The impact that I have on the environment as an individual is intertwined with my responsibilities as a Natural Health Practitioner and as such I have been doing a lot behind the scenes of hectic university studies to further research how my actions as a consumer relate back to the people around me.
Many years ago I was basically living WAY beyond my means. I had an amazing mansion of a home right on the beach front. It had marble floors, a spa and a lap pool. I loved showing it off, on the surface it made me feel like I had almost “made it”. The rent however was massively expensive and the bills to maintain such a large property were actually ridiculous. It took about 6 months for me to realize that my financial situation was starting to look quite bleak.
With the pressures of being a single parent on a single income, combined with a very high stress job as a Bar Manager something had to give, and it was my physical and mental health that gave way. That was the “tipping point”. After a few very shitty weeks of deliberation and many discussions with my teenage daughter, we both agreed to simplify our lives. We sold everything we owned except our clothes and a few favorite items and set out to go live in the desert with my mum so that I could get out of debt and start saving $; we shared the same small bedroom for a whole year and it was a lot easier than you think.
When you strip away all of the external items in your life, what are you left with? It is our material items that weigh us down; we live in a society that bombards us with messages of LARGER and UPSIZE and MORE but at the end of the day those things really just don’t matter. Have you ever noticed how utterly carefree animals are, or perhaps you have seen smiles on faces of families in third world countries living in real poverty. The Western realm we live in has more incidences of preventable illnesses such as cancers and metabolic disorders which are mainly products of living in high stress, high pollution, high fat, high sugar, MORE is MORE is MORE societies. Change however is not hard, change is not secular or communal or even global, change is individual.
I am now half way through my university degree and am essentially looking at starting a new chapter in my life in November 2016 where I can practice as a natural healer and educator and also finally earn a decent living. My aim once qualified is to save for 5 years and then buy a nice chunk of land in a rainforest $?, adopt a big dog $0.00 and build myself a tiny home for under $15,000.
The tiny home movement is not something new, more so it is something newly discovered. People all over the world have been making educated life choices in regards to how they live and what they need in order to be safe and happy. I have included the link to the documentary ‘We the tiny house people’ by Kristen Dirksen, this really is a must watch and share! What is fundamentally clear in each segment is how happy, free and liberated all of the people involved are. It further inspired me and I hope it does the same for you also. I have also included a couple of additional links which will totally blow your imagination! Watch and enjoy.