A couple months ago while I was getting settled into an evening of relaxing, my son runs into my office.
In the breathless whisper he uses when he knows his brother is asleep, he says, “Hurry, hurry. Come see the hummingbird moth outside.”
I reluctantly pull myself out of my comfy chair and find him and my husband outside staring into one of our Lantana plants.
Withawe in his eyes, he points to the moth and says, “Look!”
Hovering above the flowers was a tiny hummingbird moth enjoying nectar from the flowers. It was a rare sight indeed, and if it weren’t for my son, I would have missed it.
I realized my son was learning to live in the moment. And the next words out of his mouth were not that of an 8-year-old.
He matter-of-factly stated to my husband, “See, if we would’ve been playing Xbox inside, we would’ve missed this.”
I think our jaws hit the floor. He was exactly right.
As a family, we’ve been striving to live simply and in the present. But in this moment, he was teaching us.
We by no means have it all figured out, but through trial and error, we’ve come to establish small changes that pack a big punch with creating a simple life.
Life is still busy, but we consciously make the time to slow down and live in the present.
1. CREATE A BUDGET
Money tends to be one of the number one stressors between partners, so it’s a great place to start your simple life. The foundation for creating a budget is to track your expenses and make sure you aren’t spending more than you make. Pretty simple, right?
You write down all expenses you have that occur every month. Create a set dollar amount for other more fluid expenses like food, gas, and other less often expenses. Make sure you track where every penny gets spent or you’ll have a hard time sticking to a budget.
I wrote a whole post about how our family budgets and the app we use to make it super easy.