Adopting This Practice Will Simplify and Transform Your Life
Other than common hashtags in overly-stylized, millennial instagram posts—what do these things have in common?
These were lifestyle characteristics of our not-so-distant descendants. For many of us, this includes our grandparents.
For as long as I can remember, my grandparents were steadfast role models for me. As I grew into adulthood, I started to think about their lives in a different way.
My Mammaw (hello, midwest grandparent names), gardened and canned for as longer than my lifetime. It wasn’t until I bought my own house and developed an interest in gardening that I paid any attention to her hobby.
The first time we canned tomatoes, I was dumbstruck by the process. She used the same cans from years previous. In fact, mayonnaise jars used to come in glass jars that fit canning lids perfectly—the perfect example of reuse! Since then, I have been on an adventure to learn everything that I can from her. She preserves her own food, makes her own soap and has simple, reliable cleaning solutions for really any challenge.
What’s amazing is how simple all of it is. She doesn’t think there is anything special to it because she did these things her whole life. For me though, it is amazing. There are so many things in life that I paid for or assume it’s too hard to do at home when the task wasn’t that intimidating at all. Recent generations (Gen X, millennial, gen z) are so disconnected from what our grandparents knew, that many of us are reinventing the wheel.
We know there is a problem with excessive waste. We know packaged food comes riddled with unnatural and potentially toxic additives. We know the convenience or ship-it-to-your-door model is both costly and unsustainable. And yet, we continue living our life paying for unhealthy and costly ‘conveniences’ because we simply don’t know or, for many of us, we don’t take the time to ask.
As many in the wellness, sustainability and spiritual community call out—there is a need in our world for quiet, simplicity and space. I’d like to also say, there is a need to go back to our roots. Tangibly. Look to the generations before us and see what practices we can work into our everyday life.
I genuinely feel like with every small change I make in my life (growing my own food, learning a new made-from-scratch recipe, mastering a DIY practice), I am taking control of my life, budget and wellbeing.
I’d love to hear from you. I’m really interested in hearing what practices you use that were passed down from your descendants. Perhaps it is a recipe, cleaning practice or something else. The less spectacular it feels, the more practical and transformative it probably is.
Drop me a note, let’s talk!