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Monday, June 22, 2015

Learning to be content

I planned on sharing a craft closet update with you today, but sometimes I just like to talk and today is one of those days.  I promise to share a quick and inexpensive organizing update on Wednesday.

On my way home from work Friday evening I passed a church sign that read, "Be content with what you have."  Immediately, thoughts starting running through my head.  Why is it so hard to be content?  Why do we feel the need to impress others?  Why is it so hard to appreciate what you have?  Why do we compare ourselves to others?  Why do we always want more? What does it really mean to be content?

When my husband and I moved into our home 8 years ago I never thought it would be our forever home.  We (okay, I) had a 5 year plan to move to a larger home.  I was only 23 when we purchased our home and I just never imagined it would be in our plans to stay here forever.   It was only a two bedroom house and I couldn't imagine raising a family in such a small house.  I would see friends buying larger homes and wanted what they had.  I wanted room to grow, I wanted room to have friends and family over without feeling cramped.  I believed that living in a larger home would somehow make me happier, more content.

Fast forward a few years and as I got older and my family grew, so did I.  My priorities changed from wanting more to being able to provide a stable future for my kids.  No longer do we think about moving and instead opt to make our home the best it can be.  Sure I still struggle with being content, but I can finally appreciate what we have, what my husband and I work so hard for.  We don't go to work everyday to have a larger home and pay a crazy expensive mortgage, we go to work to save and provide a future for ourselves and our children.  I won't lie, it's still a little hard when my kids come home from their friends houses and gush about what they have that we don't.  Or when they ask if we can move because our house is too small.   It actually makes me sad that my kids feel they need more.  I want them to learn that having more does not always mean being happier.  That there will always be people who have far more, but there will also be many who have far less.  I want them to work hard and appreciate what they have.  To understand that it is more important to be financially secure and save for their future than live for today.

Don't get me wrong, occasionally I still have the urge to want more, but I quickly bring myself back to reality and realize what I have is all that I need.  I stick to a strict budget not because I have to, but because I want to. Being content does not mean you have to have the best.  It means being satisfied, grateful and fortunate for what you do have.  I am not living my life to impress, I'm living my life to be happy.


  1. Great post Katie, I love your heart!!

  2. I love this and can totally relate! We built our first home in 1997 and I thought we would live here for about 5 years then move into something bigger. Well, it's 2015 and we're still in the same house! I can't imagine living anywhere else!

    You made the right choice for you and your family so that's all that matters! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    By the way, I LOVE your blog and your house is beautiful! I just took your house tour and every room is amazing!

    1. You are too kind! Thank you so much for stopping by and making me smile :)