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Down To Earth Guide To Luxury

What does luxury look like to you?

It’s such a delicious word. It makes me think of things that are rare and rich.

Belgium Chocolates, Scottish Cashmere, a trip on the Orient Express!

 

The dictionary describes it this way.

Luxury

: a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth

: something that is expensive and not necessary: something that is helpful or welcome and that is not usually or always available

I hate to argue with Merriam-Webster.

But I believe luxury can also be a state of mind.

Some of my favorite luxuries are not only affordable, they are often free.m

  • The luxury to say no. Simply no, N. O. without feeling I have to explain myself.
  • The luxury to say yes…to what I enjoy.
  • Quiet time each morning with a cup of tea, a scented candle and a book. I have a comfy chair in the bay window of my bedroom where I start my morning quietly and slowly.

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  • The luxury of cooking and eating fresh, organic food. We have a Whole Foods in town that I love to shop at. I know they have a bad reputation as being overpriced. I haven’t found that to be true. When I buy organic foods at other supermarkets, they’re sometimes cheaper but the quality is often, inferior.
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Organic Blueberries, Raspberries and Champagne Grapes for breakfast.

 

  • The delight I feel when I hear my grandson laugh. It’s a luxury and a treat beyond all measure for me.
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he loves to collect rocks in the backyard

 

And just to keep things real, these are luxuries I enjoy, that many women can’t have…at any price!

      1. The luxury to come and go as I please. There are women all over the world who don’t have that freedom. They’re culture or religion, seriously limits their activities and lifestyle.
      2. The luxury of turning on a tap and getting fresh, clean water to drink. Fresh water is in short supply in many places these days. It’s at crisis levels in many third world countries. Many of us even find our clean tap water lacking, and drink bottled water instead.

What does luxury mean to you?

 

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61 Comments

  1. June 1, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Love this post Jennifer! I agree with you on having a quiet time and hearing the laughter of my grandchildren too! It’s the best thing ever! For me, it also means spending time with my best friends and a beach trip is always a luxury! xoxo

  2. April 19, 2015 / 9:55 am

    For me the greatest luxury is time. Time alone to write, read or just to putts about my garden. Time with my husband & daughter to eat, play or enjoy homemade popcorn & a movie. I heard it said that hours are slow & years are fast. At this stage in my life I find this so true!

    Great prompt Jennifer!

  3. April 16, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Luxury as a state of mind! Such a wonderful way to look at it. I couldn’t agree more. To me, being able to manage my time and the projects I work on is the very best luxury! The freedom to enjoy what’s most important to us – now that’s luxurious!

    Thanks for a thoughtful take on our topic! XO

    • Jennifer
      April 16, 2015 / 1:36 pm

      Freedom and time are such precious gifts and yes, luxuries!! Thanks Jeanne.

  4. sunday taylor
    April 16, 2015 / 4:43 am

    Wonderful post! I agree with everything you said. My luxury is having the time to spend with my new granddaughter. I also feel very lucky to have a garden and now that spring is here spend as much time in it as I can. Like many of your readers, I love the quiet moments in life where I find inspiration.

    • Jennifer
      April 16, 2015 / 1:34 pm

      Your granddaughter is so adorable! That is a true luxury. And time, time to enjoy what we love…Thanks for sharing Sunday!

  5. April 15, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I love your ideas on life’s luxuries, Jen. I agree, it’s so much more about a way of living, and a mindset, than about expensive things. For me luxuries are a few unexpected moments of extra time in my day, an hour to float in the pool, picking calla lilies from my garden and watching the ever-changing day and night time views from our terrace. I still get a rush from a fabulous pair of heels, I won’t deny that. My biggest luxury is travel and adventure with my husband. Life is short, so making the most of it is a TRUE luxury.
    xx, Heather

    • Jennifer
      April 16, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      You do live in the moment! Your trips with your husband are the most amazing adventuresw. I love to follow along!! Time seeems to be a very poopular luxury and we need to steal and enjoy it whenever we can!
      xo

  6. April 15, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Luxury for me = fresh island air, my darling husband, living by the sea, velvet, time to take time, Chanel lipstick.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:59 pm

      Oh velvet…you’ve hit on something there Alison! To live by the sea with your love would be priceless. Thanks for sharing!

