Sustainable living is about creating a lifestyle where you work towards being content with your life and not wanting or needing more things all the time. This means pursuing your passions without feeling guilty, sharing what you love with others, prioritizing what’s most important to you, and finding ways of doing it at home.
It can also mean enjoying yourself without feeling bad about doing so. It’s OK to fail now and then; after all, sustainable living is about taking care of oneself while still having fun. That said, here are some sustainable ways you can pursue your passions in the comfort of your home:
1. Find the time to pursue your passions
It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. If you have a passion or hobby that brings up strong emotions in you, then pursuing it will bring joy to your life. If you dedicate some time each week to a pursuit that interests you, you’ll find yourself becoming happier and better adjusted.
2. Turn off all electronics and put them away
Take some time to clear off your desk, put all of your electronic devices away, and only take out the computer if you need it for school or work. By clearing off your desk, you’ll be able to sit down with a paper notebook and write down your thoughts in complete silence. You’ll gain better focus on whatever task is at hand.
3. Make a list of all the things you love to do
Make a list of everything you love to do, and make sure it’s something that pleases you. It could be anything from reading, painting, playing chess, or even dancing naked in the rain. As long as the activity has meaning for you, write it down.
4. Prioritize what is most important to you
While it may seem best to pursue everything you love doing, it’s not advisable to try to do them all at once. Instead, prioritize what you care about most and find time for that activity or hobby in your daily schedule.
5. Create a space for your passion in your home
If you truly love something, then you’ll want to find a space in your home where you can do that activity. You could set up a sewing studio complete with your favorite Butterick patterns and machines to create your clothes. Or you can write poetry in a room with a beautiful view of the city.
Whatever activity it is, give yourself a place to practice it so you can enjoy it to the fullest.
6. Start small-make a plan and take action
Even if you only have time in the evenings for your hobbies, set aside some free time to pursue something that interests you. Give yourself small goals so you can take action immediately. If sewing is your passion, buy a simple pattern and get started by making an easy skirt or pair of shorts after dinner each night. Or if writing is your passion, then spend 10 minutes each day writing in a journal.
7. Enjoy yourself-don’t feel guilty about it
You are allowed to enjoy yourself. You don’t have to feel bad about finding happiness in the little things in life because doing so will only make you more miserable. Give yourself credit for having the time and courage to put your passions first.
8. It’s OK to fail
It’s important to realize that it isn’t the end of the world if you fail at pursuing a passion. You don’t have to do everything perfectly, and sometimes things will fall apart or not go as planned. It’s a part of life, and it’s important to be able to laugh at your mistakes, learn from them, and keep going.
9. Share your passion with others
You don’t have to keep your passions a secret because sharing your love for something with others will make you feel good. It’s a way of expressing yourself, and it could lead to meeting new friends or even becoming more involved in an activity you enjoy.
10. Remind yourself why you want to pursue your passion
Reminding yourself why you’re passionate about something will help you push through the hard times when it’s difficult to continue. When your passion for making quilts is driving you forward, you’ll find the strength to keep going, learn new techniques, and create new pieces of art.
11. Keep thinking about what makes you most content
Keep thinking about what brings you the most joy and hold on to that feeling because happiness is a state of mind. Remembering this will help you stay motivated to pursue your passions daily. Plus, it can help you start taking steps towards where you want to be next.
Having passions is important because it gives you something to work towards and look forward to. Don’t think of your passions as an extra thing you have to do, but rather as something essential for your well-being.
Without your passions, you’ll simply be a machine that’s going through the motions of adulthood. That’s why it’s important to take the time each day to pursue what you love and make sure that your days are full of happiness.