August Challenge; Thoughts on simple living.

August Challenge

So, it is august, and I have a new challenge I just started.

This one is a little bit bigger than most.

Recently, we (along with everyone else *Ha*) have been really getting into the whole de cluttering, minimal living thing.

It’s been great.

It’s lead me, AS ALWAYS, down a rabit hole which took me to the topic of Materialism.

And here we park for a while.

Guys, I am just done with STUFF.

I don’t want it, I don’t need it. I’m done trying to fill myself with it and trying to buy happiness.

I want to just live, and live well. To have experiences and freedom and simplicity.

I’m sick of being told I need the NEXT BIG THING.

That I can HAVE IT ALL NOW.

That my life could look like hers, or his or theirs.

Cause here is the truth:

I don’t need it, I CANT get it all now and it wont look like theirs. And, more than that, I dont want it too.

What’s more, as a christian, I find Materialism something God isnt super happy with. He speaks a lot about wealth, greed, having to much and possessions. Jesus has a lot to say on this topic too. Matthew 6v19, Mark 8v36, Luke 12v15, Matthew 6v30 and the list goes on.

Now i’m not AT ALL saying we can’t have things, or that having money, possessions ect is bad. Just that we need to watch how we treat them, how much we have and if we really need it.

A few thoughts on these topics;

First, we can loose our focus on Him.
When we are so wrapped up in our possessions and this way of thinking, they can quickly become idols in our lives, and this is not a good thing.

Second: We take things for granted and look past our blessings.
We start thinking, if only we HAD more, without realizing that God gives us everything we really need. We start looking at our blessings as if we “deserve” them in some way. We loose our sense of gratitude.
If you are reading this, I can tell you are already richer than most people in the world, simply because you have some type of electronic device and internet. Food for thought.

Three; We are trying to fill a void that is for God and better things.
Often we buy and buy and buy to get a sense of peace, happiness and self worth. We buy more clothes to feel better about ourselves, more gadgets to prove we are “cool” a new car to look good and the like. If this is what we use to try and find answers to those questions, they will be very fleeting, if we find them at all.

Instead, lets focus on what GOD and our true friends say about us, get out peace and happiness from HIM, from our experiences and friendships and NOT from possessions, realizing that we are so SO much more than what we have.

Four *and this one is a big one*;
Many of the things we buy come from places, made by people and in conditions that should make us mad and sad.
There is SO much to be said on this topic, and I wont go into it here, but the more research I do in this area, the more madder and sadder I get. And I am convinced that God is just as mad and just as sad.

There is many many things I could say on this topic, and if you have questions comments and the like feel free to comment or email me (newlittlewife@hotmail.com)

But all this leads to this challenge, which I heard about somehow and loved.

Im not super sure what its actually called (maybe someone can come up with a name?!) but here is the idea.

Buy nothing.

And what that means is, apart from food and gas and paying your rent, you buy nothing.

You take a look at your bills, get rid of the ones you don’t need and cut down were you can and buy nothing extra.

Extras are things like clothes, shoes, things for the house, tea pots and furniture.
No new games, books or songs. No starting gym memberships or extra classes. No date nights to the movies or dinners out.

You buy ONLY what you need, and leave the rest.

We are on day five, and planning on doing it for *Hopefully* eight weeks. Eeek.

There are a few reasons we are doing this;

Obviously it’s cheaper and saves money, but as mentioned above we want to get out of the mindset of materialism and find value in other things, like being with friends, having experiences and simple living. We want to try and focus more on what IS important and spend our time more wisely.

So. Anyone want to join me? Ha. 

But really… having people doing it too makes it easier, so feel free to join the challenge. I would love others to talk to, walk with and lean on on this journey!

If you have ever done this, please be a doll and give advice or tips;)

As always, i’ll be updating you all as we go along on how we are doing, what our thoughts are and what we are getting out of it.

Here we go kids.

Love,

New Little *August-Challenge* Wife

Trash: Update One

Welcome to our first update for our trash mission. *If you have no idea what Im talking about, head over here and see!*

Well, we have been trying to live trash-less for just over a week now, and its been.. hard. It takes a lot of thought at the moment. Im hoping that it as it become a habit, it gets easier! Haha. But we are still trying, and see how we go! Right now, I have found four easy things we are working on. Rather than just getting rid or every single, we have been focusing on these four.

This first is FOOD. America wastes 40% of the food it produces. FOURTY PERCENT goes unit, un cooked and in the trash. Really?!? Gosh. So. We are trying to cut back on our food waste.  Trying to use every last leftover and vegetable. There are a heap of meals you can make with leftovers, some of my favourites are soups, fried rice and even pasta with veggie thrown in. Its seems to be crazy one country can throw so much away while another staves. Its seems so insane. And I’m looking forward to a time when that will be fixed. But for now, lets cut back on this throw away culture and use only what we need, and use it all.

