I’ve been reading much lately about living a ‘simple life’ one not complicated by the expectations of society. Not the ‘declutter’ fad that seems to be growing as fast as Ikea can create imaginative ways to store it all. I’m not thinking of matching fabric covered boxes held in shelving units made especially for them or 100 ways to declutter your kitchen. It doesn’t mean giving away all our possessions and living in a teepee either, I’m not certain what our version of a ‘simple’ life will look like but it’s really starting to excite me.
The very beginning of “Renovating Italy” came about through a plan to one day rebuild our dream village, to bring it back to life and recreate everything that was lost. We had no idea how we would achieve this and still don’t. The dream grew independently from this point, everything we have worked toward has been with this idea in the back of our minds.
My husband Salvatore (Sam) saw the success of his Community garden project, one that had taken years to get off the ground and through council.We saw first hand how a community can come together and create something wonderful, what a rich source of knowledge the older members of the group were. It was a joy and a surprise for all of us to see the toddlers playing in the dirt and our own children eating vegetables straight from the garden.
This is partly what we want to bring to our house in Veravo, a place for visitors to experience first hand the joys of living a ‘rustic’ life in the mountains. We have many plans and have sat up most nights talking and creating our dream, I’m sure we won’t be short on volunteers or visitors.
So what is a ‘simple life’ and why does it have such appeal for so many? I asked this question on our Renovating Italy facebook page and the answers were varied yet all with the same theme…..time to just do nothing at all, home grown food, less time on computers and TV, moments to share with friends and family, even something as easy to achieve as a good book and a comfortable chair.
We have been unknowingly living a simple life for years now, it comes with renovating, our need for ‘things’ slowly released it’s strangle hold. I had no choice really as most of my treasures have been in boxes for numerous moves, this last big move to Italy has us pared down to a handful of stored boxes for each of our lives to date. We will head off with a few suitcases and the only thing that will follow later are Sam’s tools and Luca’s dinosaurs.
This is an adventure, we are stepping into the unknown….creating life as it happens!
This is what you thought…..
Carla Ann Coulson Friends, food, fresh air and love…
Ingrid Christensen Doing what makes you happy
Catherine McNamara No machines, no cars, a piano, then a belly-laugh with a friend
Cathy Raso My simple life would be to going back to the roots, and live off the land like they used to. And watching the world go by without a care!
A Cook Not Mad Eating only what you can grow yourself.
Jeff Kerwin Focusing on the simple pleasures available all around us. Rather than big pleasures we’re taught to chase after and pay for.
Tracy Robinson Living a simple life, less social media, more books, enjoying and appreciating nature… Simple dinners with family and friends, long walks, less car time, holding hands with my fiance, snuggling with my pooch, laying on the grass watching the clouds go by, needing less material items… I already started practicing this over a year and a half ago, with the exception of social media and it has been amazing!
Sandy Birch Like Tracy, avoiding the need for social media is my goal, but spending time with friends and family is the most rewarding aspect of my life, plus trying new things, stretching the boundaries a little and moving out of my comfort zone!
Ryrie Wild Strolling on a beach; playing with my grandson; looking in second-hand stores; reading in a comfy chair in the shade; cooking a lovely meal for family or friends; wishing wells; taking photos of whatever takes my fancy……..
Lourayne Mahood Time with my sons, friends and cats. Beautiful food and wine. Good bread.Clean,crisp linen.Triple milled soap. Fresh flowers. Smiles
For The Love Of Italy Wild rosemary. A glass of wine. The setting sun. And soon afterward… fireflies. Soulful conversation with my best friend. A fresh breeze dancing amongst clothes decorating the clothesline. I’ve seen all these things at once. I don’t sound too demanding, do I?
Jos Parkinson To me it means finding joy in the simple things. Like taking time sit with a cup of tea & look at the beautiful flowers in my garden. Enjoying a walk along the beach with my family & thinking how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country.
Michelle M Burke Living a simple life, what does it mean to me? I’ve been searching for this and I think, maybe I’ve found it…to live in the country, and breath in the fresh air, the peace, the birds, the kids running around and just being themselves..loving each other and having appreciation for what we have been given x
Bronwyn Marquardt To be happy with the things I have rather than worried about what I don’t have. To be grateful for the joy and beauty in life, nature, my children and our world. To enjoy the simple things in life – good food, a roof over our heads, safe water to drink, each other, pets, friends, family and love. Oh and chocolate. It’s nice to have chocolate.
Sarah Ager For me, a simple life is being content with what you have and taking great pleasure in the small things even if it’s just a cup of tea after a long walk or extra froth on your cappuccino! If I have the opportunity in the future, I’d love to grow my own vegetables and herbs. I think growing your own food would make you really appreciate the taste & value because you put so much effort into it. I don’t know if others feel the same.
Susan Heslington As long as I’m happy inside, who cares that I have to cut my own hair, ride public transport, wear the same clothes for a few years…. just as long as I’m happy.. xxx
Judith A. Greenwood For me it is living within one’s means, not only financial, but physical and emotional as well. It’s never guaranteed, but when it is possible you have nothing to wish for but world peace and an end to hunger. Really.
Jeannie Marshall A simple life would be (if only I could achieve it) one without clutter and fridge magnets and dust. It would have big stacks of books, comfortable leather chairs and good reading lamps. Doesn’t sound so hard to achieve once you write it down.
Karen-Louise Taylor The simple life is making the best of what you have & trying to be as self sufficient as possible. A life where possessions are not as important as friendships.
Monica Cesarato simple life is to take each day as a gift and treasure it!
I’d love to hear more about your idea’s for living a ‘simple life”and if you are achieving them…leave us your thoughts x