I spoke to my editor earlier this week and she let me know that the division that published my book, Living Simple, Free & Happy less than a year ago has changed direction. They had a solid presence in the category of home organization and simple living and are now focusing on “gritty preparedness.” Moving forward their titles are going to be fear-based preparedness books such as Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit.
Survival? We need to know how to survive, pioneer-style in modern day America? This is trending now?
Going to Extremes
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. PLATO
Have you noticed that society is really trending towards having things done for us. In the newspaper two days ago there was a photo of a man shoveling and the caption read something like – So-and-So goes old school, shoveling his side walk. Physical labor is “old school?” Below was a less antiquated photo of a man using a snow blower. Thank heavens!
So as a people we are increasingly reliant on machines and other people to do our pesky tasks, but at the same time we are preparing for raw survival, should the end of the world come. Whaaat?
New Year, New Skills
I’ve held back about talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Now I’m going to say it. Eve’s New Year’s resolution is to lean new, practical skills. This doesn’t include learning how to gut a rabbit. I’m talking about middle of the road, moderate skills that are needed to sustain a moderate lifestyle.
Basic life skills like sewing, making a healthy meal and maintaining a clutter-free home are things you’re used to seeing here. They are things you can count on from Eve of Reduction. Things that I’m going to expand on and improve throughout the year – and will be bringing to this blog are:
1. More repurposing ideas for clothing and furniture. Using what you have to make what you want never gets old and is always useful for the environment and our budget.
2. Mindful relaxation. Being able to cope with stress is an extremely important life skill. One that could save your life. Because, I dare say, stress will find you faster than the apocalypse.
3. Fixing and salvaging. This is a relevant example of moderation. When something breaks, the easiest thing to do is throw it out. The hardest thing to do is make a new one (time, resources). The middle ground is fixing it. This takes skill.
4. Frugal tips and tricks. Being smart about money is a mind over matter skill. As a Reduction Rebel we don’t get duped into spending money to make ourself feel better. Sometimes this requires creativity. Eve is here to help!
In honor of moderation in the new year, I’ve created a new Pinterest board dedicated to learning practical life skills.
What life skills are important to you?
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