Sustainability is quite the buzzword lately. We use it to talk about agriculture, economics, healthcare, and a wide variety of other topics. It seems like our world is increasingly consumer driven; we’re buying more and more of the things that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to make themselves. Sure, its convenient, but what are the costs in the long run? Are we really bettering our lives, or just losing our abilities to take care of ourselves? What does sustainability mean when it comes to our own personal wellness?
This is a topic that I’m very passionate about. Over the last couple of years I’ve tried to learn new skills in order to make things myself and be less of a consumer. It started out as a way to be frugal and pay down my student loans, and it has blossomed into something I truly enjoy. As time has passed and I’ve learned more and more ways to provide for myself, I’ve realized that sustainability and frugality are a huge part of wellness.
For example, when I learned how to soak and cook my own dried beans instead of buying the canned ones from the grocery store, I was suddenly spending less money, not worrying about the BPA in the cans, and always had a stockpile of a wide variety of beans in the freezer for chili, soups, and hummus. I started making my own lotions, shampoo, lip balms and sugar scrubs, and I no longer had to worry about the endocrine disrupting chemicals found in commercial products. All of a sudden my friends and family were asking for me to make them products, and its turned into a fun hobby that soon will hopefully become a small source of income (stay tuned!). I’ve recently started knitting, which is not only a fun and cheap way to make gifts for friends and family (or yourself), but its also a really effective way for me to de-stress and simply unwind from a long day.
As I delve deeper into sustainability and learn more and more new skills, I’ll be sharing them with you. If you’ve always thought of yourself as a not-so-crafty person but are interested in trying, give it a shot, you may be surprised at what you can do. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way, that’s how you learn. And if its truly not your thing or you don’t have time right now for learning these forgotten skills, don’t worry. There will still be plenty of posts about everyday topics like weight loss, nutrition, etc. There’s a bit of something for everyone around here.
If you’d like to learn more about frugality, sustainability, and all kinds of homesteading skills, check out Frugal Days Sustainable Ways over at one of my favorite blogs, Frugally Sustainable.