Make do and Mend. Buy nothing new for a year. - Surviving on Shoestrings by Donna Miller
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Surviving on Shoestrings by Donna Miller

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Make do and Mend. Buy nothing new for a year.

Am I issuing a challenge? Maybe...

BPhoto Credit: My Make Do & Mend Yearut it is exactly this type of self-imposed challenge that has made an impact on the life of Jen Gale. I had the joy of interviewing here last week.  The show airs here on: Surviving On Shoestrings and you may enjoy taking a listen.  We got into the impact upon other family members, children, waist/garbage and societal norms...then of course the actual projects both exciting and daunting ones.  It was one of my favorite interviews on the new show this year so far!  I intend to have her on other shows simply because we ran out of time!

As I spoke with Jen and heard her passion for spending an entire year making do and mending, buying nothing new (but food and if need be, underwear).... I heard a sense of freedom and release from social pressures in her voice that reminded me that making this change as a choice now will better prepare us should we be called upon to live this way more out of necessity than choice in the future.

Not only is it good stewardship to make do and mend virtually everything...but it creates a sense of confidence and community to do so.   Do you remember repair shops?  Those were skilled individuals who were gainfully employed just to make things we (the unskilled) had last longer! As a society we hardly ever take anything to be repaired any more, much less repair it ourselves.  So I guess I am issuing a challenge... or perhaps just a self-diagnostic set of questions to get things started:

  • Could I go all year without buying anything new?
  • Could my family & friends understand and support this?
  • Do I toss something and just buy a new one to replace it too easily?
  • What would be my biggest challenge to making do and mending?
  • What would be my biggest reward?
  • Am I willing to givie it a go to see the impact on... my time, my finances, my skill set? 

After you listen to this show... Please consider leaving a comment to help inspire others if you are willing to do this or have done it in any areas of your life!  Be transparent too and share if this would be a serious struggle for you or your family.


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About Millers Grain House

Donna Miller is the wife of almost 29+ years to the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law. She is the hostess of the radio shows Your Preparation Station, Surviving on Shoestrings and Encouragement in the Kitchen . She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes and ladies retreats for people to learn hands-on lost skills. She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine .

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