Monday, October 01, 2012

Minimalist Monday: Can You Live With Less And Be Happy?

Can you live in a smaller home than what you have now, if it meant you will be living in the exact neighborhood of the city of your choice?

Can you work for less money, if it meant you didn't have to sit in traffic for an hour or more just to get to your job 20 miles away, you could have your lunch at a park or beach across the street, or can work from home 3 or more days out of the week?

Can you stretch your grocery budget by $100 and eat out less, if it meant you would be eating healthier, non-GMO, organic, and all-natural foods?

Can you say good-bye to all of the inexpensive cleaning supplies under your sinks, in your laundry cabinets, and in the garage that contain harsh chemicals, if it meant you would only have a bucket (or less) of non-abrasive, toxic-free products?

Can you part with your personal hygiene items, hair products, and cosmetics, if it meant spending the same amount on Earth-friendly, all-natural substitutes?

Can you declutter your clothes and shoes closets and start removing items you haven't worn in ages or may never wear, if it meant slowly replacing your remaining wardrobe with pieces made with organic fabrics, all produced and manufactured in your home country?

Can you get around your city via public transportation, a bike, or walking? And if you do need a car, can you get by with just one vehicle for the entire family, if it meant lowering your fuel bill?

Can you limit your children's toys, clothes, shoes, and belongings to just the necessary few, if it meant your children will be surrounded with sustainable options?

Can you minimize your time indoors, on the sofa, at the malls, in front of the computer, if it meant getting to enjoy everyday everything the great outdoors has to offer?

Can you live with less and be genuinely happy? We have been living with less for awhile now, and we know we can simplify our lives even more. It's been a difficult last few years with lots of "Can we do this? Is this in our budget? Are we crazy?" questions going back and forth between my husband and me, but it's been all worth it. Do we regret it? Nope! Are we any happier? Let me ask you - wouldn't you be if it meant consuming all-natural foods, living in a non-toxic, chemical-free home? No one said it'll be easy, and I won't be the first to tell you it is. But once you get started, you will find that living sustainably spills over to all areas of your life - from your home to your work, from your food to your clothes, from your driving choices to your travel preferences. The hard part isn't continuing to make changes once you've started, it's taking the first step to saying, "I want to change. Where do I begin?"


Anonymous said...

Good questions....the hardest may be the toys!lol

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