Living the Good Life

Baby steps Barbara-style!

For a long time now I have been entranced by the idea of self-sufficiency.  I LOVE ‘The Good Life’ (classic 1970’s British sitcom) The Good Life and always fancied myself as a bit of a Barbara to the extent that my husband and I jokingly call each other Tom & Barbara whenever we are working away in the garden or when he is repairing things around the house rather than just buying something new.  But I have never really done anything about it apart from read books on self-sufficiency from John Seymour to the Hamilton brothers and accounts of other people leaving the Rat Race (such as Elizabeth West) and daydream.  A lot.

But this year I am going to be 40. The big 40 where life begins so it is said.   And I’m thinking about it all again.  However, this time I’ve resolved not to rush into it all madly, and take on too much and then fail miserably and become depressed as a result.  Nope, this time I am taking it slooooooowly.  I have a lot more constraints on my time, with my little daughter and my own business so the first step I’m going to take is to carry on with the reading – and re-reading – and select an aspect that I can easily fit into my existing life without it costing lots of money because thats something we don’t have an abundance of either!  So watch this space!  This week I’m still trying to shake off a dose of flu so I defnitely won’t be starting anything outside but I’m carving out a bit of time to do some constructive thinking.   And I’m decluttering too, which I guess is part of self-sufficiency in its broadest sense – getting rid of a lot of stuff we just don’t need and assessing just what we do need.

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