Wednesday, September 22, 2010

sweet simplicity

simplicity
I don't know if this statement makes sense to anyone but me. However, it popped into my mind this weekend as I was thinking back to about 5 years ago when Edgar and I were both in school, living in an apartment on the 'wrong side of town', didn't have an extra dollar to spare, made a game out of eating everything in the kitchen cabinets before a return visit to the store and the weekend meant renting a video and splurging on some Ben & Jerry's.

Without a doubt, those days were some of our best.

In some ways life is very different now: we're in a house we love and we might have two dollars to spare :) However, making the decision to switch directions and follow my passion rather than the certainty of a regular paycheck has required us to cut back on some of the extras, or as I'm coming to realize, the distractions. Once again we're playing the food game (gumbo is a winner!) and oddly enough, once again, extra happiness is creeping in. It's strange and good, all rolled into one. I am home, present and thankful.

Have you had a similar experience? If so, I'd love to hear...

10 comments:

Tim said...

Great post, Suz. Really. You're spot on.

Sandra Salter said...

You are so right! ..I am going to say this to myself every day until it comes true!!!! (thanks for your nice comment by the way :)) xxx

TRACEY KAY said...

Wow, Suzanne if you only knew how many times Corey and i have played this game and the crap we have eaten, i remember being so broke the first semester we moved here we lived off raviolli. Oh, and i finally saw the goose this morning! This week its catholic school girl/brittany spears lookalike.

suzanne cabrera said...

Hahaha...too funny Tracey...on both the ravioli and the britney spears lookalike!

MoolyBee said...

Suzanne, your post struck a chord with me, too. When we moved here with my husband's job, we left two incomes and daycare behind, so I had to learn to do with less. Since then, I've learned to cook more interesting and healthier, made Christmas presents last year, and we play a lot of board games with the boys.

It's been a great move, because it's boiled down to what we really want, and not all the fluff.

RachelRenae said...

Wow, this statement resonated with me! We've made a lot of changes as well. The last year has seen me starting my own business as a writer, my husband Stephen being laid off from his job (and subsequently joining me in my business), and discovering together that we're pregnant. Life has never been simpler, and the budget never tighter, but we're happier than ever!

Stephen and I like to remind each other: life turns out the best for those that make the best of how things turn out.

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

Two years ago, my husband retired just as the recession hit. A couple months later I took a buyout from my very lovely regular paycheck and signed up to be a fulltime art student. Our income, too, has taken a hit. I'm working way differently than I used to, and wondering what kind of employment I'll get when I'm done with school.
Even with all the uncertainties, I wouldn't go back to the world we lived in before. It was nice then. This is nice now.

Priscilla said...

Yes...I understand. When my husband and I were first married and starting a family, we felt strongly that we wanted me to be able to stay at home with the children. We were given a good deal on renting part of a house out in the country. We did not get any television reception and due to our budget, we did not opt for cable. We had one car, but sometimes I gave my husband a ride into town to work so I could use it. The kids and I went to the library a lot, took walks, played old fashioned games like kids used to play...and we ate spaghetti quite a bit for dinner! Dinner actually could get pretty creative and delicious too! Once I created a stir fry sauce out of fermented peach syrup. It was amazing!

Sometimes I was stressed out because I didn't know how we would buy groceries. God always provided enough for us. Strangely, I really miss those days.

suzanne cabrera said...

Thank you ALL for sharing about your own journeys in simplicity. It's reassuring hearing your stories of reevaluation.

Jen said...

This is a great sentiment! My husband and I are working to simplify our life right now, so I can totally relate. Plus, we had so much fun as broke college students!