The following is a guest post by Emily of Remodeling This Life.
I have written before about Staying True To Yourself. At the time that I wrote that post, it was about how it can sometimes be a challenge to be who you are in the face of criticism. But the concept of being different and willing to be true to yourself extends to so much more in life.
A willingness to be different by being who I am as an individual has been key to living simply. For me, it has helped me let go of any inclination to do what others do — which could cost me more in terms of money, time, and sanity.
One of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I have done in my life has been to accept that I can live no one else’s life but my own. I have to live my life by staying true to my heart, my budget, my time, and my family’s needs. Once I embraced that, it made it easier for me to say no when others wanted me to say yes. It made it easier for me to only spend what I have, on things that I need or love.
Having the confidence to live like no one else but me has helped me keep on my path of simplicity and frugality. Making the most of what I have instead of extending myself beyond my means makes for a simple life. I don’t spend time, money, energy or resources that are beyond me.
Isn’t that what simplicity is all about? Staying true to who you are – living with what you have and making the most of it?
Emily blogs at Remodeling This Life about living simply, frugally and fabulously, all a part of her family’s downsizing journey.
She’s a stay at home mom to two who enjoys writing, running and all things home and family.