I love the idea of learning from each other. I am often inspired by other people and the way they are living their lives. Sometimes I learn something small and sometimes it's huge. It might be a tip like using comfrey tea as fertiliser or big like the inspiration I received from two local families. They reduced their electricity usage. One family uses under 3 kWh per day!!! The other family use around 7 kWh and I remember thinking, "We could never do that!". However I was inspired and gave myself the challenge of reducing from around 20 kWh to 10 kWh per day. Our last two bills have been around the 6 or 7 mark! Way lower than I was aiming for and heaps easier to achieve than I imagined.
I would like to inspire others as well. We have changed heaps of things we do around here and I intend to write a post shortly about the differences between then and now.
Today though, I am thinking about what a bad ambassador I am. For years I have used natural cleaners for my home and natural skincare products. I know they work as well, and often better, than the supermarket products at a fraction of the cost. Yet I will not inspire anybody or convince them about the efficacy of my methods. Why?
My house is usually very messy because I am busy. Busy cooking, gardening, sewing or some other very productive pastime. I would love to have a clean and tidy house. I would love it for me, but most of all I would love it because I could then say to people, "But look how well these products work!!! Why would you pay through the nose for the packaged supermarket stuff?" And I know that owning all the bleaches and chemical cleaning products in the world would not make me a better housewife!
Instead I would continue to get halfway through some cleaning job and become sidetracked by something much more meaningful.
As for the skincare - same deal! I'm not one for titivating. I'm getting something done at home, I'm off to the school or I have spinning to get to. There's not much time for moisturising or applying masks when the sun is shining and the garden beckons. Worse still I often go outside without sunscreen or a hat because I only pop out for a minute. I don't intend to be out there for an hour or more. Yet before I know it I've seen some weeds to pull and something that needs fertilising etc. I see myself as very girly and feminine. I love pretty things and wearing dresses. I like to use pretty crockery and have vases of flowers. So I don't know why I missed out on that dose of 'vanity in just the right amount' that everyone else seems to have.
So while I know that my clay masks and agave moisturiser are wonderful, I'm no advertisement!
So I'm sorry guys, I'd love to be a good example, but it's up to you! Please keep your houses tidy and clean and make sure you look after your skin so that it glows with radiant beauty. Then others may see that natural products work and be converts to our gentler way of living!