For a little while Dan and I started to wander away from how we want to live and got sucked into the drudge of doing the normal, mindless activities of life. A couple of things have happened over the past months to start the stride back to who we are and how we want to live. For the most part, these steps are almost invisible, but they're there. I was thinking about one just now when I was washing up.
It all started with a cup of tea (what else?) and our decision to stop buying teabags and go with loose tea, I don't know why this was such a big deal, that's all lost in time, but it was and it was a very good decision. Then there's the changes to how we shop, changes to how we save, breadmaking, cooking in general, inching towards progress in the garden, and all those dozens of other tiny things we do every single day.
Back in January 2016 the very splendid Secondhand Susie blogged about switching to cellulose kitchen sponges. This one took a while as Dan does most of the washing up here and it was a process of negotiation to get him to part with regular scrubby sponges. Eventually we found some cellulose and cotton cloths at Ikea and we love them! I cut them in half before use as that's plenty for washing up purposes, they're also machine washable and compostable.
What it boils down to is not taking the easiest path and going for convenience all the time, it's not really easier for us as it's not what we want, and it involves saying "NO!!!" fairly frequently. I don't mind saying no to myself but other people sometimes don't like to hear it, particularly when they think they are being kind - it's certainly a skill to say thanks but no thanks and for the other person to hear that in a positive way.
I mentioned seeing the Corbyn car the other day and commented that you wouldn't see that here on the Fylde, hush my mouth for here is the evidence!