It’s been a while since I posted here, mainly because I’ve been so busy dealing with LOTS of changes going on. I posted back in March (see “Living Simply, not Simply Living”) about our desire to simplify our lifestyle. In doing so, we put our 19 acre farm, 2400 square foot home on the market and sold it within 12 days! We bought our new house 2 days later!! And yes, to answer your question, we did drastically downsize.
Our new home (for our family of 4) is now 1500 square feet, corner lot of .28 acre. Am I ready for this? Yes and No. Am I excited for what opportunities this presents us? SURE! Do I know if I’ll survive in a small house with two VERY active little boys? Probably won’t. If I don’t blog anymore, you know the little hooligans have driven me to my doom.
This move also allows us to plant our family in a new town about an hour from our current home. It is near our most favorite spot in the world, near a River/State Park/National Forest. For outdoor enthusiasts such as us, this is a dream come true!! To be able to hike whenever we want, go fishing any day of the week…. This is amazing!
It is still hard to purge and declutter our life to fit into our new accommodations but it’s getting slightly easier. I think our mindset has changed. We look at everything now with a new perspective of whether it is necessary and/or will make our life better/easier/efficient.
Each item we purge and each box we pack is one step closer to achieving our dream and that is what keeps us excited for the future!
Are the times really changing, or are our lives so different now that we expect more? Do we deserve more than what we can pay for?
I’m sure that in 1905, the tent city was the swankiest accommodations in the area for common people. The tents are right on the beach and have some of the best access, but do you think that people would do this now? No, now the prominence is on the hotel, but notice in the background. The Hotel is there, but how full was it then with all of the tents in the foreground? Chances are that it was full, but not running over with customers of the average nature. What is the make-up of its clientele now?
Attitudes have changed drastically since 1905. There was so much expansion going on at the turn of the century. Industrialization had made travel on large scale possible. The nation was changing its attitudes about conservation versus using our lands for all the new industries that were spreading. (See Admirers vs Users) We are in much the same types of situations, we just haven’t realized it. We are still trying to find out who we are in relation to our planet; we are trying harder to live together in smaller spaces. Some of our population seems to be going off the deep end, while some of the most radical elements of society are willing to cause serious harm to prove their points.
We all cohabitate this space called Earth. A forest can exist near a river, a swamp near oceans and so on. We can live together in peace, knowing that our God made the world to live in harmony, so can we. We may need to adjust our attitudes of expecting so much down to what we need.
Find out what you need versus what you think you deserve today!