Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
Today, I’m pleased to feature Brenda Woolner, who tells us about her minimalist lifestyle in Nova Scotia.
My name is Brenda Woolner and I live in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. I discovered this blog a few months ago and it is great to feel part of this online community.
I am 54 years young and have been living a minimalistic lifestyle for many years. I was raised with parents who lived a simple and frugal lifestyle. My son who is 22 and used to eschew my actions is now developing minimalistic tendencies of his own. And the cycle continues!
I followed my heart to Nova Scotia after living for 15 years in Nelson BC – a sweet little mountain town. Nelson is a lovely place to live but a challenging place to create a livelihood. It is here that I developed and honed the minimalistic actions that I use today in the city.
Some of the things that I do include:
*Eat locally and grow some of my own food
*Buy used whenever possible
*Support my mom and pop establishments rather then chains if I have to buy something new – it may cost a little bit more but it contributes to a broader sense of community which is important to me.
*Share my vehicle with others
*Ride my bike and walk as much as I can
*Constantly purge so I do not accumulate stuff that I do not use on a daily basis.
All the things that I do are very simple actions and they DO make a difference. In fact being frugal enabled me to save for a long wanted 4-month mid-life pilgrimage to Peru.
When I moved 6000 miles across the country I did not bring much furniture or personal effects with me. In fact I shared the moving truck with people who were also making the trek – saving all of us money.
My entire 750 square foot bungalow in the city is furnished with items from yard sales, thrift stores and kijiji that I found. My dream is to downsize even further to a “tiny house perched on the shores of the Atlantic ocean.”
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story.