In a world that tells us what to wear, what to eat, what bra size we should be, what pay grade we should be at, what to drive, what to do for a living, who is worth our time, how we should parent… well, we decided to go back to the basics. Kind of, start from scratch. We were sick of society telling us what we can and cannot do. This is our journey to live simple and yours will look much different.
I am not a professional. Let me repeat that, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I do not have a degree in cooking, agriculture, organizing, or by any means, psychology. However, I feel like I know myself REALLY well. I know my family and what works for us. With that said, my background in self sufficiency is watching re-runs of Mountain Men. I have basic (my husband may disagree with this) cooking skills and gardening skills. I spend way too much money on crap. Yes, just plain crap. But I’ve heard, acceptance is the first step.
What I do know now is that I enjoy cooking. Crazy concept, I know. I do enjoy gardening. I do enjoy a minimalistic approach. I do enjoy reading versus screen time. I do enjoy playing in the dirt… with Brooks, of course. I do enjoy a well-kept house and sense of peace. These are all things I enjoy, and I would think most people do, too. So how do we keep getting caught up with too much crap and not enough time? I dare say, I’m about to find out on this journey. Continue reading “the beginning”
…and how I get ready in 15 minutes (including shower)
Ugh. I’d wake up and glare at the bathroom counter. So much hair product and styling tools and needless make-up. I don’t even wear make-up.
I came to the realization that I needed to decrease the time I was spending getting myself ready in the mornings. Not that I was spending a bunch of time doing so, but I despised the thought of getting ready in the mornings. I had flashbacks of when I used to have an office job (I’m a stay-at-home mom now) and I literally could have pulled my hair out thinking of all the time wasted trying to fix my hair.
So what did I do? Spoiler alert: boys have been hiding these secrets for centuries!
I started by shaving my head. Yep, that’s right, I shaved it off. Okay, really I shaved my head to raise funds for a charity, but none-the-less my hair was gone. I can remember my sweet, sweet stylist asking me, “Are you sure you want to do this?” and without hesitation I said, “Yes.” I sat in the chair with my long locks and had absolutely no second guesses. The buzzer came on and bye-bye went my hair. It was freeing and liberating. I had no connection to my hair. I didn’t cry or pout or think I was ugly. In fact, in that moment, I had never felt that beautiful in my entire life. Continue reading “Minimizing my Morning Routine”
Hygge is a fairly new term to me, but once I started to research it, I knew I needed more of it in my life. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a danish term for living comfortably and cozy in your everyday life. I find this definition quite vague and hygge is so much more than just being cozy. It’s a feeling of contentment. Feeling safe and satisfied in your surroundings. Being able to relax and unwind and just be you. It’s relationships and getting to know one another. It’s slowing down and making time for what’s important to you. You can’t buy hygge, you must feel it.
I suppose before I knew what hygge was, I was already embracing it. I just didn’t have the term coined. I was already doing things to simplify my life in order to have that feeling. If you embrace hygge as a lifestyle, it’ll come natural as opposed to thinking of it as an object you are trying to obtain. For example, planting a flower garden can bring someone an abundance of joy. It is a lot of hard work to start and to tend to, however, if you spend enough time caring for it, you will have beautiful flowers all season long. You can take a stroll in your flower garden or sit near it and admire your hard work. You can clip those flowers and make arrangements that you can give as a random gift to others or you can make your own bouquet and enjoy a fresh centerpiece on your kitchen table. Hygge is much more than a pretty flower in a vase; it’s rather a lifestyle that you form from all the things that strengthen your soul. Continue reading “20 Ideas to Inspire you to Embrace Hygge”
The plans for the new house were actually quite simple for us to dream up. It, of course, ended up being more square footage than we hoped for (930 sq ft on main floor with a finished basement), but we are happy with the layout of our smaller home. We focused mainly on an open floor plan on the main level and bedrooms in the walkout basement.
The biggest obstacle for me was the fact that I used to be a realtor, so the looming thought in the back of my mind was, ‘resale.’ There are some things that most people want in a home- three bedrooms, a bathroom for every bedroom, a fireplace, marble floors, media room, a pizza oven- the list is really endless. Once I got over that thought, I was able to focus on what WE wanted.
The Main Floor
One of the most important things for me was NOT having a dining room. In fact, I didn’t even want space for a dining room table. I was happy with a nice, large kitchen island that could be used for prep space as well as where we would eat. So many people tried talking us out of this, but we knew it was right for our small family. We decided that if we ever needed more seating that we could extend a fold-up table with fold-up chairs. The deck is also directly off from the kitchen, where we plan to have a table and chairs in the summer months. We want to enjoy the view and the outdoors as much as possible. We decided to have a dishwasher, although my mindset is so far from a dishwasher. We currently use one but I’d really like to wash the dishes by hand and save on water usage. We are putting one in for now. Continue reading “home, sweet, home”