Lately I have spent a lot of time thinking about the subjects of simple living and spending less. My husband and I are both cutting back our hours at our jobs in two more weeks, and I am both excited and apprehensive. Excited because I will have more time to devote to my family, our homestead, creative work, and of course, preparing healthy foods.
And I am apprehensive because we will be reducing our income. We have worked really hard to manage our budget, reduce our expenses, and the only debt we owe is the small mortgage on our home and land. We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our spending, but there are always those times when something unexpected comes up, and I suppose that is what worries me the most.
But, life is always changing, and for now, we are happy with where we are and grateful for the abundance of health, love, and beauty in our lives.
Here are some articles I thought you might enjoy:
Our journey from the hectic, consumer life to a simpler, more joyful life:
Living with Less – Choosing Voluntary Simplicity
Kris at Growing Wild Roots shares strategies and inspiration in her article Spend Less, Live More.
I enjoyed this article Kris wrote sharing the health benefits of spending time in nature. Even if you don’t live near a forest, spending time in nature can be therapeutic.
Susannah at Healthy Green Savvy offers a great resource for those of us considering investing in clean energy.
When we lived in the city, we found Community Supported Agriculture -CSA to be a great way to receive fresh, local produce during the growing season. Our CSA offered discounts for picking your own as things came into season. In this way, we were able to load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, and we learned to preserve for later with canning and freezing. Susannah sums up the benefits of joining a CSA.
Want to eat organic but think you can’t afford it? Think again. Jamie at the Herbal Spoon offers the best suggestions for eating healthy on a budget.
Speaking of healthy food, I was excited to find this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe using purslane. Purslane is a nutrition-packed weed and I allow small patches to grow in my gardens. Read about the health benefits of Purslane and Susannah’s recipe.
Did you know cinnamon does more than just add flavor? Sarah at Thyme to Embrace Herbs shares some of the benefits of cinnamon.
Sarah also shares information on another beneficial, and beautiful weed.
I don’t usually have a sweet tooth, but lately I have been all about the chocolate. Here is one recipe for chocolate lovers.
Chocolate is always a good way to end things, right?
~ In health and happiness,