Do you suffer from “simple envy”?
“Oooh look at her – she makes her own cheese and soap.”
“And look at that one there! – she feeds her family of 6 for $50 a week!”
“ Wow! Look at his milking set up and that huge garden – I love it.”
I could never do that.
I would be willing to bet that we have all looked in awe at someone else’s simple living/homesteading blog. It can be a bit alarming to think about how we would accomplish what they are currently doing. The most important thing we can do is to remember that we are all on a journey and we are just at different places on the road. I can choose to be grateful for the example and motivation that these wonderful people provide and then I can choose to go on and do the best that I can.
Over the next month (every Thursday in May) I will be providing encouragement to people trying to live a simple life – especially for people who have the added burden of trying to live simply while working out of the home (WOH). All of us face our own particular challenges, and I hope that everyone will be able to gain something from my thoughts.
Number 1: Get started
For our second Christmas together as a married couple my husband and I traveled to visit his family in Idaho. I stood in awe as Grandma’s house lit up with a variety of lights. I enjoyed all the little knickknacks and Christmas tins that Grandma had strategically placed throughout the house. When I praised her for their beauty and charm, she told me:
“I’ve spent a lifetime gathering all these items. I started with just one item. The whole picture comes with time.”
This same adage can be applied to the simple life. We start out with one action – and do it well – and then we continue on. Before we know it, we’re moving down the road, doing things we had never thought we’d be able to do!
Pick one thing…. And stick with it! Make an effort to do this ONE task for the entire month of May. What are you going to do to simplify your life? Some ideas (some of which I do, others are on my list!)
- Meal plan
- Set a strict budget
- Plant/Keep a garden (even a pot!)
- Soak and cook your own beans
- Culture your own milk
- Clean your house regularly
- Organize your house
- Start/Keep a family calendar
- Make your own spa treatments
- Make and use your own household cleaners
- Research your local and/or federal politics
- Read/Paint/Craft/Play more often
- … add your own!
What will you do to further your simple living this week?
Shared with Simple Lives Thursday.