How will you be thriving this week?

“Joyous Thrift”

Tamara’s instincts are always so good! Today she shares a photo from her own backyard wedding. Thrifty to be sure but as a lucky attendee of the event, I can tell you, the only thing that was present that day was love and joy. It was a charming backyard wedding at which I never once thought they may have made their event choices based on financial constraints. Their backyard was welcoming and the right mix of friends and family were there to celebrate. To me it spoke of the gracious and welcoming vibe I’ve always felt in their home. There was an intimacy not found in bigger venues that really spoke of a community standing for this couple’s love. I find it hard to believe anything could have been better.

January jumps right in with an important question:


Do I “need” this?

by January Handl

Need is a word we use,
often when we mean
“would like,”
“strongly prefer”
“wish for”
or even “hope toward”

I keep coming back to the basics of

Every thing that I might admire
I don’t have to own,
and in the owning somehow
lessen the value

The ingredients to happiness are usually
so very much more than anything
manifest in temporary forms,
the recipe changing
as our worlds shift,
so it’s when
we finally
learn to be chary
of giving advice,
hemorrhaging money,
grasping after
immediate gratification
of the greedy, bottom-less thirst
of the ego wanting
certainty of
the next moment’s

we relax into knowing
we mostly
we need.

Yes, we mostly DO already have what we need, which is why I think of THRIFT as a blue print for thriving. If we take this week and really look around our homes and lives and look at all the great things we already have and think about adding to or taking away in a way that only brings out our best selves, this is the type of living I want in my life.

You may not know that the word itself derives from a Nordic word that means success and that at one point it was an alternate word for prosperity. Thrift can also mean rare which tells me that if we allow the distilling process it evokes we can in fact find the essence of what is important to us.

I am using this week to do just that. I plan to eliminate the extraneous and bring nothing into my home or life that doesn’t add to my or my families essential well being, just as my definition says:

Thrift – The delight and joy of frugal wisdom, the ability to thrive with less.

How will you be thriving this week?

P.S. I share one of my favorite photos as some more evidence of the thriving that was happening at Tamara and Cary’s wedding! Thanks for all the inspiration you two!!


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

Tamara Magnitsky, a child of the wild blue yonder,
has been an ardent student and advocate for poetry, photography and excellence in general.
She is the mother of a 6 year old daughter and a beloved wife.
She can be found most days.

Bio written by Cary Brosius ~Tamara’s husband  🙂


January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently the Director/head teacher at Gazebo Park School, and lives at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She lives simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂


8 thoughts on “How will you be thriving this week?

  1. Meg says:

    Beautiful!! I just attended a backyard wedding too and felt the same way – a community supporting love and joy. Now I want to take that love and joy back home with me and apply it to my home as I clear and renew! How interesting about thrift and prosperity being linked. I do think less stuff, or at least less clutter, does lead to a richer life. 🙂

  2. Kathy: Awesome post! I try to thrive with less because I believe the more material wants I have and the more stess I will have. I am trying to eliminate stress and I believe a key to doing that starts with having less. I might not have a fancy car, but I also want have the fancy car note. I might not have the million dollar home, but hey, I still have a place to call home, you know?
    I pretty much have everything I need. There are a couple wants, but for the most part my wants and not material things, but more witin myself.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you William! You are so right!! The stress of having too much is enormous!! I think this is an excellent conversation to include here! Thank you!

  3. This was very beautiful, from your intro Kathy, to this week’s topic Tamara and January! I’m in the midst of de-cluttering my home of that which is not used, truly needed or loved… It’s an amazingly healing process to let go of that which does not serve. And love, food, warmth, water and air are really all we truly need–YES!

    • Kathy says:

      Tracy, I have a lot of trouble with that love/need line however I KNOW that choosing to surround myself with only the stuff I love is the way to go. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Tamara says:

    Hey Kat, this made me cry (in a good way!) Thank you so much for your words. Just so beautifully said. Thank you for ‘getting’ the day, it was indeed the happiest day of my life. And really thrifty! xoxo

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