  7. April 14, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    Great post Jennifer and a reminder that we have so much here and what we take for granted is really luxuries to much of the world.. Loved this. Your grandson is such a doll! xo Kim

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks Kim. We need to appreciate the luxuries right in front of us. I have a whole new appreciation for how loving and wise my readers are. I knoew they were smart, but this is awesome! xo

  8. April 14, 2015 / 10:58 pm

    I must say it is completely astonishing……COMPLETELY ASTONISHING; that this group of women have responded this way!

    And each respons (I have only read a few) have responded with the opposite of what the rest of the world……(what I read about???) as “luxurious”

    I hear family, chickens, animals, bird nests, lavender, country…..it all makes perfect sense to me…I just find it “mind boggling!!!) And DELIGHTFUL! IT SHOWS WE ARE CHANGING AND WE CAN!!!!

    XXOO

    Penelope

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Me too Penelope! I thought I would be the only one in our group with this take on it. I should have known better. We are wise, kind and apreciative women! Bravo! xoxo

  9. Linda S.
    April 14, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    That first photo means luxury to me too! I’m usually up at 5:30 and grab a cup of coffee and then it’s back to bed for about 20 min. to read. (BTW my husband has that same Starbucks mug as in your photo that he uses every morning)

    Since I quit working years ago, my biggest luxuries are having the time to exercise 6 days a week, cook healthy meals (vs. eating out) and spend time with family. None of which require a ton of cash 🙂

    I love Whole Foods too, the closest store is a bit of a drive so I can only get there once a month.

    Your grandson is a cutie pie…my daughter just got married in Sept. so grandkids are in my near future!

    Linda

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:54 pm

      Lucky you Linda! I just can’t bolt out of bed in the morning. My mornign ritual calms my spirit and allows me to feel blessed.
      You will be insane for your grandchildren…trust me…it’s way better than having children:)

  10. April 14, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Jennifer, your comment about water is inspirational. Please go to water.org (Matt Damon’s charity) and see what they do. You can donate and they send you a tee shirt or something with one of their slogans. We should all be ashamed of ourselves that children in these countries have no idea that water is basic to life. Of course, what you wrote resonates with me as I, too, have passed the stage of having to have the next new thing, no matter “what” that thing might be. Your grandson does look a wee bit like you, doesn’t he?
    xx’s

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:52 pm

      I’ll pop over for a look.
      We don’t appreciate in this country how much of a crisis fresh watewr is in the world!!
      I think he does…:)))

  11. Karen H.
    April 14, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Great post Jennifer. We are one grateful group! So many things I view as luxuries and take none for granted. But they are all simple things, like good health, happy marriage, weekends to putter around the house, or sit and read with a hot cup of tea. Although I still work full time, I have the luxury of setting my hours and schedule. Lots to be thankful for.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you Karen. We all have much to be grateful for and counting our blessings is a great way to remind ourselves!

  12. April 14, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Oh now, that is one cute grandson!
    One of life’s luxuries indeed.

    And I adore the bit about “saying no”!
    xo

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks Pamela! I’m getting so much better at saying N.O. the older I get!

  13. April 14, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Another luxury is education. I am so very fortunate to have been given that, all my life.
    And, I have to add here, for me one of life’s great luxuries is being married to this wonderful man for almost forty years! Yes, indeed, that is a luxury and I feel very fortunate.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      You are a lucky woman Libby! Sometimes we take education for granted, but we shouldn’t because it is a luxury many woman can’t have! Thanks for sharing!

  14. April 14, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    All luxuries indeed – my grandson’s laugh…priceless!

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      YES! My grandson’s joy and laugh light my heart a blaze, as nothing else can!

