8.04.2013

A Day in the Life: Suburban Balance

Yes, it's true....we live in the 'Burbs...please don't judge.  We moved here 3 yrs ago in order to give our daughters a safe and friendly neighbourhood to grow up in.  And it's great for that with lots of kids and fantastic schools.  But it does comes with challenges.  Mainly trying to balance my greenie-hippie beliefs while not completely alienating ourselves from our friends, family and neighbours.  So how do we do that?

Well, it's a process and as time goes one I'm finding it's easier to be happy with who I am and not worrying about what others think.

I know people think we're strange with what seems like a never ending list of things we won't eat.  Our lawn doesn't match the perfect green carpets on the street.  We have crabgrass and I plant clover each spring instead of grass seed.  We don't have cable so this can make small talk kind of tricky.

But really, we are just trying to do the best that we can with what we have.  And that's how I find balance...with everything.  We do the small things and try to make a difference.

 I think we may be one of the only houses on the block with rain barrels, a composter and  laundry line.  At first I was sad and annoyed that more people didn't share the same ideas that we do.  But over time I've come to realise it doesn't matter what they think.  We do the best we can and if we show that we can do it and be happy then maybe others will be inspired to make a change. 

I don't expect everyone to agree 100%, but what I think I'm trying to say is do the best you can with what you have. Don't try to keep up with the Jones's, you'll never win and you'll never find peace; I stopped trying a long time ago.

So we're making our house into our little homestead and embracing everyone's differences and this is how we find balance in the 'Burbs.

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each." Henry David Thoreau

Happy in the neighbourhood,

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