Sometimes I think to myself am I an oldie now that I plodding around in my little garden plot? Have I gone from the nightclub bopper to garden digger for good?
The past 5 years has been a huge life change; having a child, getting a mortgage and a stable corporate job. An exhausting change. The gardening that I commenced just over a year ago has given me a place to ground myself, relax and feel at peace with nature. A kind of daily meditation to just be. Some days I do a lot but most days I do nothing except observe plants and insects, enjoying their great beauty.
With minimal effort my garden rewards me with lovely produce to harvest and incorporate into my meals. The benefit is great! I feel pride at the produce, it's organic, the food miles are low, getting my hands in the soil is physical activity and I have time to contemplate life. I feel enriched by my gardening experiences. Much richer then drinking a glass of alcohol and shouting over loud music. I do miss going for a dance, flirting around and acting silly but gardening is the winner and I am too in my new lifestyle choice.
Have you made great changes? Do you get nostalgic moments of wanting to be silly, carefree and spend spend spend? I do, but I pump the 80s music and get it out of my system, because my life is not always wonderful but it's pretty good and I am very lucky to be born in place and time of opportunity and I know we don't all have that chance.
Stephanie at frugal Down Under.
Our Frugal Lifestyle
- Frugal Down Under
- Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.