Turning Tiny to Live LARGE

Adventures of Heidi & Sam

Month: December 2014

2015 = year of intention

Intentional

in·ten·tion·al
inˈten(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l/
adjective
done on purpose; deliberate.

 

INTENTIONAL LIVING (for me) =
adding consciousness to my thoughts and actions.
  • Eat with a purpose – to heal my Crohns Disease, optimize my energy and utilize local sources for homegrown food…including my own up and coming Clifton Co-op Garden.
  • Minimize waste – think about the choices I make…what things am I buying and what packaging surrounds it. Is this something I can reuse…compost…recycle, can I buy things without packaging. Bulk items where I bring my own container…carry my own bag…buy only what I need. Controlling and reusing the waste that is generated around me is something I’ve started doing. We make hundreds of decisions every day that impact our environment.
  • Shop deliberately – use a list…stick to it. Since downsizing I’ve been avoiding stores all together. When I do go in one, I  feel the consumer pull, but then I THINK…and there is not one thing I need in a store that doesn’t sell groceries.  In fact I’m going to challenge myself to buy as few new items this year as possible, not including food & obvious necessities.  I’m going to make a list on facebook and the goal is to buy no more than 1 new item a month. Somebody be my accountability partner!
  • Interact thoughtfully – connect with people who I can encourage…AND who encourage me. Seek out occasions to bring a smile…perform small gestures and  spread acceptance. Create opportunities to make others think and learn. Spend time with people who feed me…literally and figuratively (nope, still don’t like to cook).
  • Date Heidi – that’s right. Somewhere along the way I lost the art of spending time with myself.  So, I allow myself time alone to do those things that make me whole and happy….reading, writing, yoga, hiking, singing loudly in the car, gardening, traveling ….I’m worth the time and so are you!

Happy New Year!

Heidi

Waking to my truth…

marcusa

I like getting old. I’m not one of those people that will always be “29”.  I embrace my age and all of the accumulated knowledge that comes with it.  I tolerate my wrinkles…the graying hair…slips in my mental capacity…and even those brown spots that seem to pop up sometimes overnight?! But…

The older I get, the more aware I am at how we are living…or in some cases, existing. How we are slaves to a political battlefield and a consumer driven, greed crazed hierarchy.

We are becoming insane.

At 44 I feel my closet is so full of “soapboxes” that every time I engage in an actual real conversation, I look in there to see how many I can stand on, and when I turn around the person is running the other way. No one wants to listen, it’s easier to not care, to remain ignorant. I know this because I float in and out of this stage myself. When I was travelling I broke free from the illusion that American culture brainwashes us with…but it didn’t take all that long for me to fall back into it.

The bottom line is that we need to start living with intention…beginning with:

  • Putting down the electronics and interacting with the people around us, loved ones and strangers alike.
  • Shopping with needs in mind instead of wants.
  • Thinking about the stuff that you surround yourself with…what things are overflowing in your closet that other people may actually need.
  • Teaching our kids about where our food comes from, where our waste goes and how all this impacts not only our community but our planet.

Since I’ve been downsizing I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they have begun doing the same…not all happily I might add. The other day a friend of mine told me that while shopping she came across a pair of red cowboy boots that she wanted to buy, as she debated the purchase a voice was nagging at her in the back of her head “do you really need those?”.  That voice was mine…she walked out empty handed saying “damn you Heidi Lutz”…but at least my friends are being more intentional!

Tis the Season

#Reuse #Regift

Heidi & Sam