There’s nothing quite like staying in a new place for a few nights. Whether you are staying in a hotel, with relatives, or in a strangers home there is a certain charm about the unfamiliar and a excitement about new perspectives.
When we went to Savannah a few weeks back, we had the pleasure of staying in the cutest little Airbnb right outside of downtown. It was eclectic, it was unique, and to me, it was very much inspiring.
We didn’t get the chance to meet our hosts (our trip took place while they were out of town), but you can really tell a lot about a person from their home. The house was filled with photographs both of their family and of their travels, draped with floor pillows and bohemian vibe. Comfort was key ( +1000 awesome points). But what stood out to me most in this home was the owner’s careful choices of natural products.
In the kitchen, we were surrounded by fermenting vegetables and self-canned food. Local roasted coffee and herbal teas lined the shelves. Throughout the house soaps, shampoos and cleaners advertised locally-made, healthy ingredients. Preservative free, chemical free, fair trade.
Why does this matter? Why was this different for me?
If we’re being honest, I don’t really know. I’ve always tried to live a conscious lifestyle – simple and healthy- while paying particular mind to our budget. I’m a fan of supporting local products and better-for-you items… but putting your money where your mind is can be easier said then done.
This visit made me think because I was literally living in a environment that embodied a consciousness about what we are putting in and on our bodies.
This convicted me because it’s easier for me to buy something because it’s cheap without thinking of the long-term effects it may have on my family and the workers who created it.
This home inspired me to introduce more earth friendly, human rights supporting, and healthier cleaning + eating options in my own home and for my family.
Before I continue, here’s an aside: Every family has different convictions when it comes to what products to use and which companies they support. That’s okay, and I’m not here to tell you otherwise.
That said, this visit showed me what it could look like to pursue a different lifestyle than one I am currently living. One that supports local families, human rights, and natural foods. And I liked it. Nevermind, I loved it. I could picture my family in our little apartment, with an overflow of local fruits and vegetables on the counter. I could smell the soft scent of hand-made soap. I like the idea of the products we buy, the things we invest in, having a impact beyond cleaning the counter-top or saving us a dollar. I want to support companies that pair their employees and workers fair wages, that have natural items and also care for their workers.
To me, as crazy as it sounds, this is freeing. To live in a way that supports community and natural products, to cultivate a environment in my home of cozy comfort and healthy choices. I am excited, I am nervous, I am free.
So what about you? What is a simple thing in life that inspires you? That makes you want to live differently, to pursue better things? I’d love to hear your perspective!