Simple living doesn’t always mean going off the grid and self sustaining – you can live a simple, slow life anywhere.
My husband and I have learned a few lessons about city life from living in Los Angeles, and I wanted to share those with you in a series I’m calling “Simple in the City.”
To some people, slowing down and living an urban lifestyle can go hand in hand, and still others can make a “rural” lifestyle fit into the city they live in:
It it possible to be simple in the city?
Yes! We have a more simple daily life in the middle of Los Angeles (just south of Hollywood) than when we lived on the outskirts of Indianapolis. There, we had to drive everywhere (except Target and Starbucks, and even then there were no sidewalks).
Here in LA, we’re able to get to grocery stores, farmer’s markets, coffee shops and more just within a mile’s walk. Bonus: there are sidewalks and there is no winter (sorry NYC).
We also have more free activities, local restaurants and rich sources of entertainment than we did in Indianapolis (I will say, though, that we never lived downtown in Indy, which would have been a lot more interesting).
The living spaces in the heart of the city are tailor-made for people who want to live small, and typically are designed with efficiency in mind. And since there’s more to choose from, it’s easier to find a place in the exact location you want to live. Hello, short commute.
The extra cost is palpable, but that’s where you have to ask yourself: is this experience worth the expense?
City life isn’t for everyone, but don’t let your ideas of “simple” prevent you from pursuing the life you desire.
What this series will cover
There’s a lot to say about living with less in the city. You can go as extreme or as mainstream as you want.
Obviously, there are no rules for simple living (only what you decide for yourself), but I can provide some guidelines and lessons I’ve learned about urban life. You can look forward to city-specific posts about:
- Shopping (specifically food)
There’s such a misconception about city life being hectic (especially Los Angeles), so I want to provide an alternative insider’s perspective. There are many pains (like traffic, expenses, lack of nature) that can be mitigated by just living in the right area of town.
Simple city living is about working with the flow and rhythm of the city instead of against it.
Stay tuned for these posts over the next few weeks! What city have you dreamed of living in?