Do you desire a simpler life? One with fewer distractions, less stress, and more hands-on, fulfilling activities? These bits of wisdom from Ethan Hughes may inspire you to move your life in a new direction.
The Possibility Alliance, an 80-acre homestead in La Plata, Mo., was created by Hughes and his family to teach anybody and everybody about how to live a more simple and meaningful life. This place is both electricity- and petrol-free, and over 1,000 people visit every year. For the Hughes family, this is the epitome of a happy and healthy life. Here is what Hughes says about how his lifestyle change started:
I fast-tracked my road to simplicity … I realized as I started biking and living simply, my amount of joy, wonder and love of being alive increased. My life became more full, which stuck with me.
It became almost a positive addiction, like a runner’s high. I just started to see what I could do without … It became more exciting, more challenging. And then, that rippled to feeling good and feeling in line with my values and needing less money, so I had more time to do community service. The level of joy I felt when helping others was indescribable. So I simplified and freed up more time and started using that time for things that are important to me: family, living simply, learning skills, and taking care of habitats and ecosystems.
I saw that I was thriving, and other friends who went the road of materialism and security ranged from depressed to overwhelmed to divorced with broken families …
Read the full, incredibly eye-opening interview with Hughes and learn much more about simple living—including the five guiding principles of the Hughes’ homestead—in The Possibility Alliance: Educational Homestead.
For more great wisdom and inspiration when it comes to living a simple, meaningful life, check out these pieces:
- Voluntary Simplicity: Inwardly Simple, Outwardly Rich
- Learning to Live on Less
- Guide to Self-Sufficient Living: Advice From Nine Modern Homesteaders
What are your best tips for living simply and reducing stress and commotion in your life? Please share them with everyone in the comments section.
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