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      Resolve to let go of everything that isn't making your life better, sweeter, and richer, so you can make room for everything that does. - bemorewithless.com

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      Moss Rose, I loved your Morning Ritual Thread and now this!! Right up my alley. I have simplified tremendously since I`ve moved and sure could do more. We`ve moved the office into our home for our family business and that sure cuts down on work and bills. I`ve got some financial advise from our financial planner and I see a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

      For now I`ll just hang around and eat up all this information. Still early days for me in my latest and last sobriety stint but I`ve been doing a lot of healthy cooking lately and very interested in hydroponic gardens. We have the room in the basement so I`ll look into getting some supplies as soon as my son and his wife vacate the house (they are looking to buy their own place). Thanks for starting this.
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      Hi all,
      This thread is great and totally related to what I'm trying to achieve in my life!
      I can't have garden here but I grow basil on the balcony.. TT it does seem to thrive in the obscene heat.
      I also shop for Veges and fruit at the local market, eggs and chicken organic. I go to the local shop for milk etc ( cheaper and I would rather give them the money than Tessco). Meat and high quality frozen fish etc, I go to another local shop. I spend 80% of my money on local businesses and only go to the Supermarket for cheese and other imported products ... Dairy products aren't popular in Asia so are not sold locally.
      Lying multinational companies seem to control our food chain and I'm not handing over my hard earnt cash to support them !

      Pat

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      I am so inspired by these posts. Many years ago, there was a very popular bumper sticker. I saw it on tons of cars. Some of you may remember it...I Owe, I Owe, So It`s Off to Work I Go! Somewhat amusing, but, I remember being struck by how wrong it was on every level. Even back then, I knew on a soul level that I didn't want that to be the sum total of my life. But I took a detour, lived that life for too long, and am now back on track. Whew!! I am so thankful to see I am not alone on this path.

      I don't even know where to start. So much great advice. I am learning so much.

      TT - it sounds not only decadent, but delicious. Carry on, my friend. (And post recipes). I think you and Pat are right, the room is too cool for basil.

      Eloise - I have never been able to keep rosemary alive much past January in the past either. It would be fine and then one day I would wake up, and it would be dead or dying. For some reason, mine is happy this year, so I'm barely touching it. I think it's going to flower. I'll take pics if that happens because that will be a first for me.

      BG - I love your philosophy. The site you recommended is great. Reposting again just in case someone missed it. http://bemorewithless.com/ Good stuff.

      Pat - You are an elegant shopper, and a very savvy one. Yes, our hard earned cash is our voting power. You've inspired me to work harder at staying as local as possible.

      Cowboy - I love the idea of a vacuum packer. I hate wasting food and never do it intentionally, but it still happens. Never thought about vacuum sealing my food first. It makes total sense, especially since I plan to can/freeze as much produce this summer as possible. I used to water my plants with tap water because I had a private well. Probably wasn't a great idea, but I just never thought much about it. But, my new home has municipal water, and I can't even drink it. It's disgusting. I tested the TDS (total dissolved solids) level yesterday and found out it's 403. The EPA says anything over 500 is dangerous. Which means, everything over 50 is probably suspect. LOL.

      SoberSoul - you have been on my mind so much lately - and here you are!! What a lovely surprise. I hope all is well in your world. It sounds like you are settled. I know you have simplified your life just be moving closer to loved ones. Take care, my friend.

      Well, off to make dinner. I just can't thank everyone enough for participating in this thread.

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      I love the Be more with less site - thanks!

      These are the tips I've heard over the years that I try to keep in mind:

      Before I buy something, I ask myself: Do I already own something pretty much like this?and Am I going to choose to wear or use something I already own over this? If yes is the answer to either question, I don't buy it.

      I am trying to keep "things" only if they are valuable to me, regardless of their market value.

      An object is not the person who gave it to you. If the sweater from your grandma no longer fits, take a digital photo of it for you and give it to someone who is cold.

      Local places you avoid because they're more expensive than online won't be there later when you need them. We've learned this painful lesson several times in our community.

      You can pay your health care dollars to the doctor or the grocer.

      Thanks for the thread, Moss! I love it and you.


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      Moss, I still use the bumper sticker slogan lol. Something else I always think of is what my dad always told us boys, it's not how much you earn that will make you rich, it's how much you save...
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
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      Cowboy - your dad is a wise man.

      NS - so much wisdom in your post, it's hard to call out anything specific. Although this...."An object is not the person who gave it to you. If the sweater from your grandma no longer fits, take a digital photo of it for you and give it to someone who is cold." is profound. I just had a conversation with a dear girlfriend the other night who is a borderline hoarder. She used to collect a specific item, so everyone always gave her one for every occasion - for decades!! OMG - her house is filled with this stuff. She wants to simplify her life, so I suggested getting rid of some of her gifts. But - she can't do it. So-and-so might notice. haha You are so right.

      Love you too, my dear friend.
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      Not sure I thought of it as simplification at the time, but a few years ago I began to feel burdened by all the things I had acquired, furniture and home decor mostly. For example, a poker table, because I had the perfect spot for one. But I don't play poker, so I never used it, or the poker chips, or the playing cards, or the perfectly sized glasses that fit in the table's drink holders. And it struck me that I was spending some portion of each day, at a job I no longer enjoyed, to support the poker table! Duh!

      I went on an extreme downsizing mission; sold everything, including the house. There's more to the story, of course, but these days, with a few exceptions, I won't own anything that needs to be stored, dusted, or maintained unless it performs an important function for me.

      Thanks for the thread, Moss. Lots of great ideas here!
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      Pie - I so agree. I've moved around a lot over the past few years and when I leave my present job next year, I will be leaving with only the 2 boxes I came with... I have had no possessions for the last 4 years and I find it very freeing.. Nothing in storage, just me, my son and our 2 boxes ( well maybe 1 for him too!)

      I'm loving these great posts
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      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
      What a great post and thoughts. I am going to be giving this more thinking, I agree it is very worthwhile. The idea #4 you posted is something I so often think about for myself. I am also an introvert and hate that I can't seem to be the one to initiate doing something with other people. I need to set a goal or something of making x phone calls to others every week - or making x plans with others every month. It is important to me to keep my connections, but I just don't seem to really do anything about that. thanks for the reminder and for making me give this more serious thought!

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