When I began blogging I was seeking a connection missing in my life. I had made what most people thought was a drastic change, when for me it felt like a normal transition. To say I knew absolutely nothing about blogging would be an understatement. :-)
Looking back at my earliest posts, they were pretty good but it wasn’t what I was passionate about. The process which led me to where I am was just the journey. Yes, decluttering and searching for a home was the journey but behind the journey was my desire to embrace my deepest values. Those values came from my early childhood, the examples I saw from my elders, meeting a few Native Americans who shared their passion for Mother Earth and lived a simple life where people came before things.
I was born a quiet environmentalist. Over the years the choices I made in my life came from my feelings about the environment yet I kept very quiet about my views to those around me as no one else seemed to share my beliefs.
As I continued to blog, you helped me to feel comfortable enough to open up. I finally came “out of the closet” and let it be known why I chose to live as I do. The best part is not one of you ever judged or criticized me for my views. This was a first for me.
Your acceptance has emboldened me to open up around my community and let people see the real me. The one that puts family and the environment first. As a result I have a lot of things in the works at the moment. I am busy working to restore the bed frame that was found in the trash. At the same time I am giving a friend’s kitchen a face-lift, my hands are getting a work out. :-) There are a few little tweaks around the apartment and I am getting the seeds ready to start for the garden and organize some real landscaping. I am also working on a layette for the newest grandchild who will be here in August.
But the biggest project I am working on at the moment has me excited and is taking a lot of time. Most of my trash collection happens in May when the university closes. I have family and friends who help me to collect as much as I can restore or find homes for. I knew there had to be a better solution than my trying to save everything myself. I have a plan I hope solves the trash situation at the end of the semester.
I have organized a group of people who will help me to publicize and organize a charity sale. We have an outdoor venue where students can drop off anything they would have put in the trash. This location is in close proximity to the majority of the dorms and apartments. I won’t kid myself that even that will convince some students it is better to drop off their belongings rather than dump them at the bin closest to their door. For that we have come up with a few incentives. :-) I can’t share these as they aren’t finalized yet.
And so it is time. Time to say good-bye, at least on a regular basis. I don’t know that I have anything new to add to living sustainably in the modern world. What else can I say that is completely new and unique on the subject of green living? While writing Living Simply Free I have eliminated a lot from my life; my car, refrigerator and a stove, and found more enjoyment in life. Where there was an overgrown field filled with trash there is now a community garden and seating areas for residents to be closer to nature. You followed me along as I explored each subject, thank you.
I will leave the blog up and hope it continues to bring inspiration to anyone seeking ideas they may not have considered. From time to time I may stop back and update you with news, only time will tell.
One of the things I have missed recently is the time to really spend visiting other blogs so I will be popping in to say hello as time permits. And I would love to hear from you so stay in touch. You can email me at loisfield12 at yahoo dot com.
it’s been a wonderful journey with you, thank you.