We were whiling away the hours on our sailboat, enjoying a leisurely breakfast in the morning sunshine, when my wife Jodi suggested we take a drive to check out a new place where...
Simple living isn’t just about asserting your independence and minimizing the stresses of over-complicated modern life. It’s also about learning to live in conjunction with the Earth and Sun; not spiritually…but practically, using the natural resources provided to us to enhance our lifestyles.
Simple living means not just recycling, but reusing. You might compost all your leftover produce and use it to boost your new garden, or salvage wood scraps to build a chicken coop. The more you practice independence, the more you’ll find elements of simplified living that work in conjunction to save you time, money and resources. A small garden can help feed livestock, and livestock waste in turn can be used to re-fertilize your garden! Old tires can be turned into beehives, which will enhance flower beds through pollination!
Through simple living, we can reduce the amount of waste we produce and simultaneously cut costs by buying less “new things”. This might even allow you the financial freedom to cut yourself off from the grid with personal utilities like solar power or a septic tank. No matter your end goal, simplifying your life will give you more personal control, while freeing you from some of the systems that want to hold you back.
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