"Being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things."
Henry Ward Beecher
Lately, Matt and I have been making a more concentrated effort to pull back the reigns financially. With my internship nearing, we're looking at two rents as well as four hour weekend commutes to see one another. That, combined with dreams of buying a house sometime in the (hopefully) not too far future, has encouraged us to watch our wallets a bit more. And though this always proves to be a bit of a challenge for me, in a weird way, I'm learning to love and appreciate the challenge. Because happiness isn't dining at posh restaurants, drinking $5 lattes, or wearing a new dress. Happiness is grilling hot dogs on our patio, doing a 25 cent garage sale puzzle together, and getting creative with what I have hanging in my closet. And while I have the occasional moment of "why is this so hard?" I'm learning to be slow down and see that the common, everything things are oh so lovely indeed.