As our family is in the final stretch of this incredible season of preparing, some lovely ladies have volunteered to share guest posts on Frugal Granola occasionally over the next month. (If you’re interested in contributing a post, email me with your info!)
This week, Christie from Endlessly Learning is sharing in the following post:
When you start moving toward a more natural, simple, sustainable lifestyle there tend to be a lot of challenges that come with it. I have faced so many in the last few months that sometimes I wonder why I keep trying! I don’t say that because I don’t believe in what I’m doing, but because discouragement has a habit of creeping up on me and sometimes I’m not sure how to respond to it. If you find yourself feeling the same way, then maybe remembering these things will help:
It’s okay to take baby steps. When you discover multiple changes that need to take place in your life , you don’t need to tackle them all at once! Trust me, this is a recipe for failure. I recently tried to change almost all of my family’s eating habits and our entire daily routine all at the same time. It went great…until I got completely overwhelmed and everything fell apart again! I went from getting up at 6:30 in the morning to getting up at 10 and we went from eating 60-70% organic food to almost nothing organic (plus WAY too much junk food!) It is important to remember that each tiny little change makes a difference: eliminating “just” one harmful ingredient from your diet or getting up “just” 10 minutes earlier. Each baby step gets you a little closer to making giant changes in your life!
It’s okay to make mistakes. Being a wife is a difficult job. Being a mom is a difficult job. Being a home-maker is a difficult job. Being all three at the same time can make you feel downright crazy! You are going to make mistakes at times. If you are like me, you will probably make them all the time. Whenever my husband compliments me on what a good job I do around the house it makes me wonder if his glasses need to be replaced! 😉 For each new goal you make and for each task you begin, you must realize ahead of time that everything probably won’t go perfectly well and you can’t let that drag you down.
People probably won’t understand. It amazes me how often I get weird looks whenever I talk about organic food, breastfeeding my child, or living a simpler lifestyle. To me those things are so natural and conducive to the life that God has called me to live, but to the culture (at least here in the United States) it is entirely backwards. To a culture that is driven by impatience, independence, and a desire for more, choosing simplicity just doesn’t make sense. So be prepared for funny looks and determine to do what is best for your family no matter what anyone else thinks.
There is someone out there who will support you, you just have to find them. Chances are this will mean working to build relationships with other people online. As I mentioned previously, most people consider a more natural and simple lifestyle to be unusual, so look for someone who does understand what you are doing! I don’t have much support in “real life” for many of the decisions that I make, but I feel like I have met so many kindred spirits over the internet, such as Michele here at Frugal Granola, Lindsay over at Passionate Homemaking, and Kat at Inspired to Action. We may hardly know each other but, in a sense, we are together on a journey towards the kind of lifestyle that we feel is honoring to our Saviour. So get out there and find people that you can relate to and be encouraged by (and don’t forget to encourage them back)!
What about you? What are some ways that you could use some encouragement in your life right now?