Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Changes for the good
It's been six months now, since I started my new lifestyle so it seems appropriate to reflect on how my life has changed. If nothing else, it will provide an excellent benchmark for me to look back on.
Mostly I have gained:-
My health is considerably better
I have lost some weight
My sanity is mostly restored!
I am much more resilient to enable me to deal with the stresses and strains of life
It's been liberating not shopping so often, but also being able to go into a shop and not want anything
I have had much more time for me
I have had the opportunity to try new crafts and be creative
I'm a nicer person to be around
I'm more in control of the house and finances
I have spent a lot less money - I really enjoy having a cash budget!
I am much more aware of the benefits of frugality, both for me and mine, but also for the planet as a whole
I have made bread again and yoghurt for the first time
I'm baking again
I am leading a greener lifestyle
I'm proud of my achievements so far
I have been encouraged to try new skills and experiment
I could probably go on as the benefits are innumerable, but I won't list them all!
The things I miss?
There's very little actually, but I'd did feel a little sad the other day whilst strolling around the quaint shops in Howarth, that I might have liked to have bought myself something hand crafted. On reflection, I probably should have, because it brought me joy each time I saw this little pottery bird in the window and it was hand made and gorgeous, but it's a good lesson and next time I might act differently. I certainly DON'T miss mindless spending!
The next stage will be to increase our self sufficiency by growing more of our own food and introduce more savings on water and power. I think I may get two more chickens to keep me provided with enough eggs. We need to work on building our pot of savings so I may need to be more inventive in ways of shaving off excess spending!! It seems that every month, we seem to have unexpected hefty expenditure which decreases the amount I can squirrel away!! I will persevere though because, as they say, every little helps!
If anyone has any tips, they would be gratefully received!