Freebie in post below this one...this post is just some thoughts etc.
ok...so just a little rambling here from me.
I am a consumer. I loveeeee to shop. I love to get new things. I equally love to get "new" things from the thrift store. But I get things we do not need. When I grocery shop....same thing. I impulse buy.
Since I have had children...a little seed has been growing in my head. And growing. And growing.
Here is what is going on in my head.
We need to stop being such consumers.
We need to recycle more. Much more.
We need to Give to people who have less than us.
We need to walk more, less driving.
I need to write letters or call...means so much more than an email (to some)
I need to buy as much as possible second hand.
I need to garden
Some other things going through my head.
As much as I love living where I can just go to the store etc...I would really love to have a piece of land. To build our own home. To have a huggggeeee garden to grow food. To look out and see nature. To be able to let the boys have some room to run.
I would love to live in a community where we are friends. I long for talks over coffee or juice. For bbqs and game nights. For sewing circles (yes you heard me...sewing circles. I want to learn to sew, ;) ). I am just so needing more of a connection in this age of computers and all. Don't get me wrong. I have met some amazing people all over the world that I never would have met...but I so need some face to face time, kwim. maybe I need to start a commune, lol ;)
I feel trapped in a mind that longs for two different worlds. And when I feel this way...my first impulse is...to do nothing. My laziness makes me just say...oh well...not much I can do about it. I will just keep doing what I have been doing. It is too hard to change the world.
But why do I feel I need to make HUGE changes all at once to be effective? Why can't I start small and be ok with it? Go to the thrift store and buy some canvas bags. Use those when I go to the grocery store instead of paper or plastic bags. Make a schedule for my computer and tv time. Recycle more...and not just the city approved things but clothes, toys, books, magazines etc.
I really am going to start trying to change this. Only buying the things we need and buying second hand every time possible. To start getting out in the real world more. I already joined my book club, so that is a start. I am also organizing monthly game nights with friends, neighbors and family. Brandon and I have been spending a lot of time thinking and talking about all of this lately. I really feel that the time is now to take action. The boys are little men now (5 and 3). They are watching the way I live and learning from me. I need to walk the walk. I need to teach them what I feel is important...even if it is as I am trying to learn what it is myself.
Here are some sites I have been checking out and enjoying on the subject. I am learning about what I really want to do. NOt ready to give it all up nor am I willing to keep being the way I am. Moderation and simple changes. that is what I want.
Consumption REbellion--she has everything from her journey to sew, not buy new, recipes for making own beauty products to why we shouldn't buy certain chocolates due to child labor to Greed and Oil.
Live simply but elegantly
share with me your thoughts and finds etc please