The next thing is simply getting rid of plastics. We have almost entirely got rid of all our plastic conatiners and switched to glass ones. The same with ziplock bags, I still have some for my freezer meals, but apart from that, we try to use glass. Glass water bottles, containers and cups. No only is it better for you and the world, its cheaper in the long run! Win Win.

We are also working on taking bags. Every where. So instead of using plastic ones, we take reusable one. And put or produce in them. I forget the semi regularly, and I get annoyed when I do, but I’m working on it! I did find a design for some material bags to put fresh produce in, which Im hoping to make! Ill let you know if I do. They will be very… basic.. My sewing skills are some what limited. Haha.

Lastly, Just doing the three R’s. Channeling Jack Johnson here. Ha. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Before I throw it away, thinking of these three things. Can I reuse it? Can I recycle it? Or even, do I need it/to buy it again? I feel like if we did this, we all would drastically reduce our waste.

So far, these are only small steps, but I’m hoping it gets easier, simpler and healthier. Gotta start somewhere huh?!

Anyone else got any other tips or ideas? And if you wanna take this challenge with me, its not to late! Comment below and we can go trash-less together!

Love,

New Little *Trash-Free* Wife

Mission: Trash.

Trash. We seem to have tons of it. Like. Tons. More than I think two people should have. And I just don’t even know where it even comes from!?

Anyway, at our front door we have a “spot” where we put the trash to sit before someone takes it to the dumpster. It has been known to sit there for a while. Ha.

The other day, I had had it. I was just done with the massive pile of trash by the door.

All. The. Time.

And, I got to thinking. I started thinking about how much trash and rubbish and just “stuff” we throw away, every year, every month, every day.
And I was shocked, when for one day, I actually took notice. I noticed how quick the bin filled with papers, plastics and scraps, I noticed all the “packaging” of products and all the other “bits and pieces”. Its crazy. And its just not good. Not good for the earth, for animals, for us and for out minds to get into the habits of just using things and chucking them away.

So, I declared, to Seth, that we were going to go trash free. It sounds ridiculous. But, really, its not.
I did a little research and found a website of a woman who has actually done it. She went trash free!

Anyway, our new mission is to try an limit our trash, I don’t think we can quite get as little as she can, but we are going to try and reduce it, significantly.

We are going to try and recycle more, compose and buy reusable type things like glass jars, wooden or metal kitchenware, and make some of our own products. *I actually already do the last one, but sometimes I get lazy, and buy them. Ha.*

I will try and keep you updated along the way as we seek to slim down our trash.
Were going to just take it slow and make little changes, but hopefully, we will get there. We are excited to try it, and to see how it works. Im hoping to helps simplify our house a little too!

If anyone would like to take this challenge with me, let me know! Id love to have ideas and tips!

Love,

New Little *Trash-Free* Wife

April Attitude.

So, This month I’m going to have a mission. And its going to be about changing my attitude. And Ill tell ya why.

Know, I don’t know about you but the other day I was taking stock of my thoughts, and my life { sounds all very deep doesn’t it.. Ha!} and I realised, I was mostly thinking about negative things. This kinda surprised me. And I thought to myself, Well thats stupid! Why should I be so negative! {And don’t get me wrong, its not like I was moping around and crying, or even being sad all the time!}

But I caught myself a few times thinking things about me, or people, places or life in a negative way.. And that kinda surprised.. well me! And I realised that when Seth came home, often I was start with the BAD things about my day rather than the BRILLIANT. And that when someone asked me how I was, It was always, “well, we have been crazy. Half a million things to do, theres not enough time, so & so did this, and forgot that, blah blah blah.”

So I thought, Hold on a sec here. I have GOT to change that.  And so Im going to try. No. I am GOING to change it.

Enter: April Attitudes.

For the month of april, I have set myself a little challenge. Im going to become more positive. Im going to start with the brilliant and maybe say two of the bad. Im going to tell people I’m doing awesome, because I’m alive and well and its been amazing weather, altho we have been busy, but thats ok. Im going to seek to find the beautiful, not the boring. See the Good, not the bad, See the glorious, not the glum.

And that doesn’t mean if I have had a bad day, I can’t tell somebody. It just means I have to do it in a way that’s not so negative. And if I am mad, or annoyed, to think about if its really important. Because often the things we get hung up about, are, in the end, so ridiculous.

So. Here I go, On this journey, trying to be brighter, happier and way more positive. I totally invite you to join me if you would like! Lets help each other out!

There is a beautiful verse i’m going to share, because, on this first day of april { & of my mission!} I think its going to be so encouraging.

Finally, Brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, is there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.                                                                                                      Philippians 4V8

Love,

New Little *Attitude-Changing* Wife

If you would like to take the challenge with me, comment below and we can do it together! Plus, offer up thoughts, advice, suggestions or help. I would love to hear it all!