What would downsizing your life mean for you
As my friend and I walked and talked about our lives recently we realised how much we’d like to spend more time in nature, growing food, doing yoga etc.
I began my ecoactive journey as a result of wanting to meet like minded people and get inspiration on how to live a happier, more fulfilling life that allows nature to be a big part of every day. When I did my 2 week EcoTour in 2014 I had such an amazing experience. I saw the beauty of places I had never visited before; Leitrim – Magnificent and wild west-ish, Sligo – so fresh and exciting, Meath – reminded me of France!, mystical Waterford, beautiful Kerry, Galway and Cork – those sheep that you always see in typical Irish postcards – they exist! I came home invigorated, inspired and raring to go!
Unfortunately, as a home buyer of the boom my financial circumstances dictated I dedicate 65 hours a week out of a 5 day allowance of 80! However, I have since managed to take control of this and absolutely LOVE my little cottage.
Thankfully I have never let go my dreams of living life the way I FEEL I need to live it – less consumption, more time in nature, less ‘stuff’ more time. Time. Time to meet friends, family, new people. Time to learn how nature works through observation. Time to cheer up someones’ day. Time to cook and bake. Time to build,Time to make music, Time to sew, Time to fix that gate! Time to THINK! Time.
I know lot’s of us feel like this and many have so many commitments it can seem impossible to imagine ever getting ‘free time’ but by consciously making the decision to use what time you have for the things that REALLY make you happy you can be sure that you’re on the right path.
For eg, instead of accepting a night in front of the TV why not meet your mates for a theatre or comedy show? You will spend about the same amount of time but have made memories, deeper connections and laughed or cried (depending on the show you choose lol)!
Shopping is another thing that can waste a lot of time. Make sure to only buy what you need and not what is being advertised in your face all day every day. Do you really need another pair of trousers/dress/top/shoes? Plan your grocery shopping with a list that covers your meal plans for the week and don’t dilly dally! In and out. done. More time to spend doing things you really enjoy. Of course it’s possible that you enjoy shopping – in which case, fine. #HappyOut.
If any of this hits home with you I suggest you check out this nice overview of downsizing from shalommama.com where she shares her own experiences and asks to consider 7 reasons why downsizing for a simpler life might be for you:
- Health – Just like Shalommama I now have time to research and implement the things I learn about, like real food and essential oils”.
- Creativity – Shalommama points out how creativity fuels creativity – it’s so true, when I get the chance to actually make something I find the whole process so satisfying and inspiring.
- Stress – Whilst I find that Yoga and Spinning help alleviate stress for me I still don’t need to be doing so many of the things that I am still doing for others. Time to reassess.
- Relationships – What works against relationships more than money! I’d rather spend more time walking and talking and hanging out together than worrying about money. Try giving one another a massage or just dedicating an hour or two to things they like doing. Thankfully we both love to garden so a day pottering about in the garden is a joy!
- Freedom – Freedom from expectations – Many of our expectations for ourselves are made by ourselves – be kinder to yourself. It’s a crazy busy world out there.
- Money – I love Shalommama’s line of “You can’t spend yourself out of financial stress”. Having a better insulated home, less petrol requirements, growing more of my own food etc will also mean less money spent or needed. I’ve made a plan, I am implementing it. How about you? What do you think downsizing might mean for you?
Read Shalommama’s article here >>