Hello, this blog is about the attempts I’m making to simplify my life and my insights along the way. I’m a woman working the 9-5 in inner-city London, not a self-sufficiency guru living a rural utopia.
Nevertheless, I want to get closer to nature, grow some of my own food and learn to make and repair things. I want to reclaim my time and mental space for the important things, like creativity. So that I can connect with others, write and share poems and stories. As smart phones and social norms push us to spend the best part of our lives online, I’m looking for ways to make use of technology without being used by it. And I want to nurture the seeds of joy in my life.
I believe that simplifying is one of the most radical responses I can make to the current world order, a powerful way of saying ‘no, I don’t believe in this’.
My taking this step won’t change a global economic system which is destroying lives and ecosystems at an ever greater rate. But it’s one way of taking a stand and there are thousands, if not millions of us attempting this worldwide. Radically simplifying doesn’t have to require a country cottage and a TV franchise. We can start here, in the cities where most of us live, with all their myriad resources and problems.
These are the questions my blog explores:
How can I have a good life?
How can I play my part in helping change the system for the better without being overwhelmed?
How can I solve the conundrum posed so well by this cartoon?
I’ll be sharing mine, and others’ responses to this ever more urgent question. Sometimes it will be in a direct ‘top 10 how to’ way and other times the answer may be more poetic – or funny. Either way, I hope my blog will be useful and inspiring.
I want to learn from all the rest of you out there on the same path – what tips and inspiration can you share on simplifying your life or helping change the system?
I began this adventure as a total beginner experimenting with guerilla gardening, community activism, urban foraging, and a forest garden on my allotment. As time went on my blog has become more focused on reclaiming time, mindfulness and the healing power of nature.
Daring to have a go is part of the adventure and the power of what I’m doing, and all of us trying to simplify our lives all over the world.
As the world’s problems become more glaring, it can feel hard to keep the flame of courage and hope alive. A better world is possible, but how do we get from here to there? We’ll need to learn from and help each other, and that’s what this blog is about.