Living a Good Lifestyle from the Little That We Have
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be brought up around baked goods. With a mother who bakes and sells pastries, I learned to love that lifestyle all through the years.
Its amazing how she would make things beautiful from the little that she had in her small holiday bakeshop. Mom would always clear her baking pantry down to what's essential.
I have learned and enjoyed eating leftover muffins, jelly roll, to a day old custard and cheesecakes. My mother was a pudding fan. So you can imagine how pudding became a real comfort food present almost every day.
Having all these decadent baked goods in a snap of a finger was not something ordinary, but at some point had been for us. All that came from those little that we've had, and I saw that as the exact type of life I wanted.
It is Simple
A good lifestyle is simple. However, simple living today is a big challenge. I'm not sure if I live a simple life, all I know is I try to make some progress to achieve it! My interest in simple living is about caring for what's basic and living within my means. What makes me uncertain is the fact that my life is more in touch with my quite "busy" everyday life.
It is Free
A good lifestyle is freedom because it doesn't crave for more. Even if you keep adding new things in your home or wardrobe (if you can afford), when you do that for a need, a tremendous feeling of having enough can dwell within you.
Freedom from what we call status quo whereby anything you do seems never good and right enough, is getting a good lifestyle. It is freedom from pushing yourself beyond your limits and freedom from social things that you think do not add any value nor meaning to your life but you need to follow.
In other words, no matter how less or little you have and do, the more you feel free. It is living less but only with the best, and it's what everyone always wanted in life.
It Makes You Do Things Happily
I love colors and have been collecting photos of colorful things while in grade school. I also draw my own comics and paper dolls! I've been told I'm good, but you know how friends and family can be when it comes to honest criticism. I didn't bother if I was really good I continued doing the little skill I enjoy.
The first time I organized for charity was very challenging. Even though what I could afford was much smaller than what I had in mind, the hesitance did not stop my friends and me from making a little thing into something worth realizing.
We had just as much fun in every humble event discovering potentials and encouraging the value of giving and helping. I'm not saying everything went perfect, HEADACHE was a big part of it, but this is one example of how little things can make something big, and that we don't need to have the best, the most expensive things and bank accounts to get a good life style.
Enjoying the Little That You Have
To enjoy life, you have to enjoy what you have. You may not have everything you want; but you sure have some things worth enjoying. If you take some time to really focus on the little things around you, you would be grateful for what you have.
Don't throw away leftovers, you can cook good food from scratch, it's healthier. A glass of red wine can make dinner very gratifying that's even good for the heart. A cheap but good-fitting pair of jeans can make you look stunning saving you money from buying designer items. When dining out, don't pity yourself having the least kind of meal that you can afford in the middle of sophisticated diners. You will amaze everyone by the way you treat your meal with grace.
Even playing and giggling with your kids is a perfect family bonding bringing you all closer, many couples don't have kids. Your kids are the best that you have!
It's fun we still use mother's mixing bowls, baking pans, her little supply of decorator sets and cookie cutters. Dad's homemade wire whisk still whips and forms peaks faster than electric beaters. My little arms can beat your beaters! These baking tools are very old yet are still useful giving us the same wonderful baked goods we used to have. We will never take these little things for granted.
Many things sound so ordinary, but if you focus on enjoying them, no matter how little they are to you, these stuffs could be essentials that can give a good and inexpensive lifestyle. Thanks to those little things that gave us a good lifestyle. They truly meant a lot!
Beautiful Old-Fashioned Baked Goods Stories
- The Never-Ending Story of a Traditional Cookie - A Reason to Smile
How Mom's baked goods continue to bring her to us to this day.
- Old Fashioned Heritage Cookie ~ Rolled Cookies with Dates and Nuts
Delicious vintage recipe from my grandma, rolled in pinwheel fashion.