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Simple Pleasures and Living Like a Princess: Life As a 3-Year-Old Minimalist

There is more to being a minimalist than getting rid of everything. One of the great things minimalism does is bring to light the simple pleasures in life that are far too easily overlooked. Life gets busy and complicated as we accumulate possessions and obligations in life. But looking at life through the eyes of my three-year-old daughter, life doesn’t seem too complicated at all.

Melody wakes up every day in an energetic happy mood. I’ve had three kids and I’m still not a morning person. To be perfectly honest, I’m in awe of anyone who can jump out of bed and be in a great mood ready to take on the world. The focus of Melody’s day is centered around one simple pursuit: FUN! She looks for fun in any place she can find it.

On most days, you’ll find Melody dressed up in her green princess costume from last Halloween. It’s getting snug and tattered after its frequent use. The golden cord has been ripped off and the matching crown is long gone, but Melody still cherishes her “princess dress” and loves to wear it as often as she can. If you ask her what her name is, she will often refer to herself as Princess Melody. It’s cute and I love that such a small thing has become such a treasure to her. When this princess dress no longer fits, I’ll find another one to replace it. I’ve even considered getting a skirt or tutu she can wear over her regular clothes. To some people, that might seem frivolous and not very “minimalist” of me. But helping my daughter happily live like a princess seems totally worth it to me.

I don’t have a lot of toys for Melody. The ones she does own spend most of their time in her room being ignored while she begs anyone she can find to take her outside. She is usually content tagging along with a sibling or one of the adults in the house. She loves books, pretending to whip up coffee and lemonade in the kitchen and serve it to her guests, and chasing the cats outside.

One of her new favorite pastimes is dancing. She loves to crank up the dance music and shake her little toddler bootie for anyone who is nearby. Watching her has become one of my own favorite pastimes too. I truly don’t know where she gets her rhythm but it certainly wasn’t from me. I included a short video clip of her dancing for her daddy the other night. I hope it brings a smile to your face like it does to mine every time.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

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Article originally published on 05/18/2011

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