Another work week completed and have landed at yet another Minimalist Weekend. I like to think more about minimalism on the weekends because I like most Americans spend most of my hard earned money on the Saturday and Sunday. These are the two days of the week where our calendars are not scheduled and we find that we have more freedom of choosing what we would like to do. There are always things I need to do on the weekends like food shopping and with just the spark of any type of shopping it is easy to get carried away.
I need to purchase starter soil for the the green bean seeds that I got yesterday and this means that If I can’t find a small bag at the Saturday Morning Market this morning I will have to drive to Home Depot. No matter how hard I try I always manage to find things at home depot that I think I need, but really don’t. In the past I would give into these urges and make many more purchases for things I don’t need. Once I get into the swing of shopping it is easy to let my mind wander and stop other places since I am already out. Before you know it the weekend will pass and not even realize that I spend a couple hundred dollars when all I needed to spend was a couple of dollars.
By being mindful of minimalism on Saturday morning it sets my mind in motion in a thought pattern of finding things to do without spending money. I start off by finding something that is cluttering my house and get rid of it by placing it in the garage sale boxes, or donating it. I take a good look at my bank account balance and vision where I want to see it at on Monday morning and actually set a two day budget on spending. Then I think about planning things to do for the next two days that are frugal like taking a hike and work on plans to actually do it. I will spend some time in my gardens and make that time really special by being in the now and taking my time to appreciate my time spent with nature. I will slot some time to catch up on some reading and really enjoy it.
For me the most important thing about a Minimalist Weekend is to not let time push me around. It is my time and I am in control of it. There is no need to rush through it because before I know it I will be back on the weekday schedule. I relax and simply enjoy the labors of love I have at hand. A Minimalist Weekend can be both rewarding and satisfying to our well being and our bank accounts. On Monday we feel well rested and still have enough money to put towards paying off our debts or building our futures.
Events are usually planned by others on the weekends and this too we have to learn how to control. We have to learn how to say no to certain things by simply choosing to say yes to those things that we absolutely love to do, and saying no to those things that are not in alignment with our desires. This can be hard at times as certain events may be tied to the one’s we love. An overnight camping trip can be fun, but no I am not really to excited about seeing the latest movie in a local theater. It is OK to say no and let our loved one’s know that we had a very difficult week and we are in desperate need of taking it down. We need time to paint, or play a musical instrument or just work on that project the we keep trying to get to.
And then there are people with children who have their own schedules on the weekends. You don’t always have to be the parent that everyone relies on as parents can work around their busy children’s schedules by sharing obligations. Even if you cannot find all day time on the weekend, try to find at least 4 hours where you can simply relax.
It has often been said that time is money, and for the most part this is true as we exchange our time all week long in exchange for money. But on the weekends it is our time versus spending money. We only live for so long and it is our time that is more important than spending the time that we dedicated all week long to earn our money. As we get older we want to see more time spent doing the things we love and the weekend shopping spree’s will not get us there. Make this weekend a Minimalist Weekend.
Blood Sugar- 102, Weight- 166.6
Treadmill- 20 Minutes
Lunch- Bacon & Eggs
Dinner- Burger, Salad