Happy, simply. quotes – 1 each week for a whole year!

So this post stems from emailing Rochelle who has been helping me with designing the poster and banner for Happy, simply. (very cool poster and banner I must say) and if we want to use the ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ tag line in the banner…

I thought of one or two others that I like or quickly came to mind to replace the one above but then the inspiration hit me and this little flurry of quote came out as I have just been listening to an awesome podcast from the Moneyless Man that I listen to often, and then I watched a doco called Czech Dreams about advertising and consumer culture in the Czech Republic – both very cool and you should check them out!

Moneyless Man – the long interview http://www.podfeed.net/episode/The+Moneyless+Man+Interview+-+How+he+has+lived+for+over+2+years+without+a+penny/3003826

Czech Dream you can get from a great resource of documentaries from Thought Maybe – http://thoughtmaybe.com/czech-dream/

Anyway check out a few quotes (many) that have me thinking Happy, simply. – a lifestyle model and education project…

– Less is More

– Healthy, happy and with lots of friends

– People over profit and debt free!

– Where just enough is plenty

– The best things in life are not things

– ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ actually I read this in a Chinese fortune cookie!

– Live like the change to want to see

– Is the glass half-full or half-empty? I’d be happy with a glass

– Are you are part of solution or are you a part of the pollution – Michael Franti, Spearhead

– Where people and places make the richest life

– Pure simple living

– Close to 100% pure living

– No additives – no need!

– Needs win over wants

– Where giving needs no receiving as giving alone is receiving enough

– Active citizenship, community participation and interactive living

– Better for you, society, the environment and the future…

– Its not a sacrifice, its enRICHing

– The gift of giving is giving

– Wealthy in friends, experiences and time

– When we get to choose simplicity it is a beautiful thing

– Richer for keeping below the Jones’

– The best storage space is no storage

– The way we were meant to live…?

– Where life is rich and real

– Equality can happen

– Sustainable living as the world designed for us all to fit

– Adapt a part or order the life package

– Personal and interactive with society and nature

– Where we are all just as important and insignificant as one another

– Where the richest thing in life, is life

– Living with a community and nature, not in it

– Where the cost of living is almost priceless (in costs and rewards!)

– Live in wealth of family, friends, community, nature and connection

– Regaining a sense of ‘normal’ from when we were put on this planet

– Live, learn and share

– In a community with a community

– Where caring is sharing and sharing is caring

– Not the mainstream, but why not? or Not mainstream New Zealand, but why not?

– Teach a man to build and he’ll build a happy simple village (or better if teaching a woman)

– Sorry no time for TV, too busy loving living

– Where todos conspirar para inspirar (where all things conspire to inspire in Portuguese)

– Resilience is a joy and path to more

– Live above the line but only just enough

– Live between the lines (of rich and poor)

– Feel connected, purposeful, engaged and simply satisfied

– Where you have more time for life and need less time for debt

– Where you will never want to return to a life of debt

– Have more space to think and enjoy life

– Make dreams come true (the kind you didn’t even know about)

– Where the simple things in life ARE the best

– If we want justice and equality for all

Happy, simply.

Would love to hear more of these… please add more in the comments section if you know more or want to adapt any!

Some are probably a bit too harsh in value judgements but maybe we them sometimes…? There is a list of 52 quotes here so I can add one of these a week in 2013 to give you Happy, simply. reminders if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter as I am not sure how I can avoid our social media dictators to do this… maybe print (recycled, reused one sided paper!) and cut them up and pin one up each week in your 10 square meter house somewhere… just thinking.

Also I wonder if there is a better picture to accompany this or using a variety of pictures…

I know I use this photo a lot but it does represent so much I love in the world. Nature and the basics. Put a community around it and its perfect (to me).

Happy, simply. Poster

This is what I have been waiting for to really kick this idea off – a poster and kind of visual representation of the concept and my brain. Big thanks for a friend who answered a previous blog post asking for visual help with this concept as I am a dot points kind of guy.

In conjunction with the poster I also had a great chat with the founder of SHAC (Sustainable HAbitat Challenge) who is finding a building designer and builder to work on the house aspect and we have a build date for the first week of Feb.

Will have a little more info like a timeline on having this happen but for now the POSTER!!!

