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      Quote Originally Posted by MossRose View Post
      Drinking makes life so complicated. Our health suffers, our relationships become toxic or at the very least unhealthy, we lose our passion, and our finances take a beating. It takes time to put everything right again after getting sober. Now that I have some AF time behind me, I realize that I need to concentrate on the day-to-day details. I ignored a lot of things during my drinking years, and created a real mess that I now need to clean up. But this post is about more than just being practical, although that feels good for a change, it's about living an authentic life - one based on our internal values, not what we've been sold.

      So I wondered if anyone was interested in sharing ideas about living a more simple, organic, holistic, and sustainable life. I would be grateful to hear any and all suggestions.

      These are things I have been trying to incorporate into my life:

      1. Support my local farmers. I'm lucky - I live in farm country. I found a new indoor market yesterday that allows me to buy ethically raised meat, dairy and eggs from a local farm. I am grateful.

      2. Open my damn mail!! During my drinking years, I was an ostrich about my finances and that was a disaster. I had bill collectors climbing all over me due to my financial neglect. It was awful and of my own doing. As many of you know, I lost everything including my house. No more of that nonsense. Now, I open, read, and address everything that comes to my mailbox. As dumb as it sounds, this was my biggest challenge. I was too afraid to deal with my bills because of past experiences, so I just didn't bother. Not advised. I now have a cute, decorated bag that holds bills to be paid (makes it more palatable), and a shredder that takes care of junk mail. This a daily ritual for me.

      3. As an extension to the above - I no longer buy things I don't need. No more impulse shopping. I make a list and I stick to it. If I want something (and that's ok), I must be able to comfortably afford it first. If not, I need to save until I can. Absolutely no credit whatsoever. I have to say, the few "want" purchases I have made lately have been very rewarding because I have had to wait for them. And for the first time in my life, my savings account is growing. That is fun. I also decluttered my home recently, so I have a fresh start.

      3. Grow my own. This is a new hobby for me, but I invested in a few grow lights and have converted a spare bedroom into an indoor garden - microgreens and herbs all winter long. It keeps me busy, and it's all organic. This summer, I will have a nice 20 x 20 ft. plot in an organic community garden. I plan to learn to can. That way I can enjoy my harvest all through the winter, and will be less reliant on big agribusiness.

      4. Reach out to people. This was another hard one for me. I'm an introvert by nature, so it's easy for me to climb into a shell and shut others out. Now, I answer my phone. I make calls. I make plans. It's working out quite well. I heard from both of my sons today. A simple phone call and I realized that life doesn't get any better that

      So - how have you simplified your life? I want to hear everything. This is my new passion. Living, cooking, gardening, finances - all of it. I spend quite a bit of time on websites and forums discussing these issues, but I thought it would be nice to bring this discussion to MWO. Here are a few sites I visit daily and recommend:

      Frugally Sustainable — A Resource for All Things Frugal and Sustainable

      DIY Natural - Homemade Natural Cleaners Beauty Products and More

      Wellness Mama | Simple Answers for Healthier Families

      Vicki Robin | Transforming Your Relationship With Life (co-author of "Your Money or Your Life" A life-transforming book)

      Peace to you all. xx, Moss
      Moss -I hope you are still around on MWO. This is a great thread and post. Thank You. --sf--

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      I am bumping this brill thread in the hope of initiating some discussion on permaculture and living in big cities as i do.

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      Moss, I can relate to everything!
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      I have been away from MWO for quite some time, so I was delighted to see that this thread is still alive.

      Oscar - I live in a city, and am interested in permaculture too. I would love to learn more. Let's start the discussion.

      My newest passion is foraging for wild edibles. I have found a teacher, and tomorrow, a group of us are going for a hike to forage. My friends think it's hilarious that I am happy to eat weeds. But I am excited. Free, healthy food. What's not to love? So, any experienced foragers out there. I would love some advice. Oh - and recipes.

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      Take a look at this guy Moss, he's on the other recovery forum I go to, he has many great articles, tips, etc.

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      Thanks Cowboy. Looks like I've got some good reading to do. I went on a nature walk this morning. It was great. I learned so much about our native plants. I think it's going to take a long time before I am comfortable eating any of them, but that's my goal. We did try some mulberries and they were delicious. My teacher is a young man who has degrees in botany and sustainable agriculture, so I am in good hands. I can't wait for next week's lesson.

      Thanks for posting the pic on my other thread. It looks wonderful. I have so missed talking to you about gardening and growing. It has become an even larger part of my recovery this time. Getting out into nature as often as possible really helps calm my mind. Thanks again for the link.

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