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The Journey

I was recently having a conversation with a close friend about what it means to live a thoughtful life. Putting our family before ourselves. Doing mundane tasks joyfully. Respecting nature. Treating our bodies as temples. Living a life outside of ourselves. She expressed her guilt that she was too busy to live as thoughtfully as she would like. She told me she envisions a life of sustainable, sovereign living. At the same time, she was overwhelmed with the thought of how to even begin. I reassured her that this life is a journey, and we're all on it in our own time. Where we are in our journey isn't important. What is important is that we decided to take that first step onto the path of a thoughtful life.

I'm not perfect. My family is not perfect. My home is not perfect. My life is not perfect. We are on this journey ourselves. Trying to figure out how to do things differently, better, in a world so imperfect. That's how The Rooted Market began. My family, and so many families I knew, had a need for goods that served these thoughtful lives we were building around us. Yet, it was frustrating hunting down the things we needed. We all joked about there being one place where we could buy quality, non-toxic, sustainable, ethically sourced, and even American-made goods. But we found that that world barely existed. Until now.

Thankfully, the world has shifted. The demand for better products in America is growing. Americans are beginning to create and make again. There is a wave of desire to get back to our roots. To a time that was simple. When we spent our money and bartered our skills in our own local communities. When we took our time to make and build and learn and raise and grow in our own homes.

Many of us are just starting out on this journey, including myself. I'm learning every single day about homesteading. I'm looking back at what my great-grandmother was able to do. She lived on a farm in Mississippi, and she was a writer too. I remember hearing stories of her raising chickens, all the way to putting them on the dinner table. I have often reflected on how I could have gotten so far from my ancestors' sovereign way of living. As my soul is pulled more and more to live a slower daily life, I find this is where joy and peace reside together and at the purest.

So if you are starting out on a journey to simple living or have lived this way your whole life, we hope we can provide the basic goods you need in one place. We are committed to finding and selling quality-made goods created by honest people. Not only do we hope this puts your mind at ease when it comes to spending your hard-earned money, but this gives you more time for all the making and building and learning and raising and growing there is to do.



*If you are interested in advertising your small business here in The Rooted Market community, please fill out the collaboration form located on the Contact page.

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