Friday, September 29, 2017

Keeping It Simple

How do you define simple? I like to think of it as the opposite of complicated. Complicated to me is confusion, chaos, and downright tiresome. Simple is peaceful, calming, and rewarding. I know lots of folks who seem to think that in order to be simple, they have to give up modern conveniences. In some instances I agree, but not always. I believe that each individual has to find their own balance of old and new. I also think that finding the balance is important, but tricky. There is no "right" or "wrong" way to find happiness in a simple lifestyle. On this journey of learning about sustainability, I've had many trials of finding what works for me. And despite my best efforts, I haven't got where I want to be yet. But the trip has been so worth it. If someone had told me ten years ago that one day I would be milking my own goat, I would have laughed while I showed them the shelf full of non-fat ultra-pasteurized "fortified" dairy products in my fridge. But maybe skim milk is your thing. Maybe you ride a bicycle or horse everywhere you go. Maybe you sew all your own clothing. Maybe you butcher your own alligators for supper. There are just so many things!

Next week I'm going to share a short series of ways we like to keep it simple. Who knows- maybe you'll see something you'd like to try. Maybe you'll know a way to do things better. Maybe you'll think we're off our rocker. Stop back by to see.


  1. Looking forward to it! I consider much of what I do to be "simple living". Others look at it as hard work. Milking goats is the way I start my day; then I stroll through the garden, pulling a 5-gallon bucket full of weeds to toss to the chickens. I also pick any fruits or veggies that need harvesting. It's peaceful and soul-satisfying. Love this simple life!


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