In a conversation with a couple of friends the other night I realized just how much my lifestyle can sometimes be the butt of many jokes. For many years I’ve been called a “tree-hugger” or a “hippie” or an “environmentalist”. Although I don’t consider any of these terms negative, I never consider myself any of them. I just live my life the only way I know how, and that’s simply. I like cooking whole, natural foods from scratch. I like buying things from thrift stores. I like not drinking water from plastic bottles and using linen napkins instead of paper. I don’t mind doing a little extra laundry so that my baby girl can have cloth diapers, and I don’t mind the funny looks from my husband when I tell him the watermelon peels don’t go in the trash, they go in the compost.
It’s crazy to me that when I tell people that we do these things they think it’s just a waste of time or that I’m missing out on something. Missing out on what? Convenience? Then why is it that I never feel inconvenienced? The truth is I think it’s just the opposite. I feel that making an effort to be aware of what resources I use and how I use them make me more mindful of my everyday choices. I think it helps me realize that every choice I make has an impact, and that every decision can matter. I live a life that feels full and meaningful because it doesn’t revolve around quantity or “convenience”, but quality and memorable experiences.
I recently came upon this website. I find it so inspiring, and a good reminder that we can always do more. This family is amazing. If you don’t find it inspiring, hopefully you’ll at least find it interesting.
PS - The photo above is just a random photo from my birthday a couple years ago when Evan surprised me with a trip to Zion. It was probably the best birthday ever.