I'm all about enjoying the simple things in life. If I could summarise my philosophy of life, it would be just that.
No need for fancy gadgets for this girl, give me a well-cooked meal and I'll be licking my fingers and enjoying every moment.
I think that's why I resonate with the movie Amelie so much (the way she enjoys cracking the crème brûlée with the back of a spoon and dipping her hand into a sack of beans). It's all about those simple pleasures and nostalgic memories.
A friend told me about this book by two Australian authors called "The Art of Frugal Hedonism - a guide to spending less while enjoying everything more". I haven't bought it yet but listened to all the radio interviews online with co-author Annie Raser-Rowland (you can check them out here).
Annie talks about how you can live a rich enjoyable life in ways that really cost nothing at all. Like: reading a book, enjoying a cup of tea with a friend on her patio, listening and observing all the sights and sounds you come across in your everyday life. Soaking everything in and giving it your full attention.
It's motivated me to have a look through my wardrobe and move on items that I don't use, yet take up mental energy by having to sift through them.
It's wild to think that having more can in fact cost you your health and peace of mind. It creates more stuff for you to do, which takes you away from what's most important. But yet you work so hard to buy these things?! It's crazy. We really don't need that much to be happy (another recommendation: watch the Minimalism documentary on Netflix!)
Would you call yourself a frugal hedonist? What are your favourite simple pleasures? I'd love to hear them, leave a comment below lovely.
Yours in frugal fun,