I never imagined myself living in a cottage. Funny that now I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else! My journey to being content in a cottage is a testament to the greatness of God. It’s about letting go of expectations that stifle life and living slow, intentional moments every day.
When we arrived at our little cottage it was in desperate need of some TLC! A shade of pink carpet from the 1990s, dark and overcrowded kitchen and even blue carpet in the bathroom. Part of me just wanted to renovate as quickly as possible, but this process has opened my eyes to the beauty of waiting.
I’ve learned the necessary flow of each room, embraced my own cottage style. I want my family and anyone visiting to feel as though they’ve stepped back in time when they enter our cottage. Had I flown in like a whirlwind and started this renovation it would not be a reflection of who we are.
Contentment in a Cottage
You may be wondering, still, how I came to be content in a cottage. There’s really no magical formula. There is, however, a guide I’m going to share with you!
Learn to embrace the art of slow living. Wherever this post finds you, you can embrace slow living. Slow living is about enjoying little moments throughout your day. It’s making conscious decisions to live a meaningful life…. right where you are! You may not be where you ultimately want to be, so start moving in that direction, today. You, no doubt, have heard the ever-famous saying, “There’s no time like the present.”
Have a little talk with Jesus. Now, before you click away, hear me with an open mind. I do not say these words lighthearted. When we were living in the city, I knew that was not where I wanted to be. I did know that my favorite place in the whole world is the mountains! I can see the same mountain view thousands of times and it gets me every time. A lot of praying went on about our house, every detail. And I saw these prayers answered very specifically. God gave us the perfect cottage in the mountains with amazing views! I encourage you to get to know your Creator and contentment in His plans.
Know Yourself. What do you like to do? What is your style? Know yourself well enough to realize when it’s time to take a right turn off the road you’re on. In this cottage, I have learned more about what I like. My style is antiques and vintage and absolutely love traditional skills and the slower paced life! Give me toile and a cup of tea in an antique teacup, and I’m a happy girl!
What’s your style? Let me know in the comments below?