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When something breaks, we fix it. Or we re-purpose it. Or we recycle it.
When we are invited out somewhere, instead of thinking "I need a new shirt", I think, "What have I got that will suit this occasion". After all I learnt during the six items or less challenge that no-one really notices what you wear anyway. I haven't even been to an op-shop for the last two months (the change of season has been surprisingly exciting this year - all those different clothes to wear!).
I did superbly well with making gifts this month too. Of the five gifts I needed to get, I made four of them (the other was only the other day and with the whole viral labyrinthitis thing going on, I was in no mood to create. But I did have a plan which I will now use for the next five year old girl I need to organise a present for!).
Being more creative with gifts has been surprisingly fun and has me a bit more enthusiastic about the Pay it Forward project that has been looming over my head for the past 6 months...
The funny thing about this lifestyle is that it has a snowballing effect. It makes you want to live more simply. It makes you want to declutter and get rid of all those things that you have 'just in case'. Just in case of what? It makes you want to connect more with the earth and buy locally and seasonally and with minimal packaging. I know. It surprises me too!
I used to be a 'Greenie'. An urban hippy I called myself when I wore nothing but op-shop clothes (mostly petticoats and crocheted skirts with stockings and Doc Marten's). I lost a lot of my environmental prowess when I had the kids and became more main-stream and suburban. This challenge has connected me back to that younger version of me who thought 'every little thing makes a difference'. Because it does.
So as I enter the sixth month of this challenge I feel more resolve than ever to make it through to the end. This is making me a better person. I can feel it.
How green are you? Pale or bright?
* I put together a page where I can tally the 'slip-ups' I have made around this challenge. Just to keep me more accountable and so you can see that 'nothing new' is a bit of a stretch really but we are certainly trying. x