Week 40: Back to Reality

sleeeeepPIN ITLike any wonderful thing that you spend days or weeks or months preparing for – when it’s over it feels like it was nothing more than a blink of an eye. Bo and I are resettling back into our everyday life, and soon enough the blog will return to normal after we’ve taken a little more time to find our feet a bit. We are moving into a beautiful new house sit today as we continue the transitional accommodation part of this project – something we will be talking about a lot more over the next two weeks as we look back on the past few months of juggling space and sharing homes and exploring new lives.

I’m back at work already and Bo is back in her usual routine of playing and painting and driving me crazy as a toddler should, the beauty of our simple life pulls us back into it’s gentle rhythm and grounds us back where we belong.

This year has been quite an amazing experience for us, it’s been transformative for me as a person, but it’s becoming more and more important for me to look outwards again and to you. I want to transform the world, one little tiny step at a time and I’d love your input! So many things we do we learn from the people around us, and I’m hoping that here we can start teaching each other a bit more about living simple, connected, conscious lives… is there anything that you would like to know to help you make changes in your own life towards a lower consumption, lower waste and more connected household? Do you have any great ideas that could help others?

Hit me up with your questions and your ideas!

Let’s make a little magic happen!

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  • October 8, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Bek - Hi Sash,
    Congratulations on your recent TED talk. I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and I am so happy that your message is finding an even wider audience, as it deserves. On Boxing Day last year I made a private vow to live more simply and to reduce my consumption for 100 days. At day 49, after a great effort, I lapsed ever so slightly and was so hard on myself after that, that I abandoned the whole project. However, after discovering your blog, you inspired me to get back on track and that’s exactly what I’ve done for the past few months. With 5 children (aged 1-10) we find that we are still needing to buy new things from time to time, however we are buying much less, and have given away so many items we just didn’t need that were cluttering our lives. So, thank you for the inspiration and your thoughtful posts that have kept me focused and determined to make this big life change. The issue I am still struggling with however is gifts. I love to craft and have so far been able to hand make many of the gifts that we have needed to give, however, it is very time consuming and with Christmas coming up, the list is long. What is your approach to giving gifts to special people in your life?ReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Alicja - Maybe you can say a little bit about what skills you’ve gained through the project, how you are feeling about material possessions in general right now and how you talk to Bo about the nothing new project; I’m also curious how you will go about Christmas and giving presents? Do you think that giving presents is an important part of building relationships/community? Also, do you think that social media can help us build strong communities?
    These are just a few questions that come to my mind. Thank you for sharing your ideas – they are really refreshing. AlicjaReplyCancel

  • October 8, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Andrea - My question/quest how does one develop community of similar focus while in a tiny geographic community that seems to swing in a completely opposite array. Seeking a community of others via social media, is it legitimate community? Does it negate community by moving past the geographic community we are currently in? How to navigate simple day to day events like classmates birthday parties with graced and not being too extreme. How to find the courage amongst the small town scrutiny to stand ground for our less than mainstream ideals while maintaining good ties with neighbours? How to move past the siren call of “more, more, more brands, plastic crapp, and room to house it all” into a more grounded, sentient state, all while not coming across as a granola nerd.ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2014 - 3:49 am

    domestic kate - Like others have said, I’m curious about how to basically live *with* everyone else in society but not live *like* them. I read blogs written by people who’ve basically opted out of society to live on a farm or something, which is great but not the right choice for me. Do you see yourself as still living alongside most people in public but making personal choices that are different, or do you see yourself as having left mainstream society altogether? Do you think people should adapt and grow within mainstream society or forget it and start fresh in a totally new environment?

    I also would love to see more how-to stuff about your daily problem-solving. Do you mend clothes? Are you handy at fixing things? How did you acquire those skills? How do you find like-minded people to rely on and to be your community?

    Thanks for writing and sharing your life with us. You are inspirational.ReplyCancel

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