Simple Living can be defined in many different ways, from simplifying your busy life in the city right down to starting a homestead and embracing a self sufficient lifestyle.
I happen to be a city-dweller who dabbles in self-sufficiency, you could call me a weekend homesteader. I grew up on a farm where we had cows, chickens, pigs, and a ton of dogs and cats to play with. I have very fond memories of the old ways… when I was very little we still had to run to the outhouse, and Im not THAT old! I consider myself the last of that dying generation of homesteaders.
Now I have revitalized my interest in going back to simpler ways, and want to share some of the considerations to explore if you are interested in adopting simple living. The first thing I am here to tell you… is that Simple Living is not always that simple! It can be labour intensive, in short, alot of work.
The first step to try this lifestyle on for size is to begin homesteading in place. You can adopt a homesteading in the city lifestyle. Select a few things you can do to get started that will build your confidence in your choice, such as a weekend trip to the country to forage for plants, or grow your own food, even on a limited scale.
In her book Natural Living, author Liz Wright shares some reasons for becoming self-sufficient. “With an increasing population and the constant demand for now shrinking resources, it makes sense to take back some control of the basic principles of life – food, warmth and shelter. Anyone can make a start whether they live in an apartment or on a farm by altering their way of life and living style.”
As you make lifestyle changes, the key to success in maintaining your lifestyle it is to connect with your deeper reasons for the choice. For example, you may want to learn to make cheese to avoid all the additives and chemicals in store cheese, but a few months down the road, you could become discouraged when faced with all the work involved, and find yourself just buying the cheese at the store.
When this happens, our human tendency could be to fall into judgement, and completely drop the activity. Avoid this by taking precautions: share with your tribe the reasons for your lifestyle choice, surround yourself with like-minded people who support and encourage your choice. This keeps the excitement flowing, and commitment to the change is continually revitalized. You could even create a buddy system, make the cheese with a friend at a regularly scheduled time. Set yourself up for success by keeping the habits ingrained in your schedule.