Almost 12 years ago we took fate by the steering wheel and drove twenty-four hours down to Las Vegas to get married…
Nearly 7 years ago we took our chances of moving to Hungary, not to live in the capital city, but instead opting for a thirteen hectare homestead with grass up to the sky, water in the pond and a couple of goats that gave just enough milk for our morning coffee.
Life has been hard. It has been up and down and up again, not like any roller coaster ride at a questionable theme park, it has simply been life. We take the good with the bad and when the going gets tough, we know that we can handle anything together.
People have called us courageous (or stupid), persistent (or stubborn) – through it all we have discovered simplicity at its finest. Over the last seven years we have gone from accepting hand-me-outs to selling our possessions here and there and finally coming to the realization that we are eco-minimalists (we have enough and we value what we own).
When one has time to think, it becomes more apparent what is really important in life. Family togetherness, handcrafted items, material purity, wholesome omnivorous gluten-free food and wonderful health are just a handful of the many things in life that we cherish.
We didn’t become eco-minimalists overnight, it came about over a series of years and with a better understanding of life and nature around us. If we truly are what we eat – and we choose to be the healthiest possible – then it only makes sense to expand our knowledge of organic agriculture and apply the same concepts to all aspects of our lives. This extends to the very fibers that touch our skin, our clothing that is becoming handmade and organic, garment after finished garment.
Slowly our small wardrobe is being replaced. A knitted sweater here, a pair of felted pants there, throw some crochet into the mix and in a matter of time every article of clothing has meaning and heart in each stitch. We aren’t searching for brand names, we are making our own.
Through simple living we have discovered the resilience of nature, watching walnuts and oaks produce abundantly in some years, not a single nut in others. We want to be like that. Not every moment do we need to be “producing” like some man-made machine; work comes in waves, it rolls in with the clouds and goes out with the rain.
Create when you feel creative. Eat when you are hungry. Take a walk when you are frustrated or sad. In the grand scheme of things, life is quite simple when you learn to take it in slowly.