Since 2003 I've had the domain name 'Simply Natural Life' (dot com). I actually started a website for it years ago, but when I went to launch the site, the host no longer accepted that software (even though it was their own, and I was using that same software for another site that was already published, they weren't accepting new sites with it.) I think that was around the time we were getting ready to move to Sedona, Arizona, but then that plan got ditched at the last minute. Regrouping back in Vegas, and planning our move to Australia then took over everything. Well, that and taking care of three children as well!
Over the years I've looked at the files that I had for the site and realised that I would probably do it differently now. Every year when the name came up for renewal, I found I just wasn't ready to let it go, and I had a feeling that there was still something in there for me to do with it. I thought about starting another blog, but in some ways, it's very similar to my Free Spirit Life. I've already incorporated parts of a Simply Natural Life on this blog, especially when I wrote during our year on the road and the transition either side of that. A part of living simply would be to have everything in one place on this blog. I've even neglected my other project, Peace Ripple, but it is very forgiving. I think I'll continue to run that alongside this, as a separate entity, whenever I am inspired to add to it. I am working on a website for some parts of SNL, but I am drawn to blog about more aspects that I have been, so I am going to use this blog to do so. Then I wondered if I should change the name of this blog to reflect that change? Free & Natural Life? Natural Free Life? Simply Free Life? Simply Free & Natural Life? Simply Natural Free Spirit Life (now that's just too long)! For now, I'm just incorporating the reference to SNL in the blog description up the top.
I think that there are three main concepts that I want to focus on - living simply, freedom, and the underlying Joy that is possible when living an authentic life. As well as the usual family stuff and my ramblings. Does using the 'free-spirit' give the impression of flowing dresses and fairy wings? I am so not into dresses, but sure I'll show my wings from time to time. Does the 'natural' imply that we forage for our own food, never go into supermarkets and don't use any plastic? Well, sometimes, often and as little as possible are those answers. Does using the 'free' imply that I'm referring to things that you don't need to pay money for rather than a state of mind? Does 'free-spirit' already imply a certain level of simple living? Does 'simply natural' imply a level of living free? Maybe I'm really overthinking the whole thing, but I feel the need for a slight shift in focus and the name will reflect that. Maybe I'm just procratinating when I really should be sorting and packing, but hey, I'm having fun playing with possibilities here!
Preparing to move out of the house is taking a lot of energy - physical as in time and the process of sorting through things, and also mental as I need to look at things and make decisions for 5 people as to the absolute best things to bring with us, and what to do with the rest of it. However, whenever it starts to feel like a lot, I am able to remind myself that it will all be done soon, and that it will be great! I can remember what it was like and the lightness and joy that I felt before, and that is my main motivation. I can also feel my creativity starting to spark again with other possibilities swirling. On here, I want to write more about other parts of living simply that work for me in a practical way that anyone can use no matter how they live.
I'm feeling excited to get up in the morning! oh, so much to do! I'm trying to take time to just sit and BE with it all too and feel the deliciousness of it all unfolding! mmmmmm so nice to be coming out of stagnation.