On Living a Self-Sufficient Life

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In today’s reflection, I will be talking about what my sister and I have been thinking about lately and trying to implement in our lives.

Recently, I have been reading about organization and tidying, and have become familiar  with Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up, and have since then have tried to simply my belongings and life.

We live in a world were we have instant gratification. If we want something, we can get it straight away, even if we don’t have the money.  Because of this mindset, many people buy things that they don’t actually need.  I know for myself, I am a package girl. If something has cute packaging I would buy the item just for the packaging, not to actually use it.

However, since graduating college and searching for ways to make  money  stretch further, I have been looking into sustainable living.  To grow our own food, make and reuse everything we have, to me is very rewarding and  also eco-friendly. I believe we live in the most waste producing era. Think about it, from fast food, to Starbucks coffee, even convenient packaged goods, all of those containers, cups, and wrappings have to go somewhere. When trash is taken away from the home, it is very easy to forget where the trash all goes.  But we do need to be more informed where our waste is going, and how we can limit that amount for the good of the environment.

So my sister and I decided to  limit our buying of one-time use items, such as cotton balls, q-tips, paper towels, napkins, etc, and start using  reusable alternatives, such as cleaning clothes, cloth napkins, canvas bags, and being very conscientious of what we are buying for ourselves.  Now we didn’t come to this mindset of living suddenly, it has been on our minds for quite some time now, and we are now ready to take the plunge and start getting the reusable items and stop some of the waste we produce.

So, maybe you can think about living a more sustainable life during your tea hour. It might not be easy at first, I know that I will have to get used to using cloth wipes, instead of using paper towels for cleaning, but it will be very rewarding knowing this is helping the environment.

I hope you enjoyed this reflection post, and I will see you soon,

Alyssa