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Quote of the Day: Shauna Niequist

February 9th, 2017

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.”

-Shauna Niequiest in Cold Tangerines

I’ve been thinking about this over the past few years, settling in to notice the beauty in every day moments. Washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, fixing dinner, weeding the garden…

So often we assume that the good moments can’t coincide with chores or the mundane, when in fact, these moments can be the very thing we crave. It definitely takes a deliberate mindset to cultivate this gratitude and appreciation for the mundane. For me, slowing down to wash the dishes is one of those moments. It makes me stop and appreciate the landscape outside my window, the dishes in my cupboard, the clean water from the tap, and the food on my table.

What mundane item do you find the most beauty in?

Quote of the Day: Duane Elgin

December 23rd, 2012

“Our life experience is based more on our individual level of awareness than on any particular external experience. Our enjoyment of life is profoundly enhanced by the knowledge that we don’t need much in order to be happy. By consciously adopting a simple lifestyle, we give ourselves the opportunity the be satisfied and happy, whether or not we strike it rich or not.”

Mother Earth News, in article about Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

Yesterday, as I baked and cleaned in preparation for Christmas and I thought about what I really love. Cooking is one of those things. I was planning on having a really nice dinner for just Mr Chiots and I, but then we decided to invite our neighbor who’s a widower. Since his daughter lives in London and the rest of his family lived in the Midwest, we figured he might enjoy some company on Christmas. Then my parents decided to come for a few days and now it looks like we’ll have a full house on Christmas day. It’s a good thing since I got a 10lb standing rib roast at the farmer’s market.
roasted root vegetables
There’s nothing I love more than spending the day in the kitchen making a wonderful meal, then sitting down with friends and family to enjoy it. Cooking is really one of the simple pleasures in my life and one of my favorite things about the holiday season! Whether I’m cooking an expensive rib roast or simply making soup from a few bones, I’m happy in my kitchen!

What are some of the simple pleasures you enjoy during the holidays?

Quote of the Day: Melissa Coleman

July 1st, 2012

The pulse of material needs began to slacken. The less they satisfied the urge to buy things, the more the craving – as with sugar, carbohydrates, and alcohol – began to wane. The drugs of the modern world were only a mirage of need easily forgotten in the absence of fulfillment.

Melissa Coleman – This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone

A fitting quote as I spent the day yesterday getting rid of the stuff we no longer wanted/needed. No doubt as I’m packing all of our belongings up in boxes I’ll be happy that we’ve simplified!

Even though Mr Chiots and I live fairly simply we still have so much in comparison to many others around the world. Though I appreciate the simplicity of having fewer things I’ll always have my computer, my camera, and a few good books – Oh yeah and a good cup of coffee!

What is one thing you’d never want to live without?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.