Recently, a reader emailed me and said:
"I love the idea of simple living. But what do you do for fun?"
Leo wrote about this topic, on mnmlist. A portion of article focuses on the purpose of entertainment, so be sure to check it out.
Ahhh but I digress.
Living a simpler life doesn't mean it has to be austere. For me a simpler life has lead to more joy and happiness. Having fun doesn't require spending a lot of money or heading to the mall. Instead, I focus on doing things that make me incredibly happy.
For instance, over the weekend, Logan and I took a long hike in Washington Park and snapped photos of spring flowers. A few years ago I would have spent the day at the mall shopping, searching for happiness. Buying extra stuff didn't make me happy and consuming more hasn't done much for the planet or overall state of "happiness" in the U.S.
"Even though we're consuming way more resources like energy, paper and materials and more manufactured Stuff than most other countries, the United States scores lower on many indices of well-being…Out of 143 countries evaluated in the 2009 Happy Planet Index, the United States rates a dismal 114th." via The Story of Stuff
Thanks to the ideas promoted by simple living and the minimalist movement I'm able to take advantage of beauty in everyday life. I am satisfied with my possessions and I feel like I have enough. We don't need more stuff to be happy or to be entertained, we need to unplug and connect with friends, family, and neighbors in our community.
Below are a few low to no cost activities that I do on a weekly basis. I hope this list will stimulate the creative side of your brain. You can have fun without spending a lot of money.
1. Go for a walking meditation in the park.
2. Have a cup of coffee with a friend.
3. Take photos to rediscover the beauty and seasonal details of my neighborhood.
4. Go for a bike ride.
5. Cook a yummy dinner for friends or family.
6. Head to the library or Powell's to check out the latest book selections.
7. Volunteer at a local non-profit doing something I believe in.
8. Write blog posts for RowdyKittens.
9. Help my mom and friends maintain their websites.
10. Go to the farmer's market, people watch and purchase my weekly groceries.
11. Practice yoga at home.
12. Read 1-2 books a week.
13. Play with my kittens.
14. Bake cookies and bread.
15. Sit still and mediate.
Micro-action: Research entertainment options that don't cost money. Please leave a comment and tell me about some of the things you do for frugal fun.