Wednesday, October 23, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 23

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along youcan find all of my posts here.


I have talked a lot this month about what I am doing to get back to basics, but I have not talked a lot about why.

When I started this journey it was because of being pregnant with my first child.  I am pretty sure that my life did a 180 degree turn at that point.  What had been important to me before no longer seemed important, and the things that I could care less about all of a sudden were at the forefront of my mind.  I think that would be what a lot of parents say though, you just think of life differently.

After my oldest was born, I realized that working was not going to work out for me anymore; I had no desire to be away from my daughter, and was willing to risk the financial consequences.  I certainly didn’t start out my maternity leave expecting to quit my job, but that was the reality at the end of 12 weeks.  All of a sudden we needed to make a lot of changes quickly in order to get our finances in order.  Cooking food from scratch, making my own laundry soap and cleaning products, turning from paper to cloth; these were all changes I could immediately make to help keep our monthly costs down.  These were the initial reasons.

As I moved along in my journey to more self-sufficiency and greener living, I started to think more about the environmental impact our choices make.  I knew that it was better for the environment, and for my kids, if we threw away less trash.  I knew that buying food that traveled such a long distance, and was not actually in season was not good for anyone.  Every day that fresh food travels, it loses nutritional value.  Not to mention the possibility of contamination; which is evident with all the recalls that we seem to encounter now.

I was probably the least environmentally aware person when I started all of these changes, making them purely for financial reasons, or the amount of chemicals found in products.  As I educated myself, I knew that there were a lot of environmental benefits for the changes that I was making, and I started to really feel that it was my responsibility to do it.  As a Christian, I was given the task to be a good steward to God’s creation, and I started to ask myself whether what I was doing was being a good steward, or if I was doing what was easy for me.  It was kind of a hard pill to swallow realizing that maybe I wasn’t the most responsible with regards to our resources.

It is still a struggle.  This was a big reason for me deciding to write about “back to basics” for these 31 days.  I wanted to remind myself why I was doing what I was doing, and how it is benefiting us, no matter how time consuming or difficult or against the mainstream it may be.  Will I be able to make every change and be completely perfect?  Absolutely not!  And if I thought that I could, I would be lying to myself.  Instead, I pick the changes that are easiest for me and my family to implement, and start there.


What makes you want to change aspects of your life?  Do you like change?

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