Great to see this story doing the rounds from Avaaz (17 million members) to one of my favourite blogs and great source of information and inspiration for Happy. Simply. kind of people…

As the President of Uruguay shows it is not rocket science. Less is more! Make sure you keep an eye on Jeremy’s blog – makewealthhistory.org not about bringing down the rich but highlighting the richness of the simple.

Make Wealth History

Last week a court proved a £50,000 fraud case against my former member of Parliament, among the worst of the MPs caught out in the expenses scandal a couple of years ago. It was a damaging incident, and for many people it reinforced their suspicions that politicians are in it for themselves.

Of course, most politicians aren’t in it for the money, and I read a dramatic example of that last week. There is one world leader who gives away 90% of his salary and lives on an average wage. He drives 25 year old Volkswagen Beetle, and lives on a farm at the end of a dirt track instead of the official presidential residence.

The man in question is President Jose Mujica of Uruguay, who was profiled by the BBC last week. You can read his story there, and watch a video of him at his farm. He…

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This is where I learnt about simplicity, happiness and pure life. Unfortunately it is at the expense of those who don’t have the choice and have to face challenges we don’t have to when we choose simplicity like access to clean water, infrastructure, innovation, food security, etc… Thank you to those who have taught me and I hope some day we can all CHOOSE simplicity.

Normal Life in the Life of Lunny

As a part of all the trainings and workshops I have given on social justice and advocacy I always include a component of storytelling. This is an example of mine but you might like to adopt something similar. Importantly it is about a particular point in your life and doesn’t have to be about being overseas or something shocking, just something personal. I have been extremely privileged to hear hundreds of these stories and there is no one style that should exist.

Guidelines for the best kind of Your Story blog:

  • 200-1000 words (about 300-600 words usually works best)
  • 3-5 pictures or photos to support your story
  • Content should be one personal experience either explaining why you care about social justice, poverty or similar issues – again it does not need to be a sad story or from a particular place, it just needs to be personal then refined and written

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Happy Simply Lovingly Looking for a School…

Please see below a cascade of information that I have made for a school newsletter. The idea for Happy Simply is to incorporate a school in the organising, building, maintaining and education of the project – hence a life model and education project…

This is pitched at the Te Ra Waldorf School on the Kapati Coast (north of Wellington) but really the idea could be for anywhere… Any takers?!

The snapshot little newsletter spot:

Happy Simply wanting input from Te Ra School and Community

Happy Simply – sustainable lifestyle model and education project. Debt free – healthy, happy and with lots of friends. Where the best things in life are not things. You get it…

Importantly I want to include the community and especially a school in the planning, building and management of this project, offering a great learning experience.

I would love to hear from the Te Ra community so please let me know your thoughts – darcy@globalpovertyproject.com. I have a more detailed proposal if you wish to see.

For reference please see my blog: https://happysimply.wordpress.com .

Many Thanks, d’Arcy.

Education – for us all!

The middle-sized newsletter piece:

Happy Simply wanting input from Te Ra School and Community

Happy Simply – sustainable lifestyle model and education project. Debt free – healthy, happy and with lots of friends. Where the best things in life are not things. You get it…

The idea is a living model where just enough is plenty and being an active, engaged and happy citizen. Specifically the holistic approach to this life model would include: a simple dwelling (10m²); renewable energy source; bio-compostable toilet; rainwater capture; edible garden; transport – cycling and public transport (train to Wellington); and volunteering in the local community.

Importantly I want to include the community and especially a school in the planning, building and management of this project, offering a great learning experience.

So… what I am looking for from the Te Ra Waldorf School community is:

  • consent, inclusion and shared ownership of this idea and project
  • possibly land to house the project – 50-100m² and best if near the school, Paekakariki or within 3km of a train station on the Kapati Coast
  • possible contacts and information on each of the components of the project – housing, food, transport, volunteering, etc
  • thoughts, ideas, suggestions and feedback!

I am happy to finance this project as much as it needs but any in-kind support would be greatly appreciated. I will be back in Aotearoa New Zealand in January till April and would love to turn this opportunity into a reality. Once functional it would be an open door policy and as a teacher I’m passionate to share the model far and wide.

I would love to hear from the Te Ra community so please let me know your thoughts – darcy@globalpovertyproject.com. I have a more detailed proposal if you wish to see.

