day to day. To be able to walk into the
grocery store and essentially purchase anything that we could even dream of,
regardless of season, or location in the world even, what a luxury.
getting some chickens? Perhaps that is
“simple living” in a sense, but that definition isn’t for everyone.
stereotypes when it comes to simple living.
country. There is so much rich history
to see in the United States, and it is something that I have wanted to do since
I was in high school. That dream hasn’t
changed, but it has definitely shifted now that we have three kids. Would it even be possible? Absolutely!
Would it be simple? Well, that is
where it gets a bit dicey.
living at my old blog back in 2007, I really thought that stepping back in
time was the way to do it. I thought
that if I consciously slowed down life would be simple. Honestly, it is a different kind of life. You
are firmly stepping in two completely different worlds. Ma Ingalls never had the option to google a
canning recipe. And while this is a
certain way to think about simple living, it most definitely is not the easiest
find that simple does not always mean easy.
In fact, it most often means more difficult.
set out as normal. It is hard to say no
to buying more stuff because you know you can’t afford it, but watching your
friends continue to purchase items you would love to have. It is complicated to explain to your family
why you are homeschooling, or why you only have one vehicle, or why you tend to
purchase local foods and eat seasonally.
It is hard to explain why you don’t want a lot of toys in your home, or
you choose a smaller home, or you sell everything and live in a tiny
living, and then doubly difficult to stay on that simple living path and not
get caught up in the mainstream decisions that you were trying to break from.
is a first world problem. We wake up
every morning and, most of the time, have everything at our fingertips,
allowing us to make any decision that we choose to make. But, what happens when all those choices and
decisions start to catch up with us?
Decision fatigue. Tomorrow I will
talk a bit more about decision fatigue and how it can have a negative impact on
our desire for simple living.
are some simple living choices you have made that are outside the norm? Is it easier or more difficult to continue to
follow these choices?