We live in a world of growing excess. Material possessions, typically poorly made and unused, overflow our homes. Endless demands on our time clutter our calendars. We have so much of everything. Yet we never seem to have enough of anything (or at least not the things that matter most). It all creates undue stress as well as a drain on our happiness and our resources.
We’re short on time, short on space, and long on stuff and schedules. This seems to be the unsustainable mantra of Chief Mom Officers the world around. But I think there’s a better way (without sweeping lifestyle changes that take us out of “mainstream” living).
I believe we’re part of an emerging community of modern moms who are making a conscious effort to slow the storm of stress in our lives and find more sustainable options. We don’t intend to “fall off the grid” or live in tiny houses or leave our comfortable neighborhoods and friends. We do, however, envision a life that’s not so crowded with crap.
Leading a more intentional and conscious yet “mainstream” lifestyle in many ways starts by saying ‘no.’ We say ‘no’ to fast fashion and wasteful consumption. We say ‘no’ to unnecessary obligations and protect our time vigilantly. We let into our lives only what we have thoughtfully and consciously determined is worth our limited time and space (physically and emotionally).
In exchange, we say ‘yes’ to fewer but more thoughtful purchases. We say ‘yes’ to more family dinners and unscheduled Saturday afternoons. We say ‘heck yeah’ to a few extra moments for ourselves. And we find a more sustainable cadence and a happier family.
This is what this space is all about.
Honestly Modern is Where Ethical and Minimalist Meet Mainstream.
I’d love for you to join me in sharing a space for modern moms to explore ideas about leading more thoughtful and intentional yet mainstream lifestyles. In a culture of competition and conspicuous consumption, a focus on sustainability isn’t always easy, but I think we’ll find it’s well worth the pursuit.
Meet Honestly Modern
No matter where you are on the path to a more sustainable lifestyle, check out some helpful posts and resources. Not only do I hope you find some insightful nuggets you can apply in your own life, but you’ll also get a feel for what to expect from Honestly Modern.
Start With Style
Many modern moms can probably attest to the fact that our closets are one of the easiest places to begin a journey toward sustainability. It may not directly clear your calendar of all those commitments or put quick and easy dinner on the table, but I think you’ll find it’s more empowering and impactful in the journey than initially meets the eye.
Head to the Kitchen
Explore simple recipes and meal ideas, especially those including my boys. I love spending time with my two boys cooking and baking together, not only to expose them to new foods and culinary skills but also as a productive way to share quality time together.
Make Time for Health and Wellness
It’s easy to let these types of activities slip through the cracks when so many other commitments are calling our name. We try to make time for occasional fitness, especially when we can get our boys involved. We set aside time to travel as a family and even ensure we have a few moments for ourselves (though that’s always easier said than done).
New is Out, Upcycled is In
As time for myself or sometimes with the boys, we make an effort to get creative with things we already have to limit the unnecessary rush of more new “stuff” cascading into our home.
Now Go Explore & Join the Community of Like-Minded Moms
As modern moms, we aren’t engaged in a laser focus on frugal living or an overhauled minimalist shift. Instead, we seek to find simple and sustainable ways to let go of the wasteful and unethical excess while making time for what really matters. We strive for a sustainable and conscious cadence to a balanced, everyday life.
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