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I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that we live a pretty simple life.
Outside of our needs we mostly live comfortably doing simple things – hanging out at home, grabbing a movie on Netflix, reading, spending time in the yard or at the park, traveling to a state or federal park for some forest adventures. We don’t watch television, we cook most of our meals at home without much hoopla, and enjoy having less stress and fuss related to too much stuff.
Overall, we enjoy life this way – simple, connected, full of love and gratitude, yet with ample fun thrown in.
This isn’t to say that things aren’t difficult. In fact, they can be at times. Yet our needs are not unmet and any difficulty is not unbearable. Still, we plug on, living simply and happily.
When it comes to the foods we eat, we use simple ingredients. I enjoy making some of our health and beauty products with more simple ingredients. Honestly, we don’t get the most natural, gmo free, or organic products all the time. Despite this, we understand and believe that using whole ingredients is better than not. Therefore, we choose whole, yet affordable ingredients, over gmo free and organic on occasion.
Yes, I make our toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion and cleaning products. No, we don’t subscribe to a health care service. Yes, we eat meat and vegetables every day. No, we don’t use a dishwasher (though sometimes one would be nice). Yes, we buy reverse osmosis filtered water. Yes, we also use that water to cook. Plus, a whole host of other things.
In other words, we do what we can within our means.
We have goals and plans and desires and we’re steadily working towards them (organic gardening, compost pile, paying off debt, etc.). Just because we don’t do everything we know and want to do when it comes to food or health, doesn’t mean we don’t want to. It also doesn’t mean we give up or give in to societal pressure which tells us we need more and we’ll never have enough.
In reality, we have plenty!
We have an abundance of love, gratitude, and connection with one another. And, to us, those are the things which matter the most.
How do you live simply? Are there ways in which you want to simply your life? What goals is your family working towards?