregon Coast. It’s just a day to get away and experience the storms coming in on the shores of the West Coast. Maybe a little shopping for clothing we desperately need and maybe even a little gambling at the Native American Casino. We will find a fine restaurant for a romantic dinner and drinks and head back to the hotel to sit on the balcony and listen to the surf.

Living a minimalist lifestyle we should never avoid the opportunities to experience the world around us. By reducing our expenses we leave room and money available to be able to afford the simple joys in life. This is where too many people get caught up in the money aspect of simple living. It is possible to stay on a path of savings and debt reduction to where it becomes the path itself without paying much attention to the signs along the way that provide us with reasons for being minimalist. It’s all about living a more simple life, not becoming wealthy. Wealth in itself is not bad, however when we lose sight of the reasons for working so hard to reach it we never get to enjoy it.

I believe that it is more important to enjoy your life while on the path. Of course this doesn’t mean that we book a vacation that we can’t afford, but there are so many small opportunities to experience the world in our own back yards that we miss if we are not careful. How many times have we set out on an expensive vacation only to find stress? What do you have in your own back yard that you have experienced or desire to experience? Plan it and set out to do it. Life is short and no one ever wants to look back and say I should of.

Blood Sugar- 87, Weight- 185.6

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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11 Responses to Finding Joy Right on the Path

  1. suzewannabe says:

    Seems like a wonderful plan for the day. It’s beautiful and rainy today in Houston as well. We have a new park at the corner and the neighborhood loves it. A “midtown” sign for people to play on and photograph, 3 big thinking vanishing pools and separate dog park make it feel like home. The next blustery day, I’m going to take my microkite there.

  2. Mr TGTBT says:

    Getting out and experiencing the storms …. Simple pleasures, but pleasures nonetheless. Enjoy ☺

  3. New Journey says:

    Enjoy the rain…..It going to be in the low 80’s here….Happy Samhain…..

  4. mandy says:

    Just had to tweet this post. Not just because I think other people would enjoy it but because I want to be able to refer back to it. I remember those stressful vacations–and they were all stressful, especially after you come home and have to pay off the credit card bill! I went to the minimalist lifestyle some years ago, but I forget that it’s okay to spend a little sometimes and still keep it simple. Thanks for this wonderful reminder. Hope you have a terrific weekend!

  5. Terri says:

    Very good point about not passing by the opportunities to experience wonderful things like you mentioned. I have a tendency to obsess sometimes over the “debt reduction” problem, but I also always try to get out and see the beauty of the national parks and trails around me.

  6. James says:

    Fabulous blood sugar. Good work, Bill.

  7. Simplifi(ed) Life says:


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