Enlighten Your Body, Mind, and Soul

10 Ways To Live Better By Living With Less

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  1. Always bring your reusable bags shopping.  Keep a few in the back of your car.  Plastic litters the oceans, puts toxins in the atmosphere, and can take thousands of years to degrade.
  2. Reduce packaging.  Grow your own garden.  Buy bulk.  Eat fresh, unpackaged whole foods.  Avoid products that are double wrapped with plastic, and take the time to contact the manufacturers about their waste.  You might get a thank you for saving them money!
  3. Think twice before you buy.  The more “stuff” you buy, the more clutter you will have in your life.  Make sure every item you buy is worth its carbon footprint.  When you want some “thing” at the store, go home and research: where and how they are made, what the reviews are, and price.  You might check Craigslist to see if you can get a better deal.  If in 48 hours, if you still really want the item, chances are, it will still be there.
  4. Drive less.  Walking and biking are not only great forms of exercise, they make the world and your wallet “green”.  It is fun to slow down and see the world, while reducing pollution.  Employers may compensate employees for these modes of alternative transportation, including ride-sharing, taking the local transit.  Additionally, insurance companies will often give drivers discount for reduced mileage on their vehicles.
  5. Reuse your glass bottles and Paper.  Recycle everything else.  Many plastic bottles leach BPA.  You can use glass jars for storing Kombucha, Sauerkraut, freezer jam, and soups.   There is no need to buy water bottles, when you can reuse wine and juice bottles.  Cardboard and paper are great for sheet mulching in the garden.  Non-meat food items are great for composting.  Aluminum and steel cans can be donated to local schools for money.  Make sure to follow you local waste company’s policies on recycling to ensure everything ends up where it belongs.
  6. Buy Local.  Buying local supports the economy, reduces your carbon footprint, and results in better quality.  Buying foods without wrappers is better for the earth.  Help support your local farmers markets.  They might just save the community if there is ever a disaster in the commercial food supply.
  7. Grow Your Own Garden.  A little space, some good compost, and some local non-GMO seeds can produce alot of food.  Start with easy vegetables like Kale, Onions, Garlic, Beets, Chard, Spinach and Lettuce.  They are low maintenance and taste so much better right from the garden.  A fresh salad every day will take your health a long way.
  8. Consider Eating In.  Preparing your own food saves you money, and might even save you time from driving to a restaurant and waiting to be served.  You’ll know what the ingredients are, and with all the money you saved, you can probably even afford to splurge for an organic bottle or wine or make a nice fresh fruit salad for desert.  Why not have a game night or a movie while you are at it, and avoid the unsafe drivers.  Potlucks with friends are the best!
  9. Learn to Cook, Mend Your Clothes, Change Your Oil, Cut Your Hair, Clean Your House, and Perform Basic Home Maintenance.  Or swap these services with a friend who can.  Our ancestors knew how to take care of everything they owned.  Become empowered and learn to be independent.  You’ll be glad you did.
  10. Remember that the time you spend working is spending life energy.  How much of your life energy is that shiny new car worth?  Are working those weekend hours to pay for your new prize going to make you happier than spending Saturday fishing from the boat you carried in your old pickup truck?  Material items usually don’t last as long as memories.  Most of us have to work to provide income for basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.  Spending less on frivolous things andaving for hard times make sense.  So, wherever you are working, make sure you are enjoying it.  Life is short, and never guaranteed.

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