So, in the midst of the overwhelming task of weeding out what we think we’ll need before hitting the road, we have been trying to introduce some raw food goodness into our diet. Our recent Costco trips have been pretty simple. Step one-go directly to the produce section. Step two-gather fruit, veggies, and any raw nut or fruit snacks. Step three-check out and actually enjoy scanning our receipt, realizing that we don’t miss all those “extras” we used to pick up. Our budget and bods don’t need all the frozen items, chips, dips, and who knows what else which seemed to jump in the cart! I’ve been trying to experiment a little and make some recipes from gone raw and Matt Amsden’s book, Rawvolution. He has some very basic recipes which fit our lifestyle and my lack of cooking skills perfectly. And, the fact that he looks like Jeff when he had long hair (pic below) doesn’t hurt any either! (Click on Matt’s name above for Sara’s recent pic of him.)
Introducing raw foods, ridding ourselves of extra “stuff”, clothes, etc, and not purchasing items that can’t fit into our future “home” just reminds me that getting back to the basics can make such positive differences in the way we live. It’s just a cycle that begins to point you in a direction of the things that really matter most in our world. Raw diets to fresh food to farmer’s markets to organic farming to CSA’s to buying fair trade to recycling to composting to thrift store shopping to walking more and driving less. All these things bring our focus back to helping ourselves, our communities, and our earth. Yes, it sounds hippie and corny, but I feel like I’m experiencing more of life this way. I definitely should have paid more attention when my mom grew okra and tomatoes in our back yard when I was younger. I’ve been listening to a great podcast that has taught me a lot about buying food locally and what to look for at your local farmer’s markets.
Take your time:
Parks wanted to ride his bike to preschool Friday morning, which is luckily for us just over mile away, but we had just enough time so I let him. It was great, he made up the big hill, arrived on time, and he was able to tell EVERYONE that he rode his bike to school! It felt good to make time for that, to slow down and enjoy our time together. Although my first thought is always, ugggh, “I don’t have time for that!” I don’t seem to ever regret those moments. Retraining my mind to slow down is quite an undertaking…….
Speaking of slowing down, guess I should stop blogging and get going to work on more ebay posting and compiling of garage sale items! We are extremely blessed that a friend from CO is flying in Thurs evening to help us out with the craziness! Thank you Jenn!
Oh, one last thought. Because of our travel goals, we have chosen to find a home for our dog, Marley. She is a choc lab mix with beautiful golden eyes. If anyone reading this post knows someone who could give her amazing amounts of love and a new family, please contact us. I will add photos and more details in a later post.
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.” Chinese proverb