- On a trip to Hartford, CT, I picked up a magazine from the airport called Organic Style. I was enthralled, and I read it until it went out of print a few years later.
- This new found appreciation of things organic led me to do a project on alternative energy for a college course, and sent me to the site for the Center for the New American Dream.
- From here, I learned about voluntary simplicity. I subscribed to a newsletter from SimpleLiving.net.
- In researching other sites like this, I found Shirley's blog (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity).
- At about the same time, at about 4 am one morning, I watched a 20 minute PBS special on Tasha Tudor. I was in love.
- From Shirley's blog, I found Mrs. Mordecai's blog Be-It-Ever-So-Humble.
- From Mrs. Mordecai, I was introduced to Mormon principles, including the idea of preparedness, which fell in line with my dream of self-reliance. And I found a whole bunch of other bloggers that I've come to respect.
- From there, I started my blog.
I can't nail down the time or place that most closely resembles the life I want to lead. I know that I want old trees, some meadowland/farmland, space for gardening. I want a solidly built house, with environmentally responsible electricity, heat, and water. I would love to have a pond of some form (especially one like Shirley's spring fed ponds). I would consider myself lucky to have chickens, sheep, and cows. Especially cows. I love them so :o) I'd like to keep bees, even though I'm mildly allergic. I want to have a cellar, with shelves of home canned goods lining the walls. I want to have homemade soaps and candles. A wood stove and/or fireplace would be amazing. I would be thrilled if I could have tap-able trees to make homemade syrup. I'd really love to learn to be alone and to be quiet. Growing up in the space age means that I have a hard time not multi-tasking. Even at this moment, I'm watching the History channel as I type.
Simplicity to me means knowing where things come from. It means being responsible for your own survival. It means possessions being not only pretty, but useful. It means having time to enjoy nature, friends, and family. It means being relaxed and serene. It means providing for your own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.