At the beginning of each year, I promise myself I am going to read more. I love to read, but I do a poor job of making time for it. For a while, I was in the habit of reading for 20 minutes each night before I went to sleep. Making it part of my nighttime routine helped me to be sure I got some reading time in each day. But then I fell out of the habit and have not been reading as much as I’d like. So here I am, at the beginning of a new year promising myself I’ll read more.
I am so excited to have Colleen, blogger at Slow Simple Life, as a guest today. She is doing something many would find unimaginable. She is having a baby AND moving into a tiny house, pretty much at the same time. Colleen is going to share how she downsized in preparation for this change.
Making Room for Baby: How to Downsize While Expecting
At the end of this year, I’ll be attempting to combine two seemingly incompatible things: a new baby and living in a tiny house.
The baby is due at the beginning of November; the tiny house is due a month later, and joining me and the baby will be my 10-year-old daughter, our black lab and our cat. My partner, who lives in another town with his son, will join us when he can. It’s going to be a very full tiny house.
Having these two major life changes come together at the same time has brought up an interesting situation: how do you downsize when you’re going to have a new baby? Babies come with all kinds of specialized equipment, don’t they?
The answers to those two questions are 1. very deliberately, and 2. Yes. Yes they do.
You know, that tiny little indulgence that you love but feel embarrassed about? The one you feel that little twinge of guilt over? What if you stopped beating yourself up about it? What would happen to your overall level of happiness?
During my year of focusing on contentment, I decided I was no longer going to feel guilty for things that make me happy. I mean, truly make me happy. It’s important to distinguish from things that feel good in the moment but, in reality, drain your happiness. But a lot of times, little guilty pleasures are relatively harmless when indulged in only occasionally.
Giving up my guilt over these four small indulgences has been liberating. It frees up space in my brain and heart for healthier and more important thoughts and emotions.
Can I make a confession? I love junk food. There, I said it. I love chips and cookies and crackers. I love pizza and french fries and tacos. I’m a real junk-food-junkie. Eating well is not easy for me.
I’ve tried hard to develop healthy eating habits over the years. It’s just not something that comes naturally to me, no matter how badly I want to be healthy. Luckily, I’ve figured out some simple ways to make eating healthfully easier, even when it feels really really hard.
Make no mistake, though. There is no silver bullet for those junk food cravings. It’s still a challenge for me, even when I’m at my best. But these little tricks do help make it easier for me, and I hope they’ll help you too.
I’m over at Tickling the Wheat today, sharing my 5 Simple Solutions for When Eating Well Gets Hard. Head on over to read them and let me know if they are helpful to you!
I’m so happy to have my blogging friend, Alison, as a guest today. She writes over at Tickling the Wheat and has some awesome posts on personal finance and budgeting. She has a very intentional approach to budgeting that actually helps you accomplish your goals. And since part of my 2016:Year of Intention is to be more intentional with our family budget, I thought I’d ask Alison share her method for starting a budget!
When you think about budgeting, do you get a little pit in your stomach? Maybe you know you need to start a budget, but the thought of restricting your spending (no more dining out?!?) fills you with dread. Or, maybe your spending isn’t the problem. Instead, you have an overwhelming amount of bills that you need to pay and your finances are stretched too thin.