So this crunchy momma(google the term if you want to know more) has been busy snuggling with the new baby, homeschooling kids and trying to embrace the winter rhythm. I didn't realize how blessed I am with this till this past week. Someone mentioned how calm the baby and I are... it must just be me they said, that I am calm. Oh it was not always that way.... at least inside it didn't used to feel that way. My life was over-run with stuff, my day was over scheduled, I never felt like I had enough time, relations were strained and we were lucky if dinner made it on the table. As we made deliberate choices in life to live a certain way we could see ourselves getting more centered with all areas of life; spiritually(grounded/connected), mentally(calmer/less-stressed), physically(healthier/more energy) and our life in general.
So what do some of those choices look like...
- growing more of our own food(this is a work in progress)
- buy as much organic as possible(offers more nutrition and less chemicals)
- grouping errands so we only run once a week
- limit children's outside activities so they can actually have time to be kids and become less stressed adults
- embracing and investing in who God made us with our unique personalities(activities we are involved in reflect this like my daughter spinning wool, raising rabbits or my son with building)
- limit tv and video games(as they get older this has been a little harder)
- making things at home like foods, cleaning products, toiletries, cloths, baby items, gifts, etc.
- homeschooling(a routine and not a strict schedule)
- lessening our consumerism(buy less, buy local, buy natural, buy quality so it lasts longer, etc)
- Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse(upcycle), Recycle
- embracing the seasons by going with the cycles, eating seasonally, seasonal activities(bird watching, playing in the snow, knitting, quilting, snow shoeing, etc.) and gratitude for those changes
- sustainable practices like heating and/or cooking with wood, using less gas, taking fewer showers, buying food in bulk, canning, eating wild foraged/caught/killed foods, recycling oil for use in the tractor, etc.
- using natural whole food supplements, homeopathics, herbals, other natural remedies and getting plenty of rest