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It’s OK to rest

I have to remember that it’s OK to rest. Crazy weeks, emotional battlegrounds – giving, giving, and feeling myself drain. I know it was too much, yet still I continued. And this space, a space that I’d filled with plans, took its chance and made me stop. Essays sit unfinished, deadlines drawing closer. Books pile… Read More It’s OK to rest

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October

The wind rips through Birch branches outside, bringing twigs clattering onto the conservatory roof. Inside a fluffy fleece, I snuggle deeper into the chair, still in that hot-chocolate-glow that lingers after a long, piping hot bath. The old Bush stereo crackles Schubert in the background, as an unseen draught sends yellow flames flickering from beeswax.… Read More October

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What do I have?

What do I have here? This girl, armed with a pen and a notebook, defiance and vulnerability, an idea and a song. What do I have, when all else is stripped away – shaving down piles of consumerism, trinkets and toys. A layer, as I sit, surrounds me in an orbit of products, collections, the… Read More What do I have?

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Clearing out – Spring Decluttering

It’s spring! Finally! And along with the better weather and hints of warmth appearing in the longer days, I seem to have woken from the sluggishness of winter along with the season. Feeling more ‘spring-like’ means I’ve been looking at life with new eyes…and along with that, comes the inevitable feeling to declutter again. Since… Read More Clearing out – Spring Decluttering

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Shopping for Comfort

It’s hard to quit that shopping thing. To walk out, willingly, and detach ourselves from the main principle underlying our society, rejecting the status quo and creating a new normal for ourselves It sounds far-fetched, even radical. Is this what we’re doing when we start to embrace minimalism? To an extent, I believe it is.… Read More Shopping for Comfort

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Replace – minimalism beyond the ‘clear-out’

So, decluttering. Becoming a minimalist. Simplifying. The minimal movement is becoming more and more popular, as we begin to feel the effects of ‘peak stuff‘ and yearn for something more than another shopping trip, another credit card bill. Minimalism, with its image of empty, shiny counter-tops, statement art pieces in downsized lofts, less expenditure and… Read More Replace – minimalism beyond the ‘clear-out’

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The Life Energy Experiment – value in different terms

  Recently, Catherine at The Midlands Minimalist wrote an amazing post that really got me thinking. When we purchase an item, we think in terms of money, of expense. But what is easily overlooked is the inherent value of the item in real terms. What really interested me about the post was the idea of… Read More The Life Energy Experiment – value in different terms