I chose to also focus this blog on the "thrifty" side for two reasons: first, I am not rich, at least not monetarily speaking, nor have I ever been rich, so I happen to have some experience with being thrifty. Really, it's all I've ever known, and I have seen others in my position who, rather than focus on what they do have, complain about what they don't have, and either mope around because they fail to see the beauty around them or they go into unnecessary debt thinking that they have to buy beauty rather than realizing that they can create it on their own. Those kinds of attitudes sadden me, and I just want to shout out to the world: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE RICH TO BE HAPPY!
Your first assignment, O ye readers out there in cyberspace, is to find something beautiful in your world. Take note of what you see, anything beautiful, and stop for a moment to take in the moment. Then write it down, take a picture, send me a note- show your appreciation for the beauty and bring it into your life.
Here's one to get you started- I visiting my mom recently, and she has a big white soaking tub in the western corner of her bathroom, and the sun was just beginning to set as I was giving my children their evening bath in the tub. The sunlight came through the windows in such a way that it reflected off the white in the tub and the white bubbles, and the light was just perfect. I recognized the rare beauty of the moment and I grabbed a camera. The cost of this beauty? A moment of my time, a moment of grateful awareness. Meet my beautiful children... :-)