Hi, I’m Hope.

This is a very odd time to start a blog. Our current world is very strange and stressed. I am not oblivious to the tension rising and the division happening, but I am choosing to live a counter cultural life– my life. This is a lifestyle that I know is not for everybody, but it is a life that I am choosing to live fully. This blog is not something that I will commit to forever, but for now, this is a space that I want to be and share with you about my life and lessons that I am learning.

Being frugal and choosing a simpler life is something I have always aspired to. I grew up reading about the Ingalls’ life in their “Little House” series. These books are among my favorite to read as a child and as an adult. The Ingall’s family moved out west to start a new life that was not easy, but they had no idea it would be as hard as it was at times.

It was a simpler time, but families were closer together and they worked hard. They loved their life and made it their own. They learned that doing without is sometimes the best thing. Making do with what they had reflected their gumption and grit. I aspire to be like that. The Ingalls moved and lived in a lot of different places. I can relate to this.

As a California-born valley girl, I moved with my family to the Colorado Rockies at the age of 11. I fell in love with the mountains and slower way of living (not to mention the coffee!). Since then, I have lived in many places. All with their unique people, rich history and warm atmosphere. As of 2017, my husband and I relocated to Oklahoma where I am enjoying a slower pace of life like I once had as a child.

Flowers that welcome the early spring mornings at our house

I have always enjoyed writing. I have kept a personal journal since I was 13 years old. It was a place that I could fully express and process my life. I have chosen to use this platform to share with anyone looking for a way to simplify their life and live it to the fullest.

This is a new journey for me, but also feels like an old friend that is now being shared with the world. I look forward to the lessons that I will learn and also be reminded of the wonderful life I have and the gratitude that encompasses it all.

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