For reference please see my blog: https://happysimply.wordpress.com or my other blog including my time here currently in Pakistan – learning and advocating about the culture and life in positive way: http://lunny06.wordpress.com.

Many Thanks, d’Arcy.

Friend family community – easy to feel rich in life!

And finally the full-page detailed article!

Happy Simply wanting input from Te Ra School and Community

Happy Simply – sustainable lifestyle model and education project. Debt free – healthy, happy and with lots of friends. Where the best things in life are not things. You get it…

The idea is a living model where just enough is plenty and being an active, engaged and happy citizen. Specifically the holistic approach to this life model would include:

  • a 10m² house from recycled materials with the SHAC (Sustainable HAbitat Challenge) not-for-profit org, based in NZ – http://www.shac.org.nz/
  • renewable energy source, bio-compostable toilet, rainwater capture – off all grids
  • edible organic garden for as much food needs as possible 10-15 m²
  • transport – cycling and public transport (train to Wellington)
  • volunteering in the local community

This is not really something new or that unique and it is not for everyone to take on everything in the model. What I hope to do is show others what is possible and offer any of the components that can be integrated into their daily lives.

Importantly I want to include the community and especially a school and students in the planning, developing, building and management of this project. I know it will offer a great learning experience and then become a part of the community.

So… what I am looking for from the Te Ra Waldorf School community is:

  • consent, inclusion and shared ownership of this idea and project
  • possibly land to house the project – 50-100m² and best if near the school, Paekakariki or within 3km of a train station on the Kapati Coast
  • possible contacts and information on each of the components of the project – housing, food, transport, volunteering, etc
  • thoughts, ideas, suggestions and feedback!

Who the hell am I?

I’m a teacher and perpetual volunteer. I work for environmental, global and social justice as an educator, presenter, advocate and learner. I want to not only work in this field but live it full-time. In over 11 years and 58 countries of experiences I’ve never been to spot more suitable to offer this project than the Kapati Coast of Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am happy to finance as much as is needed for this project but ideally it would be great to have in-kind support where possible. I would plan to live in the dwelling and live the model life however I’m only around 2-10 months of the year at the moment while I work in international aid and development (currently writing to you from Pakistan on polio eradication advocacy work). It would always be an open door policy and as a teacher I am passionate to share the learning that comes from the process and the final product.

I would love to hear from the Te Ra community so please let me know your thoughts – darcy@globalpovertyproject.com.

For reference please see my blog: https://happysimply.wordpress.com or my personal blog including my time here in Pakistan – http://lunny06.wordpress.com. I will be back in Aotearoa New Zealand from January to April next year and would love to turn this opportunity into a reality.

Many Thanks

d’Arcy.

Participation is Education!

Consumerism Cancer

While I go about my blogging in Pakistan –http://lunny06.wordpress.com I can refer you to my favourite simplistic blog site with very thorough insights, research and perspectives from a great academic, Samuel Alexander, and also the people he attracts.

The latest post put up on the Simplicity Institute site or Voluntary Simplicity looks at Simplicity, Sustainability and Human Rights – http://simplicitycollective.com/simplicity-sustainability-and-human-rights

But to me this really takes me to what I believe is one of the biggest cancers on humans, that seems to have grown to epic levels in some places, and that is consumerism.

If someone was to ask me at a beauty contest what I would want to wish for in the world, it would be for humans to be rid of consumerism. If we had a world were just enough is plenty and we can fulfil our needs, not our wants, I think most other things would come back to equilibrium with most importantly – happiness and satisfaction.

I usually don’t go around pointing the finger at others and I am not here to lecture people on material wealth and over consumption, instead it is in my very privileged life that I have seen many cultures where consumerism isn’t at the forefront of their minds and to me they live in the most purest forms I life I can imagine – people, places, community, nature and happiness. When there isn’t enough that is a problem but when there is too much that is also a problem for me.

Rich or poor?

All I can do is live my life in the way I choose but I feel like having been amongst a great number of cultures and communities the best ones for me in my experience are those who are rich with family, community, nature and time. Hence the idea of the Happy Simply lifestyle model and education project!

Rich – to me

Anyway, keep an eye on Samuel’s website and you might also like to keep on these others that are favourites of mine for keeping a Happy Simply mindset: