Shannon Hayes wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Shannon is the author of Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, The Grassfed Gourmet and The Farmer and the Grill. She is the host of Grassfedcooking.com and RadicalHomemakers.com. Hayes works with her family on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in Upstate New York. (Article reprinted with permission)
Brilliant! Shannon has clearly found the secret to happiness and balance. I will forward this to all my overacheiving Wellesley friends, most of whom could benefit greatly from her article. As a mother of three, business owner, wife, homemaker, fundraiser, etc. I am also asked frequently "how do I do it all?" I choose what's important, then I do it very well. I also take pleasure in small joys, like the perfect flower or a giggle from my kids.
shannon, so true with me as well. Very low electronic diet. I liked the term however. Wish you deep evolutions. Love and warm regards/ Ummed
I like that you have found an in home source of income. You have simplified your lifestyle to enjoy what you like and take the responsibility of creating your environment which includes the home schooling, the participation of working the farm and focusing on your inter relationships. You use the electronic media as a tool without the necessity of the stress level of the mind numbing 24 hours by 7 days a week by hundreds of sources of talking heads that entertain the stressed out.
Most excellent. I too live a "lower than average" electron life. My work still keeps me in front of a computer (instead of in front of people!) much longer than I prefer. Other than that...NPR a couple of times a weeks gives me all the bad news I chose to digest! Thank you for such a concise and thoughtful post.
I think we all rely too much on tech life in our world. I will turn off tv, radio, computer for a c ertain length of time every day. I hope to get to just a few hours a day instead of being a tv addict for 10 to 12 hours a day. There is more to life than in fron t of the tv every day. This story was very inspiring to me.
Love your honesty - "how do you do it all - I DON'T."
And neither does anyone else. We all do the best that we can do - some days are better than others, more productive and smoother - other days are a complete disaster. It's all how we react and deal with them.
Thanks for the thoughtful post.
SO BEAUTIUFLLY WRITTEN! I WISH THINGS WERE SO LESS ANXIETY RIDDEN IN MY LIFE AND I AM ALONE WITH MY DAUGHTER DECEASED IN '05 I THINK I BASICALLY JUST GAVE UP HOPE OF ANYTHING AND AM A ZOMBIE AND MY ONLY OUTLET IS THE COMPUTER AND MY GAZE OFF IS THE TV SO I HAVE NOISE AND DONT HAVE TO THINK THAT MY DAUGHTER IS GONE AND HOW MUCH I LOVE AND MISS HER AND NOW NEXT TO HER URN SITS MY FATHERS WHO PASSED IN OCTOBER....TRULY ALONE!
Bravo Shannon! So glad you're living more real life than virtual life.
Like you I have media phobia. I'm concerned that it's contributing to the dramatic rise in anxiety, stress, and more serious mental health problems. We're just not built to take so much in without negative consequences to our optimal functioning. As animals, we need to be spending the majority of our time in touch with nature, with other people, in environments right around us, at real speeds. But because as humans conforming=belonging, we fall into the technology traps that rob us of real life experiences just because everyone else is doing it.