Posts Tagged“simple living”

Some of the key components of our simple life include: The desire to-  Live within our means and not be buried in debt  Grow some of our own food  Learn new skills  Make some of the gifts we give  Make some of the household items we use, like soap and laundry liquid  Keep some chickens  Make our own compost  Cook mainly from scratch  Entertain ourselves with being creative  Appreciate what we have, rather than spending our life chasing after new things  Generate some of our power with solar panels  Generate free hot water from the sun  Collect rainwater in a…

My gardening journey began with a tiny plot about 2m x1m. I had the desire to start vegie gardening but was scared off thinking it was all very complicated. Thankfully, I read a great book by Jacque French called Backyard Self-Sufficiency, which gave me the confidence to give gardening a try. That was 7 years ago and that 2m plot has grown to become roughly one third of our backyard. It has been a lot of trial and error, with some mistakes and some wonderful successes. The most wonderful discovery has been that gardening is not as difficult and mysterious…

I guess simple living means different things to all of us, but for me there are some key ingredients. The top of my list would be slowing down long enough to examine your life and to think about why and how you do things. Is the urgent keeping you from ever thinking about the important? I would urge you to make yourself a cup of tea and sit down with a pen and paper and think about what will matter in 5 or 10 years time. Slowing down long enough to think about whether the latest purchase will buy peace…