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My long-term goals for my lifeCategory: Lists
Sunday, 12 July 2015
04:38:12 AM (GMT)
I've known for a long, long time now that I want to live in a small house, that I
build myself, in a forest, surrounded by a large garden where I grow my own food. 
It's frustrating because I don't know how I'm going to get from here to there, and I
don't know where to build said house and plant said garden. But for now I'm going to
organize my thoughts into this list. These are my long-term goals for my ideal
lifestyle. 

1.) Never shop at Walmart again. 
I feel guilty every time I shop there. 

2.) Reduce and eventually eliminate purchasing from large brands and instead opt
for handmade, homemade, recycled, reused or salvaged. Practice cruelty-free
consumerism. 
Support local farmers, artists, anyone who makes things themselves. Never
buy anything made in a sweat shop. Avoid commercial products. Buy supplies in bulk
and learn to make essentials such as toothpaste, deodorant, etc., at home. 

3.) Compost and recycle 
Between composting and recycling there's very little need to throw anything away.
There are guides available for both about what is compostable, what is recyclable,
etc. 

4.) Mason jars
You can find mason jars at GoodWill. You can screw the lids to the underside of high
shelves and then screw on the jars for easy storage. They can hold just about
anything and everything you need, reducing the need for plastic containers. 
https://theorganizedwife.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/baby-food-spice-2.jpg

5.) Minimalism 
That means simply owning few things. Only the essentials and what you love. When you
own less things, the things you do own tend to be nicer. For example, buy a nice pair
of headphones that will last instead of a cheap pair that will break and have to be
replaced every month. I might have to make my one exception my books; if half my
house is a library, that's perfectly fine with me. 

6.) Use that compost! Grow gardens, not lawns 
I personally hate mowing the lawn. When it's hot out and you're slaving away behind
this big noisy machine that you use to maintain a large patch of useless land... All
I can think about is how nice it would be to have organized gardens, raised flower
beds, neat little pathways, rock gardens, bird baths, trees. SO many things you could
fit in that space. I want to grow my own food, as much as I can. More than I need, in
fact, because I'll sell or donate the excess. 

7.) Tiny houses
I can see myself having a tiny house to live in, a separate one-room art studio, and
a greenhouse. I think that's all I'll need, and I think I'll be exquisitely content
there. Building your own house gives you an immense sense of home. I want that.
People are surprised when I tell them I'm interested in learning about construction,
but I am. I might volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, or something like that, to
learn a few skills before the time comes. 

8.) Solar panels and windmills 
Do I really need to explain this one? 

9.) Sell vegetables, homemade soap, and other things (as a side project; my main
thing will be writing and art, of course) 
I think I can make some very lovely things that people will be thrilled to buy 

10.) Write everything down and make it a book! 
I want to take notes on this and everything I learn as I move towards these goals.
Eventually I can compile this priceless information into a book, and call it
"Cruelty-free Consumerism; living guilt-free" or something like that. It won't be
like "drop everything and live exactly like me," it will be like, "here are some
super simple, super easy steps to simplify your life, reduce your waste, live a
healthy and happy life," whatever, something like that.
Last edited: 12 July 2015

Comments 
Kelvis000 says:   12 July 2015   809343  
your plan is really well thought an your concepts are simple an
organised an the nice thing is what u want to.do.can be.achieved
for ur garden u can start.by making on for.urself in gour own kitchen
by growing small herbs an hanging them beside the window

your house or cottage wil come u just need to find an area you like
to.stay in an find a.small house that u can cheap.renovate to.look
like an open plan cottage

i love your dream an wish an hope with all my heart u achiev it
‹stickyvaporeon› says:   12 July 2015   199375  
@Kelvis000 

I don't want to renovate a house, I want to build one 

look up "tiny houses," they are a thing 

https://www.google.com/search?q=tiny+houses&espv=2&biw=1202&bih=707&so
urce=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=5PyhVd73GND8oQTItoWYCw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ 
 
Kelvis000 says:   12 July 2015   609935  
ooooohhhhh thats soooooo cute. its like the little houses people here
use also.
thats cute an it looks cozy
backstabber says:   12 July 2015   401528  
It look's like the tree house that i never had as a kid.
 
‹Savitr› says:   16 July 2015   765294  
"For example, buy a nice pair of headphones that will last instead of
a cheap pair that will break and have to be replaced every month."

reddit.com/r/BuyItForLife should be a pretty neat resource for you, in
that pursuit.
 
crazyhot says :   18 July 2015   953306  
Law day comment removel
 

 
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