When we first started on our journey we had no idea there was a movement called “simple living” or “voluntary simplicity”. We just knew we were too busy, we spent too much money, we had too much stuff, and we were not doing enough for the environment. When I first started to look on the internet for ideas of things we could do and ways we could change I was shocked by the amount of information I found.
According to Wikipedia: Simple living is a lifestyle characterized by consuming only that which is required to sustain life. Adherents may choose simple living for a variety of personal reasons, such as spirituality, health, increase in ‘quality time’ for family and friends, reducing their personal ecological footprint, stress reduction, personal taste or frugality. Others cite socio-political goals aligned with the anti-consumerist movement, including conservation, degrowth, social justice, ethnic diversity and sustainable development.
What does simple living mean to me?
It means getting back to basics. Putting my energy into what is most important to me. Doing with less now so I can get what I really want later. Being happy with what I have. Making it my priority to spend as much time as possible with my friends and family that I love. Slowing down and enjoying life. Living in the moment rather than thinking about what is coming next. Finding balance in my life between work and play. Connecting with who I am. Giving back to my community. Being a conscious consumer. Purchasing only the necessities and donating what I do not need. Living authentically.