I began my ecoactiveireland journey as a result of wanting to meet like minded people and get inspiration on how to live a happier, more fulfilling life that allows nature to be a big part of every day. When I did my 2 week EcoTour in 2014 I had such an amazing experience. I saw the beauty of places I had never visited before; Leitrim – Magnificent and wild west-ish, Sligo – so fresh and exciting, Meath – reminded me of France!, mystical Waterford, beautiful Kerry, Galway and Cork – those sheep that you always see in typical Irish postcards – they exist! I came home invigorated, inspired and raring to go!
Unfortunately, as a home buyer of the boom my financial circumstances dictated I dedicate 65 hours a week out of a 5 day allowance of 80! ( I do like to sleep for 8 hours per night if possible – it really helps when you have a super stressful job).
Thankfully I have never let go my dreams of living life the way I FEEL I need to live it – less consumption, more time in nature, less ‘stuff’ more time. Time. Time to meet friends, family, new people. Time to learn how nature works through observation. Time to cheer up someones’ day. Time to cook and bake. Time to build,Time to make music, Time to sew, Time to fix that gate! Time to THINK! Time.
Over the Christmas break I took time out and sat and thought about what I REALLY want in life. So I am going for it this year. For a better work/life balance. I am going to take back some of those hours by finding a great job within a shorter commute, so that I can meet friends, family, new people, learn how nature works through observation, make music, sew, cheer up someones’ day, cook and bake, build, fix that gate!
I know lot’s of us feel like this and many have so many commitments it can seem impossible to imagine ever getting ‘free time’.
If any of this hits home with you I suggest you check out this nice overview of downsizing from shalommama.com where she shares her own experiences and asks to consider 7 reasons why downsizing for a simpler life might be for you: