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There have been many times in my life when I have let perfectionistic tendencies hold me back. Sometimes, I feel like I have to know everything about a subject or have a perfect plan in place before starting something new. While planning and preparation are good, they can hinder us from taking that first step. Through my experience gardening this past year, I have learned how important it is to just get started.

You don’t have to know it all. It’s okay if your plan crumbles in the process. But if you don’t try, you’ll never learn or grow!

I hope you’ll join me in a monthly challenge called Just Get Started! Each month, I’ll send you a newsletter with resources for beginners on a slow living topic such as gardening, canning, sewing, slow fashion, or intentional motherhood.

I have also created a Facebook group called The Simple Living Collective so that we can actively share our progress each month as well as ask questions and learn from one another!

Social media is a place where we see a lot of successes, but I think there is value in sharing what is difficult and encouraging each other to keep going.

There are so many of you who have ideas and knowledge and skills, and I want to have a space where we can have an ongoing conversation about slow living!

If you want to join this challenge, DM me your email address and I’ll send you July’s challenge (planting one crop for a fall harvest) as well as a link to The Simple Living Collective group.

I hope you’ll join us in committing to just getting started on these invaluable skills!

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Thoughts on Slow Living…

But what we gain in convenience, we lose in appreciating the value of it all. Yes, I could save so much time and money buying food from the store. But, I have a desire to nourish my family with food that I grew with my own two hands. I have an autoimmune disease and have a desire to naturally care for my body as much as possible, fueling it with nutrients that haven’t been lost in the process of creating fast food. I want to teach my children to know where their food comes from and to value it. I want to slow down enough to enjoy the process instead of rushing through life to accomplish more, more, more. I want to take my neighbors eggs from my backyard chickens and fresh tomatoes from my garden and know them—really know them as friends. I want to value the clothing that I have. I want to have less that is made to last instead of more that will fall apart in a few wears. I want to clothe my children in pieces that I spent hours carefully selecting patterns, fabric, and thread. I want to learn to be content with what is right in front of me instead of fleeting after the latest trends as they come and go. I want to slow down, and value what is right in front of me—appreciating the process instead of rushing to the final result. I want to share skills and preserve knowledge and make time for relationships in a world that says I’m too busy. I’m far from perfect in every single one of these areas. Aren’t we all? But I want to learn to say no to the constant hustle and bustle of our culture and slow down enough to be thankful, truly thankful for not just the end result but also the process it took to get there.

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