My name is Mary, and I’m on my way to living a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Self-sufficiency didn’t really interest me until a couple years ago.  Back in 2015 I came out of a spell of depression to what one could call a spiritual awakening.  This brought me to see our world in a new, bright light.  I could also see all of the harm we were causing our planet, and it made me wonder why we choose to do so, and what we can do to help.

After doing some online searching, I came across what is called a zero waste lifestyle.  The person’s goal is to create as little waste as possible that would otherwise be sent to a landfill.  Some individuals can actually fill a mason jar with their year’s worth of trash!

Needless to say this really inspired me, and led me to think about my own daily trash output and how I choose to live and the effects of my lifestyle.  After plenty of reading and research, I started to become really interested in self-sufficiency.

In the dictionary, self-sufficient is defined as needing no outside help in satisfying one’s basic needs, especially with regard to the production of food.  

Currently I am living in Berlin,Germany with my husband and our son Benoit.  We have had plenty of talks of living out in the country and building our own house, of living off the land.  But could it ever really happen if we don’t have any of the skills necessary to do so? (or the funds, but that’s another story.)

This is my goal.  I want to learn the skills that will allow me to depend less on consumption and the creation of waste, and instead allow me to live off of my own work.  Skills such as growing my own food, sewing and knitting, fermentation and preserving, foraging, and making my own personal care products.

The road to self-sufficiency is definitely a long one (maybe even a bit intimidating!).  Even so, I plan on spending as much time as I feel necessary on each skill before continuing on to the next one.  After all, I think it’s safe to say we have some time before we start building that house….

The Name

I chose the name my quiet glory after reading the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  In this book about creative living, the quiet glory Gilbert speaks of is “one of merely making things, and then sharing those things with an open heart and no expectations”.

I love this.  And it is so relevant to where I am in my life right now.  As we grow older, I think we tend to forget about the making bit and tend to concentrate more on the finished product and its reviews and feedback.  While reaching the end process can be very exciting and satisfying, I always try to slow down and enjoy the “merely making things” aspect in my everyday life.

This blog is a documentation of my journey.  My “merely making things”.  My quiet glory.


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