Welcome to the Simply Living Blog Carnival cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. Continue your reading read on at the bottom of this post by clicking the links to the other participants' posts.
I think that happiness lies in an absence of attachment of things and a presence of being. Maybe that’s my short definition of simple living, right there.
I have found that the fewer things clutter your life, the higher the quality of life. You spend more time connecting, and less time fretting, frustrating and cleaning! So instead of acquiring things, building your family, your support system and a comfortable, functional home seems like heaven to me.
That said, we are now quite far from these things (specifically building a real life support system), and it has taken me quite a while to come to this realization. But now I'm aware of all this, I've started putting some things into action, and hopefully taking my family along with for the ride.
Here’s a few pointers on how to get there:
- Shake off consumerism: buy only what you NEED, not what you WANT or what just looks good on the spot. Make your purchases well thought. Anything else will just wear you down.
- Make do with what you have: you can easily get creative with things that are free, or already in your possession to make the things you need. Repurpose, fix, reuse!
- Spend time with those who lift you up, avoid those who pull you down: In life, you become like the people who surround you, so choose wisely. There are many ways to build up a support group, even if you have to start from scratch. Interest based group gatherings can be the first step to get you started.
- Get rid of everything that frustrates you or clutters your life: Do you keep tripping over toys? Maybe you should drastically reduce the amount of toys in your house. Can’t find that one sweater you are looking for? Maybe you should donate some of your clothes. Are you wearing all of them. Consider the ‘souvenirs’ you are holding onto. Do you really need things to hold onto memories?
- Eat things as close to the earth as possible, by which I mean, unprocessed, if possible straight from the tree.
- The Moments In Between - Amber from Heart Wanderings takes her yoga practice off the mat to focus on the ordinary moments which make mothering magical.
- Simple living - what it looks like to me - Does simple living mean we have to be selfish? And what does selfish mean anyway? Mrs Green from Little Green Blog ponders in search of a more simple life...
- A Simple Life is a Peaceful Life, For Me - Destany at They Are All of Me writes how simplicity is a very necessary part of her daily function and crucial for coping with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Getting Back to the Basics - Minimalism was the first step toward living simply for Momma Jorje. Now she's got big plans on getting back to the basics of living in order to live a simple, healthy, family-focused lifestyle.
- Simplicity - What living simply means to sustainablemum and how it is woven into the fabric of daily life.
- Simply Living - Sophelia of Sophelia's Adventures in Japan writes about her reluctance to tighten her budget after years of living in poverty, but also her anticipation of the pleasures of simplifying her daily life as she and her husband prepare to adopt a child in Japan.
- The Simple Life: A Work in Progress - Joella at Fine and Fair ponders her idealized vision of simple living and discusses the steps she's taking to get closer to it.
- Simple Living is Simply Living - At Living Peacefully with Children, Bart and Mandy hope to help their children focus on what is truly important by simply living.
- Happiness, not Greatness - Lauren at Hobo Mama discovered that ambitions got in the way of simply being.
- Shifting to Simplicity - At Authentic Parenting, Laura shares a couple of ways in which she tries to simplify her life.