Enjoying life’s simple pleasures is one of the best ways to live large on a small budget.
I was reminded of this after a recent visit with the family to one of our favorite places, Mr. Ed’s Farm. It’s not your ordinary farm. It’s a family-friendly place full of educational opportunities that kids and adults can enjoy. Each visit is full of farming fun – a sleigh ride through the woods, chasing the new lambs, feeding the goats and sheep, collecting eggs from the hen house, shelling corn and more. On our last visit, the kids even got to make a cool rope leash for our dog. Each visit is a learning opportunity. They learn about where food comes from, the work it takes to run a farm, and how to care for farm animals.
Mr. Ed’s Farm is the one place my kids can spend two hours and not complain they’re bored. They don’t ask to play with my iPhone. They don’t even fight with each other. They don’t want to go home. And they talk about their visits to Mr. Ed’s Farm for weeks after each visit.
I think it is because they are unplugged, in tune with nature, and experiencing things that interest and inspire them.
Not every experience has to involve spending a lot of money or buying a lot of stuff. You can create some fabulous family memories by simply slowing down and remembering to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Take a walk in the woods.
Plant a garden.
Hit the beach on a warm summer day.
Bake up a delicious dessert.
Read a good book.
Play some music.
Visit an elderly relative and ask them to tell you stories.
Play with your pets. They want to have some fun, too.
Go stargazing on a clear night.
Build a snowman or go sledding.
Do a messy craft.
Play a board game.
Remember to use all of your senses. What do you see that makes you happy? How does it feel? What smells are in the air? What can you taste? What can you hear?
You will find that when you focus on enjoying the simple things in life using all of your senses, you’ll keep more money in your wallet and create more memories that truly last.