A list of simple things here and there.
1. Simple food. It seems people either love rhubarb or hate it. I fall into the camp of love and have been especially enjoying simply rhubarb with maple. Mmm, so good.
1. Simple distraction. I’ve been a bit distracted these days, which is why I’ve been away for so long. Most of the distractions aren’t simple, nor necessarily fun, but no matter what life throws at me one of my favorite distractions is reading books. The most recent book I read was The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America by Mark Sundeen. The author shares the stories of three families, who have radically departed from cultural norms to live with intent and authenticity. This Huffington Post article gives a good synopsis and interview with the author. I highly recommend the book – it’s given me a lot of food for thought.
Today I’m excited to bring you a guest post from Jane, of the Fairdare blog. Jane is an expert on ethical and sustainable clothing. Several readers have asked about ideas and sources for synthetic-/plastic-free athletic wear. I asked Jane for help, and she didn’t disappoint. She has a fantastic list to help us eliminate plastic from our wardrobes. Thanks, Jane!
1. Simple library. The home we’re moving to in a couple months is surrounded by wilderness. One of my intentions is to be a steward of the land. Taking the job seriously, I think it important to have a rich understanding of the native flora and fauna. One tool I’ll be using to deepen my knowledge of and connection to the natural surroundings is to establish a practice of nature journaling. In anticipation I’ve been reviewing library books on the subject to help me choose one to add to my library. My absolute favorite has been The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling. I also enjoyed Keeping a Nature Journal, but one book will do.
I’m moving in June and although I’ve been actively preparing for months, it seems I’ve been anticipating it for years. This move represents more than just a new address. It’s a chance to pull down the cobwebs collecting in the corner and start fresh. In preparation I’m going through my biggest clutter cleanse yet.
When I first started replacing Tupperware, Ziploc containers, plastic bags and wrap with plastic-free food containers I did what a lot of people do. I bought a large set of Pyrex glass containers with plastic lids. (It’s easy to ignore those plastic parts.) I use those containers daily, but if I had it to do over I’d buy something different or nothing at all. The plastic lids on those Pyrex containers become brittle and crack, eventually making their way to the landfill. You can buy replacement lids, but in my experience they don’t fit as well and have an even shorter lifespan.
1. Simple gratitude. My three-year-old communicates mostly with sign language and some spoken words. The other morning I handed him a banana and then turned my back to him to continue making breakfast. He yelled out, “mama…Mama….MAMA!” It took repetition and volume before I looked back to him. He wanted my attention not because he needed something, but because he wanted to tell me something. He simply signed the words “thank you” to show gratitude for the banana. Children have so much to teach us, if only we pay attention.
It’s with great pleasure to bring you a guest post today by Jane, author of the Fairdare blog. There are few blogs that speak to me as consistently and powerfully as Jane’s. She’s a change-maker that brings me hope through her actions and words. For further inspiration, please read on!
Hello! It’s exciting to be in this space today, and it’s an honor to be invited to share a little about the Fairdare here! Julie and I share so many of the same values: a love for zero-waste, simplicity + beauty found in the little things. One of the best things about writing + putting it out there into the vast unknown is making connections with like-minded people who become friends every bit as real as if we were able to sit down for a cup of tea together. Julie is one of those friends for me! I love reading about other’s simple pleasures and especially getting to peek inside their closets (invited, of course). 🙂
I’m phasing plastic (as much as I can) out of my life. However, I don’t want to leave the impression that I’m rounding up every bit of plastic and hauling it to the trash bin or unloading it all at the thrift store. I’m taking a slow and thoughtful transition.