While the topic of this column is frugality, the mission statement is to help you love what you have. If I’m being completely honest, I can’t personally put every tip I convey in this column into action, but when it comes to “love what you have,” I live it. And when I don’t, I realize it and get myself back on track. As I’ve grown older, loving what I have has become a way of life. Maybe you can relate.
Loving what you have means many different things. It keeps me grateful for the blessings of family and friends, shelter and food. It signifies that, even when life throws a curveball, I’m aware it could always be worse. It reminds me to see the positive in a situation, instead of the bad side. It urges me not to sweat the small stuff. And it prompts me to focus on what I love.
Within the spirit of focusing on what I love, today’s column is a bit different. While it’s my hope to encourage you to continue to follow your own hearts and passions and find ways to bring joy into your life, in order for me to do that in my own life, I need your help.
I am a storyteller at heart. Whether I’m giving money-saving advice in this column, assisting a business owner to vocalize his passions online or helping folks find the good in every day on my blog, I use stories to help state my case. No matter whose story it is, I love to tell it. It’s the human-interest heart-grabbers, the ones that give you goose bumps and leave you weepy that really get my juices flowing. I want to tell more of those.
That’s where you come in. You’re the best resource when it comes the amazing ways people celebrate the good in every single day. I want to tell stories that might otherwise go untold, but deserve to be shared. It’s the everyday good I want to focus on and cultivate, but I need your help.
Do you do a great job of loving what you have? Have you heard of a heroic act or tradition that we all need to know about? Do you know regular folks doing simple things that, if shared in this column, might make life more joyful and satisfying for the rest of us?
If your answer is “yes,” I want to hear from you. Send the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to hear about all the simply wonderful things going on out there.
Molly Logan Anderson is a freelance writer who lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Mike, three kids and two labs. Join Molly on her family’s journey of living a frugal life and making financial freedom their reality in her columns or visit her website at www.mollylogananderson.com or on her blog at www.butterfliesandmudpies.blogspot.com.