A Simple Life: What It Means To Me

Life comes at us fast. Things change in the blink of an eye. Just when we think we have it together…BAM! Something else happens. That certainly is not my idea of a simple life.

50 years on this earth have taught me many lessons. But the one thing I have most recently achieved the most clarity with is that I want, no, I NEED… a simple life.

This post is part of a collaboration of homesteading, self-reliant, and simple life bloggers called the Plain and Simple Living Giveaway! See below this post for information on how to enter the giveaway and win some cool products!

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What is a Simple Life?

Everyone has their own ideas of what a simple life means to them. For some it is about having no stress, job security, and financial stability.

For some, it is about peace and quiet and solitude and freedom.Regardless of what it means to you, there are no wrong answers.

My Idea of a Simple Life

To me, a simple life means being able to do what I want to do and when and if I want to do it. It is about taking the time to smell the flowers or to enjoy a good book.

A simple life, for me includes no major stress, the freedom to travel, and the freedom to just take a day off. It means not relying on grocery stores nor the government for my everyday needs.

It is about enjoying every day and having gratitude towards all I have achieved. You can read about a review I did for the gratitude journal I use.

How To Obtain A Simple Life

Anyone can obtain a simple life. But there are some steps to take to make the process easier. By taking the suggestions below and really spending time thinking about each one, a simple life can be just around the corner.

Decide Your Priorities

Think about what matters to you most. Is it money, family, career, the ability to travel? What are your priorities that need fulfilled to have a simple life?

Take the steps necessary to attain these things. If having a happy family is a priority then think of ways you can make that happen. Maybe you can schedule family outings, or quarterly vacations.

Make a Life Plan

On my other site AnnieLewellyn.com I have an entire post (with a cool freebie) about Developing a Life Plan. In it, you will learn how to list the various areas of your life and how to set some simple goals in each one to develop a plan that is customized to your and your lifestyle.

I also have a book on Amazon called Be The Boss of Your Time and Your Life. It walks you through, step by step, on how to obtain the life you desire and deserve. There is also a companion book on the shop page of my other site that will allow you a workbook to physically write everything down in an orderly way to refer back to later on.

Keep Your Focus

Once you decide what is most important in your life, how to make a plan to achieve your simple life, and are on your way to success there is still one more important step, keeping your focus. The best plans, the best set of goals, and the best action steps won’t work unless you stay focused on the end result.

Find your motivation. Make a vision board of your ideal simple life and hang it on the wall to remind yourself of what you are working for. Find ways to stay motivated.

Find a friend or family member to talk to about what you are trying to achieve. When you need inspiration or motivation ask them for tips and suggestions so you stay focused.

Are you looking to achieve a simple life? You may want to read these suggestions first so you can have that lifestyle you always wanted!

A Plain and Simple Life Giveaway

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Let’s celebrate a simple life (and Oak Hill Homestead’s 14th blog birthday).

Giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 and over. 

Giveaway Rules:

A random winner will be chosen by Giveaway Tools. The winner will be contacted by email using the address they gave in the entry form and has 48 hours to reply with their mailing address. If the winner does not reply within the specified time, an alternate winner will be chosen and contacted by email. Prizes will be mailed separately by the sponsors to the winner’s mailing address.

A Simple Living Package of Prizes:

Selection of Farmhouse Tea from Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Tea supplies

Gathering Apron from Yours Truly at 15 Acre Homestead.

Gathering Apron
Gather your eggs in style! Apron is machine washable, made from tan canvas and multi-color cotton, and has ribbon strings for tying. Holds 10 eggs.

T-shirt from Annie at 15 Acre Homestead.

Gardening Tshirt
“Introverted but willing to discuss gardening” is printed on a white 100% cotton t-shirt.

Paperback copy of “The Farm Wife, Living a Simple Life on the Farm” from Julie at The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife Living a Simple Life on the Farm

Hand-crocheted potholders from Shawna at Homegrown Self Reliance

Hand Crocheted Pot Holders

Paperback copy of “Beekeeping for Beginners” from Amber at My Homestead Life

Beginners Beekeeping

Prairie Clothespin Pouch from Julie at Prairie Passions

Prairie Clothespin Pouch

Pack of Swedish Dishcloths from Swedish Dishcloths

Swedish Dishcloths

Enter above for your chance to win all of the prizes above! Good luck!

Please stop by the other bloggers that are a part of the Plain and Simple Living Giveaway and share the love!

Julie at The Farm Wife

Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

Shawna at Homegrown Self Reliance


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      I use the normal unflavored gelatin in the grocery store. Same as the small Jello gelatin box. Just don’t use the large box.

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