  15. April 14, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Jennifer, you got me with the Orient Express, and Scottish Cashmere.. how blessed we are.. you asked about my luxuries?.. grandchildren’s warm hugs, choice of good food to eat daily, love of my husband, and children, a cuppa chai, a comfy bed, with crisp clean linen, escorting new found friends on tours across the globe, India, Myanmar, Canada, Vietnam, having good health, and energy to appreciate each day.. oh gosh..my list goes on and on.. my pile of books to read ‘one day’.. a very comfy home.. a small enough garden to enjoy my gardening passions.. thanks for this opportunity to stop and realize my abundant blessings.. x Jean from Brisbane..

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jean. I love your luxuries! Is there anything better than warm grandchildren hugs??? I don’t know of it!! We are all truly blessed.

  16. April 14, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Oh so beautifully thought through and penned. I especially like your last 2 observations – for while they are everyday “items” for those in some countries, they truly are a rare and precious – or literally luxurious – wish for some in other countries.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks Virginia!
      I felt I was going a bit renegade with the last two for our topic, but I just hate to be predictable:)

      • April 17, 2015 / 3:52 am

        I absolutely agree with Virginia – those last two stopped me in my tracks! Thank you for such a heart-felt post and I apologize that I am late in responding (we have had touch and go internet here this week)…

  17. April 14, 2015 / 2:58 pm

    I do believe it is a luxury to live in the good ol USA. My dad always says we won the “sperm derby” with that. What I really consider a luxury would be having my own chef…one can dream.

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Dreams are another luxury! xoxo

  18. April 14, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy these luxuries…I am grateful every morning when I wake up to a brand new day full of possibilities.
    Your attitude and thoughts are rich and full of wisdom and indeed you are a woman living a luxurious life!

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much! You are leading the same life…which is why I love to read your wisdoms!

  19. The Enchanted Home
    April 14, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Yes to all of it..I am right there with you and could not agree more with how you define luxury!!

    • Jennifer
      April 15, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Your luxuries were eye candy! I think we were all on the same page with this post!

  20. April 14, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I love your descriptions of luxury. Quiet time – yes – often so hard to come by. The people who are precious to us. And Foyle! (Another Foyle fan… Delighted to have found that out. I am sooooooooooo addicted. Have you tried some of the Scandinavian television productions yet? They’re superb!)

    Now please pass the berries. Would you mind?

    🙂

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:12 pm

      We all love quiet…what does that say about our society?
      I thrive at the beach or in a forest, where no one speaks so I just hear nature.
      xoxo

  21. April 14, 2015 / 11:11 am

    I totally agree with you, it is a state of mind! Quiet time is my luxury.

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      We all seem to love our quiet time. It must be a reaction to our loud and fast paced society. Thanks for sharing Mary!

  22. April 14, 2015 / 9:53 am

    OMG. I am totally smitten with your adorable grandson. What a cutie!! I’m such a boy mom. And I remember that age so well, I bet you are really enjoying him.
    Yes, that laugh would definitely be a moment of utter luxury. As would your other examples, and I agree with Suzanne about our health. As I get older I appreciate my strong body as a real luxury. By the way, I don’t think I mentioned that your wonderful series on the vanishing woman inspired me to write about aging too. I linked to your blog (part 1), and I hope you got such visits from it.
    hugs,
    Leslie

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:09 pm

      Thank you Leslie! He just fills my heart to overflow! What did I do with all this love before he was born???
      I’m glad you liked the series. It felt very therapeutic to explore ther subject and I just loved all the comments. I love my readers. They are some super smart, intuitive cookies! xo

  23. Jen
    April 14, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Great post. Luxury is time. After a hectic few months, I can say that I need some time off. Heaven. And a bathtub that is shoulder high. That’s the one thing I’ve found I can’t live without,

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Time spent in a deep bubble bath just about covers my evening luxuries! Time to breathe and just relax is priceless to me.

