Could you Buy Nothing New?

Intentionality has become a big driver in my journey to simple living and I've set a few intentions for myself this New Year - nothing too strict, just a few reminders of what I'd like to make time for and prioritise. Truth be told, I am absolutely useless at keeping resolutions and setting myself goals. As soon as I write them down and set myself milestones toward achieving them, my inner teenager rebels, and I end up having a petulant argument with myself. 

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Why living The Simple Life isn't a simple life...

When I was telling people what we were doing when we lived on the farm and grew veggies for a living, I swear people would practically swoon - "Oh my god, that sounds amazing. To just get up and potter in the veggie patch, bake bread, collect the eggs...where do I sign up?" was often the gist of it. And I have to admit that I certainly had rose coloured glasses about it all when we first moved too. It was a damn fine life, and yes, some days were just like the one described above...but around those days there were days that meant scrambled eggs for dinner because I hadn't baked bread or gone to the shops

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

"To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those things that have outlived their purpose"

 

I first heard of this little book when Jodi mentioned it in a post. Being the decluttering junkie that I am, I immediately added my name to my local library reservation list for the book, resisted buying it several times and impatiently waited. It finally arrived in my hot little hands about a month ago, and I devoured it in a day. And then re-read it a couple of weeks later. Yes, I am a nerd like that sometimes ;) 

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A Grown & Gathered Day

This weekend, the Husbo and I set our alarm for ridiculous-oclock and headed off in the dark down the freeway to visit the stunning Tahbilk Winery. (As an aside - I love a good roadtrip, even a freeway one - and seeing the sun rising behind Mount Buffalo made the early start particularly worthwhile. Roadtrips are something I need to do more of!). We were heading to Tahbilk to check out the closed-loop farming system being championed by Matt and Lentil Purbrick, the faces behind the brand Grown & Gathered. I've been following Matt and Lentil on Instagram and their site for a while now, and had even contacted them for advice last year about mulching in our market garden. I was keen to see first hand how they integrated their philosophies on sustainable resource use, minimal waste and living lightly in their home and farming enterprise.  

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22 Ways to Live a Little Lighter..

Lately, I've realised (with a start!) that our life looks suspiciously like I dreamt it would when I was sitting at my work desk under fluro lights in front of a computer a few years ago... When I actually stop to reflect on how different my life is now, and how well it has started to align with my values, I'm actually kind of astounded. And yep, the last 12 months on the farm has certainly played a large roll in that, but I can see now much more clearly how I could continue to be aligned if we were no longer living here or growing so much of our own food.  

Over time, simple changes made in our home have added up to big results - and I thought it would be good to share some of them with you, so that you too can start to make some simple changes (or keep adding to the changes you've already made). Below is a list of some of the changes we've made to how we live - I hope it inspires you work towards living a little lighter too!

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