Today is the day of love, and also the day of hubs and my first kiss 11 years ago! (Cheesy, I know, but what can you do?) So, in honor of that, we thought we’d share another She Said, He Said post with you!
I talked last month about how this journey that our family is on toward more natural and simple living is not one that my husband probably would have chosen for us. Although I’ve been more of the driving force behind the change, he’s always been a pretty good sport about it. And if you would have told me four years ago that this is what our life would look like today, I probably would have laughed at you, but now that we’re here, I can’t imagine living any other way, and I really love all of the green changes we have made.
Here’s just a few reasons why.
She Said — Why I Love the Green Changes We Have Made
I know it probably sounds weird, but I really think that learning more about green and natural living, and trying out new things until I find what works best for me and my family, is fun! I guess it’s mostly because that gives me something new to learn about, and I’ve always loved learning new things. I think life would be boring if I wasn’t always learning and discovering new things, what would I do with myself?
It Makes Me Less Materialistic
I’ve always been one of those people who wanted the next best thing. I used to try to follow trends (quite unsuccessfully!), get the next best beauty product, and generally try to keep up with the Joneses. Living a greener and simpler life has given me freedom from always comparing myself to other people around me (except for those who I think are greener than me!). In some ways I still chase the next best thing – because I’m always trying new green things, or trying to find ways to do things more naturally and simply – but it just looks so much different for me now, and my motivation for doing it is not because I’m trying to keep up with someone else.
It Saves Us Money
I know lots of people have the impression that going green will cost a lot of money, but I’m (obviously) such a firm believer that this does not necessarily have to be true. It really does depend on the choices you make, and I love that the changes we have made have truly saved us lots of money. Now I just wish that we had more of that money to show for it! (Things continue to be tight financially around here for us.) But, I really can’t imagine where we would be, or how we would have made it, without making these changes over the past few years.
When I think about the life that we live now, compared to the life that we were living just a few years ago, it really is amazing to me. And I am so glad, and so thankful, for this journey and all that we have learned along the way.
Happy valentines day, wife! 11 years ago I worked my mojo and the rest is history. Not sure if that is how it actually happened, but let’s go with it. Little did you know that just a little over a decade later I would have half as much hair, weigh that same amount if you added a toddler to the scale too, and still annoy you with my inability to maintain any sort of schedule. Love is blind to many things. Thankfully, you have hung in there and keep laughing at my stupid jokes, because I am in no shape, and have no desire, to do any of this without you.
So here is my take on your love list for green changes.
These changes and experiments you have led the family on make life interesting. Not sure I would always say it’s fun though. I certainly never thought I would need a cloth diaper degree to figure out how to attach all those different sorts of contraptions to the booty of a kid. And it is never a good thing to ask a dad to pin anything to cloth in the vicinity of a young child. It’s just not.
But all in all, being married to a living, breathing, and very sexy (his words!) scientist who likes to experiment with all different kinds of cooking, cleaning, and home based green/natural living projects has been fun and life changing for us all. If this was fourth grade you would get a blue ribbon. Since it is Valentines day I’ll just give you a kiss.
It Makes You Less Materialistic
This has been the coolest part of being on the journey for me. You and I have both been caught up in the ladder climbing envy challenge over the years. By making these changes for reasons you and I both believe in, and can get excited about, has really made the old versions of us look a lot different in retrospect. I guess that’s all part of the general growth in a marriage, or relationship, or life in general.
Being simple, or trying to keep things simple, and basic, and less cluttered has grown us both. I guess next you’ll want to have a baby at home in our room and change forever how I look at our bed…oh wait, that is the plan for this next one isn’t it? Wow, things have changed over the years!
It Saves us Money
I certainly know that the changes made have saved some serious money. But, like everything else there is a learning curve and initial investment required. We now have a library, both in print and digital format, of books and e-books, that could keep a speed reader busy for a few months. We also have some failed experiments that have paved the way to some simple changes made today. And at times you do have a tendency towards biting off a bit more than is humanly possible to chew.
I can specifically point to some knitting books, and “project” tools, hidden in closets that have been rather lonely since making an appearance in our house. We’ll count those as investments into the future. When the kids are in high school you can embarrass them with Christmas sweaters knit from the fur taken from the Alpacas you got us to raise in the yard or something. If you already knit them stuff now, it wouldn’t be as funny then.
Love you, wife!
Do you see why I love this man? I must say I’m a pretty lucky girl! Love you too, hubs!
Why do you love the green changes you’ve made in your home and family life? How does your spouse feel about them?
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