Why are you doing what you are doing? How did you know it will pay off?
Questions that I get asked very often. It´s not just about my job or my garden or my hobbies.
For example I got asked by a friend of mine who also runs her own company “why don´t you just buy that? What´s the reason you have your basic lifestyle if you could just buy it?”
Another friend of mine ask me “But why do you want to drive an electric car and do all of the ecological things? What for, who is giving you credit for that? Who is seeing it?”
Today I introduce you to my special diet that makes you fitter, better looking, bringing out your personality and let you enjoy life more.
I started it in 2013 and up till now I don´t regret it. I can just see positive effects on my life and hope you may join me in a few points.
- I quit my alarm clock
Getting to know my body’s needs and getting up when my body fills like it is awesome. That doesn´t mean I sleep in all the time. My body needs around 6 hours of sleep and then gets up again. How about yours?
Another thing, if you need to have an alarm clock to get up. Our brain works or better sleeps in cycles. One full cycle is around 1 ½ h. That means with 6 hours of sleep I have a need for 4 full cycles. If you need more try to set the alarm clock after a full cycle to not interrupt a REM sleep phase, that´s when you get up crashed and annoyed.
The first thing people ask me, when they hear that I don´t own a TV is “What do you do without a TV?”
A great questions that offers me a lot of unsaid knowledge about the person who is asking me that questions. Things that run through my mind are:
- How much time, does that person spend on her or his own?
- How many books does that person read?
- What is that person escaping from by watching TV all the time?
- What will happen, if I would take away the TV?
And many more things that come up in my transactional analysis brain…
Things that I do not having a TV: (Fotos zu allen Punkten)
- I read books.
In my case a lot of scientific books or articles. I´m not much of a fiction or love books reader. I have books laying around everywhere. Normally I read more than one at the time.
Dies ist eins meiner Lieblingsgedichte von Sven Hildebrand
Quetschlicht, gezwungen in der unabwehrbaren Dunkelheit,
Quetschlicht, eingezwungen zwischen Dunkelheit
für den Menschen einhergehendes Zeichen der Nacht,
Quetschlichter, moderne und alte, moderne Scheinwerfer von Autos
mit arbeitswegigen Insassen,
aus morgendlichen Küchenfenstern in die Herbstdunkelheit,
alter Mond durch leblose Schlafzimmerfenster,
die ersten Sonnenstrahlen zwischen Erddunkelheit und Himmelsdunkelheit,
zwischen durch quetscht sich immer der erste Lichtstrahl,
das erste Tagesquetschlicht,
I´m not a fan of resolutions, I´m rather the person who goes for long term goals. In 2015 I started on some long term goals regarding minimalism.
I don´t take it the way, that you need to change your life from one minute to the next. Most of the time it would be to radical and I would have a big chance to fail. Just to mention, me failing is not an option, period.
So in summer of 2015 I started to look at my cloths thinking do you really need that. I tend to see something and thing “ahhh how pretty, you need to try that on!!!”
To start with my long term goal I had a detailed look into my closet, which has 7 doors and all of them are filled with cloths (some for the evening, the garden, summer, winter etc.). Than I thought to myself:
To me it was always important to care about environment. Sometimes maybe more than others. There are people who think I´m eccentric but I don´t see me that way.
Activities I do, to live and be more sustainable:
- I have my own collection of reusable bags
I often get them as presents from companies or friends, who know I´m not using plastic bags. I always have them in my handbag.
- I use washable handkerchiefs
Grandma style, and I´m not kidding, they are from my grandma and I love them, it´s like keeping up a legacy.
- I grow my own food
Please be escorted to my garden section =).
- Glass and paper package
The stuff I buy in grocery stores I always look for juice in glass bottles, vegetables without package, flower, rice and noodles in paper package. In the beginning I thought, “woohhh, I´m not finding anything without package and all that stuff you can buy, wtf!” Now I have my brands and know where to go.
Saving energy is easier than you thing and using the refund of your yearly bill to treat yourself is just awesome.
- Unplug from plug socket
A lot of machines or stuff you don´t need all day long like your coffee machine, washing machine, dryer, micro wave, sound system, computer, etc. are on standby or still plugged in. After using it totally unplug it from the network. If you let the plug in the plug socket it still will consume electricity. Don´t ask my way, but it does. I got to know it, as an electrician checked my plug sockets and ask me what is connected in one room, I forgot to unplug the dryer and he told my, he can see it by the energy that is flowing through the network.
I don´t know when it started, but a lot of people don’t take care of their stuff anymore. I know everything is cheap and you can get what you want whenever you want it and you don´t even need to go to a shop anymore.
I´m 31 years old. As I started studying and having my own flat 11 years ago, I already had enough stuff and all that I needed. Later I remember a friend saying “Now you are done with studying, so you can buy new stuff for your flat and get yourself something nice.” Eehmmm what?