7 Simple Ways to Live More Abundantly, Right Now

Here are 7 simple ways to live more abundantly so you can thrive in everyday, normal life. These are things you can enjoy on any budget, with any schedule–you just have to be intentional!

Here are 7 simple ways to live more abundantly so you can thrive in everyday, normal life. These are things you can enjoy on any budget, with any schedule--you just have to be intentional! #IntentionalLiving

“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

How do you want to live your life?

And are you living that way now, or are you hoping you’ll be there in another 5 to 10 years?

When job interviewers, lifestyle books, or business gurus ask “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I believe our tendency is to think “In 5 years, things could be pretty darn good! I’ll have achieved this, I’ll be living here, I’ll have accomplished that lifelong goal…Oh, and finances won’t be so tight!”

When we’re on the other side of 5 years, everything will be greener.

Although I LOVE making goals and I LOVE making plans for the future, I want the serenity and abundance that I picture in 5 years to be what I experience now

Some people choose a “word to live by” each year; the word serves as a theme to focus on and delve into over the course of 12 months. I couldn’t settle on a theme word this year, but I’m beginning to get a clearer picture of something bigger–a life word.

It’s abundance.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how to capture more abundance in my day-to-day, “mundane” life. I believe that the first key to abundance is this–you have to be rooted in the Vine, which is Jesus.

If you start with that, then each of the small things I list below gain depth and meaning, because you’ll be living out your purpose to glorify and enjoy God.

Here are 7 simple ways to live life more abundantly, every day!

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1. Don’t wait for your day off

When I began working full time after college, I had this strange concept that fun must be saved for the weekend! I thought that fun times wouldn’t be as special if they were on a regular old weeknight, so I lumped all of my relaxation, date nights, and special outings onto Friday and Saturday. And you know what happened? My weekends were glorious, but the strictly-business weekdays dragged by with little excitement to punctuate the grind.

Eric made me think outside the weekend and started taking me on dates on Wednesday nights. I fell in love! (With mid-week dates. I was already in love with him!) I needed something to look forward to on Wednesdays, and besides, restaurants and movie theaters are a lot less busy then!

The moral extends beyond weekends, though. Don’t wait for months to pass before you pursue your interest. Don’t wait for years to pass before you begin your travels. Don’t wait.

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2. Appreciate a good breakfast

Every year, you have at least 365 opportunities to begin your day with pleasure and nourishment. Respect your breakfast time, and make it into a ritual that you can look forward to each morning. Breakfast doesn’t have to be elaborate, but it should be something you enjoy immensely.

My go-to breakfast these days are two fried eggs, a couple of pieces of butter-and-jam toast, possibly some fresh fruit, and a cup of English Breakfast tea or coffee with real cream. I sit down at the table or on our cabin porch to eat it, and finish my time with a short Bible reading. Homemade yogurt is a good stand-by for busier mornings, and hot buttered muffins or buttermilk pancakes with fresh berry syrup are excellent for mornings of leisure!

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3. Follow the rhythm of the seasons

Live in tune with the rhythms and cycles of nature. Spend lots of time outdoors, and take notice–with all your senses–of how the world changes from month to month. Sync your personal rhythms of living with what’s going on around you in nature. For us, we tend to play hard during the summer when the world is awake and teeming. We go on trips and forage in the woods and stay up late in lingering daylight. But in winter we like to hunker down into humming routines, or stay indoors with hot drinks and lots of blankets on a cold night, just as the rest of the world shores up for spring.

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4. Discover the small things that make you happy, and seek them out in your day

Think of a list of a few simple things that bring you pleasure. Some of mine include brie cheese, walks, a few minutes reading a magazine, a cup of fragrant tea, and a favorite perfume. They’re little things that don’t take much time to enjoy…which is an excellent reason to savor one or two each day!

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5. Educate your palate

If you’re a picky eater, you’re missing out. There are so many flavours and textures and colours available to us in our food! A deep appreciation of good food, and for lingering over it with company and conversation, is a profound way to live abundantly each day.

Even if you’ve been a picky eater or subsisted on processed food for a long time, if you branch out you will eventually develop a taste–even a craving–for foods you formerly ignored. Stock a real food pantry, begin cooking the classics from scratch (my cookbook can help with that!), and then expand to more unusual ingredients and intricate dishes. I used to dislike mushrooms, onions, and blue cheese–now I realise that these foods have incredible flavour potential that can send the right dish soaring.

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6. Know what makes you come alive

What gets you excited? makes you feel energized? makes you want to spin around and sing like you’re in The Sound of Music? Do those things more often! I find that it helps to think about what my passions and interests were when I was a little girl. I had no qualms then about being myself and doing what I loved– exploring outside on a glorious morning, being in the water, curling up with a book, creating things on paper. I can do those things now as an adult, but often I forget how much I love them, how much a part of me they are!

Recapture the playfulness and abandon you had for your passions when you were little, and seek them out again! You might want to read my post on How to Make More Time for the Things You Love. And if reading is one of those passions for you (like it is for me!) here’s how you can read more even when you’re busy.

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7. Form good habits

Ir’s wastefully difficult to live a life of abundance when you’re constantly tired, grumpy, and overworked. But good habits, formed by discipline, provide a structure for your days into which you can build times of rest, play, and productivity. Establish morning and evening routines to bookend your days, learn to streamline your work and avoid time wasters, stay on top of household chores, and keep a simple home so that you have less to clean and care for. For more ideas of daily habits you can cultivate, read 8 Things Intentional Homemakers Do Every Day.

You can absolutely live an abundant life, but it isn’t going to just happen. The key, as I hope this list has shown you, is to live intentionally and on purpose.

[question]What would you add to this list? How are you choosing to live more abundantly, every day?[/question]


  1. These are great thoughts. On the breakfast idea: I’ve found that I can make a big batch of muffins or bread on the weekend, then have a better breakfast than plain ol’ ceral during the week!

    1. That is a great idea. Eric and I have plans of doing a big baking day once per month where we make 4 loaves of bread, a couple of pizza doughs, some breakfast burritos, and muffins. We’ll freeze them and pull some out each week. We haven’t done that, yet, but we WANT to!

  2. Why do we find it so easy to put things off when most of the time, we question why we waited so long to follow our dream? I loved all of these tips, Elsie, but my favorite is the first one. I think it is so important to live each day as the gift that it is from God. I hope you find the time to have your monthly baking day. It makes life so much easier! I recently posted how I make burritos for the freezer – a favorite in our home. Another way to do it is to make extras of what you are already cooking/baking and freeze those. Thanks for the post!

  3. Great article, Elsie. Oh my goodness! The thought about what I liked to do as a child really made me LOL! I used to LOVE playing grocery store with my little cash register–I was an assistant manager at a gourmet grocery store for 6 years. I loved sorting and “selling” my great aunt’s jewelry when we at her house, and ended up selling fine jewelry for 3 years!! And I loved playing teacher. Did that for 10 years, until my health forced me into early retirement!!! I was also very artistic, coloring, painting, drawing… my next ventures?? I’ve been searching since “retiring,” and asking the universe to send me a sign for my purpose in life. Perhaps this was it!?! 😀

  4. It’s so easy to go through each day without thinking what would make life richer only to realize you are depressed. This happens to me too often and there are things I can do about it. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. You’re welcome, JoAnne! Thank you for your comment. I re-read this post when I need to give myself a gentle reminder to make the best of my situations!

  5. Often when I think of abundant living I realize that life is more than stuff!The essences of life is not predicated just on natural things that give us happiness, but joy that is everlasting!

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