Many blogs espouse the virtues and joys of simple living. Yet read between the lines and there’s usually a full-time working spouse supporting the person and/or family. I am not judging the set-up but I want to advice on enjoying the simple life while working 9 to 5. Is that really possible?
The Simple Life In France is enjoying the slower pace of life in a small French town. Her husband works full-time. What struck me was her description of her pre-simple life, as a teacher in California.
“I worked nearly 70 hours a week. After work, I’d hurry to the gym for an intense spinning class. DH and I kept a rather rigorous social calendar full of dinners out with friends and ski weekends. I drank coffee all day, which only fueled the fire.”
In some ways, her description reminds me of my current life and that of most of my working friends. While I only work 45 hours (40 hours/week + 5 hours/week for lunch), I also have a 2 hour daily commute. She seemed more diligent about exercising but I do try to find time for yoga and the occasional cardio class.
I guess my question is: Is it really possible to enjoy the simple life if you don’t have a full-time working spouse and/or family support? I have some ideas that I will share later but also welcome suggestions becausing finding yourself when you work full-time is not so easy.