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Living a Good Lifestyle from the Little That We Have

Updated on June 13, 2013
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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.

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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!


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    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      How lovely tandem you have with your daughter, LongTimeMother. There truly is so much in a homemade bread that's worth cherishing; something we can't exactly define but we know exactly that we love. Your daughter surely was so proud of you baked those bread rolls her friends enjoyed. It's one experience she's going to pass to her own children, as well. Wow, so lovely. Perhaps the true power of anything from the home -love and mom's touch? I had so much cookie memories from my mother, too. Things that I very much love to this day :=)

      Thank you for sharing this to us. Many moms would love to do the same. Best wishes to you and your family. Lots and lots of love from my home. -Tonette

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      5 years ago from Australia

      Hi Tonipet,

      We live off the grid now and my family is enjoying a far different lifestyle to life in the city. I love baking my own bread, apple and rhubarb pies etc. My daughter says her friends love my bread so she takes a few extra home-baked bread rolls to school and shares them around. I regret not spending more time baking when my older kids were little, but it is so easy to just go to the store and overlook the enjoyment kids get out of having home-made treats.

      Voted up.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi there tiffany. The peak of my "I want this...I want that..." life was when I joined a civic club where in the middle of the road I had to decide whether to stay or not. Sometimes the people around us are what pulls us to reach the what seems beyond our capacity when truth is... life can be so simple and happy when lived within its limits. I admire you, counting your blessings means living in blessings which is the beginning of living a happy and content life.

      Thank you for reading and for the wonderful comment. I wish you all the best. Please drop by anytime. Best wishes!

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      tiffany delite 

      6 years ago from united states

      thank you so much for this hub...sometimes it is hard to be satisfied with what we have in today's want want want kind of society. i try to always count my just feels so much better than focusing on the "nots"...blessings!

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Peggy. There truly is nothing like the beautiful old times. What a beautiful story down memory lane. I'm sure you very much cherish those old kitchen items of your grandmother passed down to your mother then to you. I don't know how we have put so much value to these traditions, perhaps we're just among the lucky people to have seen not just things of long ago but how the memories complete us to this day. Even today, seeing people using clothesline for drying clothes in the sun and wind is an epitome of true wonder and I can say like us, many people would agree that there is something in this laundry stuff that simply brings joy.

      I've read your hub on those good old days of growing up in the 1950's. You only got a decade earlier, lol. Thanks so much for sharing and for linking Peggy. I really appreciate. Wish you best of everything:=)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have condensed the secret of how to live a fulfilled and happy life into this hub and it need not cost a lot of money. Family traditions and memories are what warm us most and it is not material possessions that make us happy. Like you, I still have many old kitchen items that belonged to not only my parents, but grandparents as well. I wrote a hub about the good old days of growing up in the 1950's and truly cherish those wholesome memories. Like you, we never wasted leftovers but turned them into more meals. My mother also had the old wringer washing machine in the basement and clotheslines. Thanks for including the Old Fashioned Heritage Cookie link in your hub. Think I'll add a link of this hub to my 1950's hub. Also many up votes and sharing.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Awesome of you Robert. One thing we'll go through in the quest is how hard it is begin a simple life, but nonetheless all worth realizing. To me, its the fun there is to it :=). Take care!

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      Robert Erich 

      6 years ago from California

      This is an excellent article! I have certainly felt that I need to work hard to live a simpler life as well. I agree that it should be freeing and create more happiness. Thoughtful hub. Voted up and shared!

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Carrie - that is a lovely comment. I never have imagined my hub could be so touching. I'm proud I have shared this here with the hopes that we all would look back and around to see those little things responsible for what is beautiful. Thank you for stopping. Cheers and blessings!

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      really your hub touch heart....even a comman human being must know how to live life to the fullest with the limited things and enjoy each moment...

      we all should try to live in limited things with joy

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      That was very insightful, thank you Sandy. Freeing ourselves from what the world calls extra desires begins from just a small desire of something more which only oftentimes leads to frustration. I agree with you, the solution is to be happy with what we have and then move further for more... and if we are content with how we have gone further, we can even use that achievement to reach what may sound beyond in a more sensible way. If it's too early for something big, we still have the option to wait. Perhaps the power of waiting. The lessons I've learned from appreciating the small things around me is the possibility of making something sensibly big out of it.

      It's a great thing having you leave such a wonderful comment. THANKYOU! Cute baby you have there. Best regards to you and your family.

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      Sandy Frost 

      6 years ago from India

      Really, we use to seek out for those luxuries which we don't have and then, we end up with more and more desires and frustrations. After that, when we give our lives a damn for not fulfilling such desires, we ignore such greeds are actually playing their roles within our minds as a responsible part of these frustrations which we are complaining to our lives. Solution is to be happy with what we have and then move further for more but what happens in actual is turning up from what we have and running behind a lot more which even may be difficult to swallow or consume. :)

      Well, thanks for sharing this marvellous and thought-provoking hub. It gives an essential lesson.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Very nice of you Audrey, thank you so much. Having a wonderful family with mom's fudge and dad's genuine fruit salad along with the joy of singing made you among the richest, truly!

