A SIMPLER LIFE

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Just under a year ago I came across a blog called Becoming Minimalist when I was doing some research on: what Christmas means to me and how I want it to evolve in our family.  (I wanted to actively move away from consumerism and materialism).  I have always felt that I don’t want to blindly follow society without questioning if it’s right for me and our family.  The ideas and message in the Becoming Minimalist blog really spoke to me.  In the months since, I’ve learned more and more about this subject, through reading books, websites and blogs.

I’m aware that ‘minimalism’ could be the next fad, but there’s no doubt that it has had a positive impact on my life so far. For me the whole philosophy is about valuing experiences and people over things.

Early on I shared what I was reading with my husband and he instantly felt that it reflected his values and desires too (luckily).  The theme of minimalism and simplicity now permeates every part of our life, everything is easier and guess what?…..simpler.

 

Books I have read and recommend on the subject:

Clutterfree with Kids, Joshua Becker

Simplicity, Joshua Becker

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide, Francine Jay

 

 

Websites I recommend:

Becoming Minimalist

Hipdiggs

The art of simple

Be more with less

 

Podcasts:

Simple Life Together

 

The change that has had the biggest impact on me so far:

Project 333

 

I hope all this sparks your interest like it did mine,  and you find joy, fun and fulfilment in your journey too!

 

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This week I have been…

Reading… The Book Lovers by Victoria Connelly, a simple, uplifting, wholesome, lovely read, I’m enjoying it.

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Planning… My kitchen garden.  (Ha Ha, I have three small raised beds! but I just like the sound of that: my kitchen garden, it makes me happy).  Anyway, yes we are going to try growing what we actually like eating and what we buy each week.  So first on my list is beetroot, apparently really easy to grow, we can eat it fresh and pickle it too, so quite versatile.  Next is cherry tomatoes, which the kids eat like sweets, we will grow ‘Tumbling Tom’ in hanging baskets, planting three plants in each basket and this year I WILL water them EVERY day, and hopefully we’ll get some lovely fruit.  Next there’s peas, again we eat them purely as snacks, raw, they don’t even tend to make it into the house, let alone into a pan to be cooked!  I’ll grow salad leaves in pots on the patio, one of the pots I’ll re-sew every couple of days to get a continuous supply and another pot I’ll sew ‘cut and come again’ salad leaves.

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We have a blueberry bush in a pot and I will plant three raspberry plants in a pot too, although I’m confused as to when I should be doing this?!

I’m tempted by carrots too, because apparently their flavour is sooooo different when home grown compared with shop bought.  Let me know if you have any other (easy) recommendations.  I’ve just joined a gardening club, which meets once a month, it’s a class run by a professional horticulturist, I have attended my first session and we all came away with a Dahlia tuber which we planted up whilst there, it has just in the last couple of days germinated and has sprouted a little shoot, it never ceases to amaze me how something so shrivelled and dead looking can do that!!!

Loving… Minimalism in our home, and simplicity in our life, luckily my husband is fully on board with this and the kids are embracing it too.  I am going to write a separate post on this soon, so look out for that.

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This week I have been…

Reading…Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris.  A psychological thriller.  I read a bit of it then thought, oh this is going to be too graphic and upsetting, so I put it down.  The next day I picked it up again and finished it, it wasn’t either of those things, just really good.

Watching…The film The Notebook.  I loved the main story played by Ryan Gosling (yum) and Rachel McAdams, but could have done without the extra bit, reminding me of just how crap life can actually be!

Loving…Magnolia’s, it’s magnolia season, in the car the kids and I play: see how many magnolias we can spot (rock n’ roll!).  But I do love them, they’re beautiful, I particularly love the deep pink variety called ‘Susan’.

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This week…

Reading: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, I fantastic, inspiring read, non fiction about living a FULL life.

Listening to: Women’s hour, Radio 4 10 am daily, I never fail to be inspired by this program, it is soooo thought provoking and relevant.  I cannot get enough of it and download the pod casts onto my phone, ready for any journeys in the car.

Feeling: happier and calmer, I have set up a little yoga space in our house, and have been finding half an hour to practice because I can’t go to my weekly yoga class while my children are off school for Easter, it really is a little bit of magic.

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