Friday, October 11, 2013

Simplicity

One of my biggest struggles is trying to live a simple life. You know the term "the grass is always greener?" I think that term comes into play even more now that we are all connected in some way or another to social media. Comparison is all around us. It's so easy to want what others have when everyone just shows "the best" in their lives. It's easy to get caught up in that and always want the latest and greatest. 

One of my favorite quotes is- "Comparison is the thief of joy."  It's so true! I find that while I'm scrolling through Instagram, so often I find myself lusting after what others have and comparing myself to them. Their clothes are nicer. Their food looks better. They are taking care of their kids better than I am. They go on more trips than I do. They have the newest trends and gadgets and I don't. They decorate their house better than me. On and on and on. It's a terrible snowball effect. 

So I've been trying to live a more simple life. Instead of buying myself something new online every single day (yes, I really did used to shop that much), I haven't purchased a single clothing item for myself in two months. Big whoop some of you might say, but for me, that's a lot. Instead of using my new upgrade for the iPhone 5s, I am saving it and being content with my older model iPhone. It may sound stupid, but it's a start. I'm sure I will buy myself some winter clothes once it actually starts cooling down but until now, I am learning to be content. And it's actually been way easier than I thought. 

I'm staying busy, using my funds to decorate our house instead, and taking James to do small, simple things each day. Now that we have this big house, I find the only things I want to spend money on are house items. And those will last us much longer than items I used to spend all my money on!

We've been going to the park a lot and going on long walks often. I love being outdoors. I love talking James to the playground and seeing him so happy. It's a reminder to live life simply, take one day at a time, and focus on my son. My family and my savior are all I really need and living simply will follow. 

So here are some photos of my sweet boy whooping it up at the playground. His pure joy reminds me to live better each day and reminds me that everything materialistic will fade away. But my love for him is forever. Just like Christs love for us is forever. 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." 









Outfit Details- 

Tank- American Apparel

Jeans- H&M

Moccs- C/O Freshly Picked 

2 comments:

  1. "It's so easy to want what others have when everyone just shows "the best" in their lives." Girl, I could not agree with this more! I feel like I'm constantly jealous of other people because of what I see online, but we have to remind ourselves that most often people are only showing the shiny, pretty parts of their lives, and that the rest might not be all that great. I LOVE experiencing YOUR life through your blog though, and it always makes me smile reading about your and James' adventures. :-) Have a good weekend!

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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    1. Seriously thank you for this! Love this comment

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