As per usual, our Christmas will be simple. I just can't have it any other way. Here is what it will look like...
Christmas not to exceed $100
Simple and delicious food
Little to no tv
Lots of music
Daily walks and yoga
In addition to this I'm planning on big changes for the new year and beyond. We have decided that we are going to do everything humanly possible to get our mortgage paid off asap. We got off track back in 2009 (story here) and now want to rededicate ourselves. This will require a great deal of discipline on my part but I feel the time is right. I'm lucky enough to live in a small home I love and that really needs nothing. I'm used to having a long list of things I want or think I need but currently I'm quite content. Hopefully, this feeling will become a way of life for me.
Our idea is to save as much as possible each month and apply that to our mortgage.
This means cutting back everywhere. Because I took my Trip of a Lifetime earlier this year it will be back to camping. That's ok with me though because I still believe there isn't a hotel in the world that can compare to a star filled desert sky with someone you love. I need no new or used clothing. As I already mentioned, the house needs nothing. There will be challenges I am sure and I hope to share them with you all right here. I will be looking for the most economical and beautiful solutions to daily living. The comment section of this blog is always full of great information and I'm looking forward to hearing about your tips, as I have much to learn.
So instead of waiting for January 1st to roll around, I'm starting now. My Christmas gifts are all purchased. They all came from yard sales and estate sales. Friends and neighbors will get something fresh from my kitchen. So really all that is left to do is to cultivate some stillness during this hectic time of year. Love to hear from you.