  24. April 14, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Ah yes, Jennifer – it’s those intangibles that are life’s greatest luxuries. These are so sweet and ring so true. Lovely post today.

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks Barbara! I think I’ve lost your feed or you’ve been very quiet! I’m checking into it.

  25. April 14, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Well said, Jennifer. My luxuries include that quite time…and I guess for the first time in my life I have assistance with housekeeping and it is a luxury I hope never to be without again…such a blessing! I also am so grateful for some of the luxuries blogging affords me that I might not be able to enjoy. However, there are so many high dollar items I will NEVER have…and that is alright by me. My family is my ultimate luxury!

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      High ticket items give such a short thrill. Nothing to compare to the love of family!
      xo

  26. April 14, 2015 / 7:05 am

    Jennifer we are really on point as to what luxury means. I will add to that the good health and loyal friends to enjoy what we are passionate about. It does not have to cost anything or very little. A walk in the warmth of the sun. A bright new lipstick, a scented bubble bath!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      We are all on the same page! It’s not about things, but experiences and feelings. I’ll have to write to Merriam-Webster 🙂 Bubble baths are a favorite!!
      xoxo

  27. Marcia
    April 14, 2015 / 6:32 am

    Beautiful.
    Luxury to me is every breath I am blessed and privileged to live.
    xoxo

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 3:00 pm

      That’s beautiful Marcia! Thank you.xo

  28. April 14, 2015 / 6:16 am

    CARS, JEWELRY and TRAVEL………….
    However,skipping to the chicken coop for eggs or smelling the roses that EXPLODED overnight.Having a cup of coffee is my LUXURY every morning!Then I have those furry creatures who I adore and feel so GRATEFUL to have in my LIFE.DAILY LUXURIES…………we all should have some little something that we do not take for granted and adore or look forward too!
    I agree with YOURS TOO!
    WE all have luxuries to share!
    XO

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 2:58 pm

      Your’s are delightful. I can;t imagine the thrill of collectiong fresh eggs each morning! Delightful luxuries. And your furry loves are precious!! Lunch next week? xoxo

  29. Janice
    April 14, 2015 / 5:59 am

    Freedom! To come and go, to take a break when I want or need it, to eat what I want, to take a nap, to read, to live my life exactly as I want to, every minute of every day. Other people may have all of the swank stuff – I want time, leisure, and FREEDOM to make my own choices!

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 2:57 pm

      That’s a luxury we all should appreciate! Our freedom is priceless! Thanks for sharing Janice!

  30. April 14, 2015 / 5:47 am

    This was a great read.

    Without a doubt one of the greatest luxuries for myself is time. Time to fill and plan my days on my own terms. When I worked outside of the home I was always trying to figure out how to stretch out my days off. There is only so much you can fit into 48 hours.

    Another luxury is health. Many people don’t realize it is a privilege to be able to walk, run, workout, especially as we get older. Just being able to have a body that keeps me moving is a luxury I won’t take for granted.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      Having our health is an amazing luxury Suzanne! If we aren’t blessed with good health it makes it very hard to enjoy our other luxuries. Time is so precious. Thank you for sharing! xo

  31. Wendymm
    April 14, 2015 / 1:43 am

    My luxuries are almost entirely states of mind: like you, I revel in my early mornings that no longer require me to bustle myself and children about; I revel in reading for pleasure again after years of working non-stop and mostly reading bureaucratic documents; time for meditations and walks; a piece of good quality dark chocolate daily, my friends; being able to afford to be a starving artist; the trees around my house; and of course, time with my family. Now in the more typical categories for luxury: champagne, reading a fabulous book in the bathtub, stuart weitzman shoes, linen napkins freshly ironed, and books, books, books! My greatest luxury now is my ability to dream and imagine and I am forever grateful for that. Wonderful topic!

    • Jennifer
      April 14, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      Oh Wendy, your luxuries are fabulous! Books, books, books…I adore them. Meditation, walks in nature…all these thiings are free!!

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