|A tiny home in the woods is a
good way to live simply,|
but it's not the only way
Regardless of how you are achieving your small-footprint, more sustainable lifestyle, there are a few guidelines that may keep you on track.
Most importantly, your efforts should be voluntary. As a reader pointed out in a comment yesterday, it doesn't work if you feel like you are being bullied or shamed into your lower-impact life.
The Anti-Hoarder said, "I once had a friend who thought she could convince me to be vegan by telling me that I was "stupid" not to go veg. Well, she's not my friend anymore, and she didn't convince me of the virtues of the vegan life.
My sister in law has taken a much gentler approach and is having more luck pulling me over to her way of seeing things."
Lasting personal changes have to come from a deep desire within rather than from threats from outside forces.
Luckily, there are more carrots than sticks when it comes to living more gently. If your efforts to simplify are paying off you should notice some (or all) of the following:
- you are spending less
- you have more time to do things you want to do
- you experience spontaneous moments of creativity
- you are feeling healthier in mind and body
- your cognitive dissonance, or conflicted thinking about the environment, is dissipating
- you are walking, riding, and taking public transportation more often
- you are enjoying cooking and eating wholesome foods
- you are building a supportive community around you
- you are sleeping more and feel rested
- you have a growing desire to unload even more stuff
- your life is slowing to a livable pace
- people are noticing you are living differently and ask, "Why?"
- you are feeling content, and free from the effects of advertising
- your life feels right and natural, and brings you joy (thanks Poortorichadayatatime)
- you feel more in control
- you are thinking, "life is good", more often
- trees, small animals and children wave and sing as you take your daily stroll through your neighbourhood