We use to sit around dreaming of our future home. At the time we lived in a cookie cutter neighborhood, in a house my Hubby bought purely as an investment, before we were together. It was a beautiful red brick home with a oak tree in the front, surrounded by a perfectly mowed Technicolor green lawn. When my hubby bought it, it needed a ton of work. It had wall to wall blood red carpet, dingy white walls, tore up linoleum flooring, you get the picture. By the time I moved in he had already done so much work. He repainted all the walls in soothing neutral colors. He redid all the flooring, carpeted the upstairs, installed laminate wood flooring downstairs. He retiled all the kitchen and bathroom floors, marble in the master bathroom. He did amazing work with impeccable skill. When I moved in one of the last projects was the kitchen. It needed new countertops and something needed to be done about the cabinets. They were in excellent condition, so we decided to paint them a dark chocolate brown. Since everything we did reflected the resale value we decided on granite countertops, but because of the type of neighborhood, we went with granite tiles, and a tile backsplash. It turned out great!
There was one problem, it wasn’t exactly what WE wanted. We dreamed of a place we could call our own and not worry about someone else’s opinion. Fortunately for me, I married a man who is extremely handy and loves projects! We both wanted land, a project house, animals, and trees. We wanted a lush garden to pick fresh vegetables, an orchard to grow fruit, chickens, goats, turkeys, pigs, maybe a cow, definitely a donkey.
Since having our son we have thought differently about things. What we put in our mouths for one. Our budget became tighter, we had to make things last. We wanted to become more resourceful, more green. We started small, bought reusable bags for groceries, joined the city recycling program, started a small garden in the backyard, we bought from the local farmers market when we could. Just those small things were a big change for us, something we needed to get use to. We didn’t always remember our reusable bags. We would throw things away not thinking about the fact they could be recycled. Sometimes we didn’t stay on top of our garden. They were all lifestyle changes. Habits that needed to be formed.
Before I had my son I was a picker. I traveled the states hunting for vintage treasures to resale. I had been doing it for many years and loved vintage, still do! It became harder after my son was born, and impossible after we opened our new business. I loved wearing vintage, sitting on vintage furniture, surrounding myself with old things that had history. I feel that it is a very resourceful contribution to the green world. So, I was at a good start, right?
Now that we have our new home we can have a fresh start, we want to jump in this new lifestyle feet first, but wait! There is so much learning to do, research, questions to be asked, risks to make, it is an adventure for sure! A little scary, but oh so exciting! We want our son to know where his food comes from, what it takes to grow it. Using what you have, making something old new again. Appreciating and respecting our surroundings. We have to learn these things too. It’s a process, but I hope starting this blog will bring me some answers.
What are some things you have done to change your lifestyle for the better? How did you start? Where did you begin?