Feel like there’s never enough hours in the day to get it all done?
Many of us are wanting to get back to basics, cooking our food from scratch, raising it, making it at home, but often times, living a simple lifestyle isn’t easier.
We can become overwhelmed with the shear amount of things we have to do in a day and feeling like we don’t have enough time to do all we want to.
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Kathi: I think you make a really good point, because simplicity isn’t always easy, is it? You’re not taking the easy path necessarily, you’re saying I know that simple living is a faith based point of view, honoring what God has given us. People think that the simple life is I’m just going to do less and life will be easier. I think someone like me, who is trying to shift into a simpler life, that upfront there may be more work.
Some of the ways Overwhelm can apply to this life choice. When we decide we’re going to make a shift in the way we heal, cook or clean, instead of saying I’ve decided we’re going to get rid of all the chemicals in our home, forever and ever, amen and you take a big black garbage bag and you fill it with everything and throw it out, you say, everything now is vinegar and lemons, do tiny steps.
Because don’t people do that? They just go all in.
Instead, we talk about micro-steps. I can get overwhelmed if I think I have to change every cleaning project in my house. Instead, I say I’m just going to look up three articles for research, or one article, and I’m just going to change one thing. I’m just going to replace my window cleaner today. Next week I’ll replace my floor cleaner.
I tend to be an all in person, “I’m going to cook from scratch every meal for the rest of my life.”
The first time I blow that, like the person at McDonald’s knows me by my first name. We live in this place of extreme and we don’t allow ourselves any grace. Getting out from overwhelm is a lot about self grace and self care and instead of making 180 turns it’s making 180 1 degree turns.
We can do tiny things every day that gets us closer to the life God has called us to. We can look at where we were 6 months ago and see where we’ve grown and how far we’ve come and that’s very powerful.
Melissa: I’m an all or nothing person and the problem with that is the first time you mess up, you throw your hands in the air and say I can’t do this.
When we first started really cooking from scratch and kicking out GMO’s processed foods and getting back to whole and basic foods, I was the one suffering with health issues so I was the one who was dedicating to making these changes.
My husband and son where like, “You want us to eat what?” Even now my husband will still buy some of their favorite snack stuff from the store instead of being irritated and put out, we have to have those grace moments.
If you are the one making the changes and cooking, take baby steps. When I first started using fresh ground wheal wheat I had to start with replacing a 1/4 of the flour with the whole wheat, now I can use all fresh ground whole wheat. But it couldn’t be that boom overnight change because they were rebellious.
Kathi: Any time we’re asked to make a change and it’s not our own agenda is hard. We say change is hard, but its especially hard when someone else has bought into it and we have not been converted. One of the things that really helped us form eating out to eating at home was getting better at cooking.
My husband and I started watching America’s Test Kitchen. We’ve together watched these shows and invested in some good tools and said we’re going to learn to cook together. When I saw how excited he was to try and cooking things, we can be mutually persuasive to go to this lifestyle we want, is to capitalize on other people’s interest to get buy in and build your team to change.
Melissa: As we get into the simplicity or for example as cooking more meals from scratch. There’s a time thing, you have to plan out that you have the ingredients from a well-stocked pantry or going to the store to purchase them, any prep work included to make it, and the time, if you’re not used to doing it, it’s going to be adding more time to it. Once you get used to it, the time goes down, but many of us feel like having enough time to do things is already an issue.
There’s a reason the convenience of processed foods and drive thru’s became so popular. What are some tangible steps with micro management that we can use to tackle our schedule so we have the room to do these things that are important to us without feeling overwhelmed?
Kathi: The first step I’m going to tell you is going to feel very counter intuitive, but go with me here.
Kathi: This really goes with the Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. When we can look at our days as not endless but finite. What if today was my last day? What would I want people tok now my priorities are and to live like that. It really is very clarifying and gives you sense of purpose and planning that is the opposite of overwhelmed.
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.