      Now I know why you have such a diamond, heart, mind and spirit. Cherishing your family stories is joy one could ever possess. Thank you for your inspiring comment. I'm so happy you made me realize that I can also spark, even that little. So happy to meet you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Such a beautiful reminder of what is truly important in living a good lifestyle. I came from a very poor family, but the things I cherish most are the stories we were told, my mother's fudge and my father's fruit salad and the singing we shared.

      I appreciate your comment, "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."

      Perfectly said. You are an asset to Hubpages. Voted up and across.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Gail howdy! I liked that thought of your mom using an old ringer type washer and hanging clothes in a clothes line. For a moment it journeyed me back and touched my heart. I don't know what was with life before that I too really loved so much.

      I can feel how you have appreciated those sweet goods prepared for you from what was available. Thank you Gail, you have no idea how you've made my heart smile with your comment. You truly got a fabulous life from little things that mean a lot.

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      6 years ago from Portland, ME

      Great Hub, growing up the youngest of 7, I know about doing with what you have. I saw my mom make the best of what she had available. A little confection sugar, cocoa and some milk or water, made a great frosting to put between graham crackers to quell a sweet tooth. She used an old ringer type washer and hung her clothes in a clothes line. As I think back I loved that simple country living as a child.I do not remember it as a hard time even though now that I am an adult I realize it was difficult for my parents at times. I remember good times around the table, always at dinner time, all of us sitting down to watch the Lucille Ball show, The memories are all great and I too am striving for that simple life, material things mean very little to me. But my life is fabulous.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Lucky this hub to provide for such life-giving take away. Thank you Dee. I think from these areas that you get the sources of all successes. I'm happy to know we have one BIG thing in common, serving for a non-profit organization. Thank you for the vote, following you and your ideas. Cheers!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Here is my take away from this wonderfully beautiful hub. Being grateful for the little things, for what we have, not begruding anyone else for what they have...opens the heart to recieve more joy, love, peace...

      Voted this up, beautiful and awesome.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Chamilj - the giving time to silence is one of the things I learned from a Buddhist lifestyle. My sister has practiced meditation and deep breathing which she also learned from a Buddhist friend. Thanks for stopping by and the thoughts of sharing, thanks for the vote too! Keep up and take care.

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      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      As a Buddhist I know the importance of living a simple life. Absolutely encouraging hub!

      Voted up and and shared.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh, thank you for stopping creatively. Perhaps if we all strive to live the way our folks have lived life before, there's going to be less stress in the world. Let's hope for that. So nice to have shared that little that we had. Cheers and take care.

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      6 years ago from Maine

      I like this a lot. Living a simple life is stress free life, making for happier and healthy people. We All have so much to be thankful for! Wonderful and encouraging hub!

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Those people living with simple lives usually and oftentimes reach what sounds unreachable because they don't think and decide in rush. Little things truly mean a lot and if we make good differences in life, this world is sure to be a better place for our children. Thank you for your thoughts prettydarkhorse.

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      6 years ago from US

      Very nice hub. Simple living is good, you just have to savor it. Most of the times those who have simple lifestyles encounter little problems in their life because they have simple expectations.

      Beautiful hub!

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Happyboomer, thank you for your wonderful thoughts. I like what you said that time spent with loved ones and passing down of family values are most meaningful.

      When we find this importance in our hearts, it's invaluable. Thanks for giving me another line of votes! You're awesome. Cheers!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      I loved this wise and practical hub and the colorful photos that you used to illustrate it.

      I agree with everything you said, most especially, "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."

      That sounds simple but in today's hectic, high tech world focused on consumerism, not many actually take time to enjoy and be grateful for what they already have.

      Thanks for this beautiful reminder that it's the little things in life that are often the most meaningful- like time spent with loved ones and the passing down of family values.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hello Annie! How wonderful of you, thank you for reading. I always take pride for all things learned from Mom, including her kitchenware :-). Less is defiantly best and its the source of simple living. Thank you for that too. Maybe if the world starts to work on sustainable things other than for anything commercial, everything on earth will go back to living in harmony.

      Thank you for sharing and the vote Annie, I'm glad you found the hub wise and enjoyable. Blessings your way and more power!

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Your hubs says it all Tonipet:

      "Thanks to those little things that gave us a good lifestyle. They truly mean a lot"

      I can feel your pride in still using and cherishing the utensils your mother used. We get so caught up in consumerism and spend money on things we don't even need. Less is defiantly best. I love your attitude. Simple living creates happiness, thank you so much for this enjoyable and wise hub. Voting and SHARING!!


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