Blog, Self Discovery

Fleeting reaction vs deep time emotion

Fleeting reaction versus deep time emotion.  I’ve noticed something weird over the past few years. As I grow older and settle into myself, finally, I still find myself comparing others’ success to my own, even though underneath I know that really it doesn’t matter. It’s hard to really explain what I mean, but I’m going… Read More Fleeting reaction vs deep time emotion

Blog, Minimalism

Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism

Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism.  I first wrote about minimalism back in 2011 on a little blogspot blog, back in the day. I journeyed through packing, donating, decluttering, inspired by Leo Babauta and The Minimalists. I bought nothing for 2 years, in 2012 and again in 2015, and wrote about how this impacted my… Read More Ten things I’ve learned about Minimalism

Blog, Mental Health, Self Discovery

Lightning

Did you ever get a lightning bolt realisation from reading something small and simple? A little innocuous sentence, but suddenly, a situation becomes clear, all at once? It happened to me this week. Reading the latest Permaculture magazine, Simon Lacey’s article on horticultural therapy really interested me, especially the incorporation of Permaculture principles into therapeutic… Read More Lightning

Blog, Simplicity

What does buying give me?

6 years ago, I decided to stop buying things for a year. I supposed it was easy to stop consuming stuff. After all, I didn’t want to be part of that machine any more – I wanted to break free, to get rid of the knee-jerk twitch that made it so easy to mindlessly keep… Read More What does buying give me?

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The other side of buying nothing

A few years ago, I bought nothing for a year. It seemed so simple on paper. Inspired by the OG Minimalism blogs – Zen Habits, The Minimalists, Becoming Minimalist, Slow Your Home – I loved the idea of a streamlined life, free from clutter and distraction. And so, in the January of 2012, I just… Read More The other side of buying nothing

Blog, Mental Health, Self Discovery, Simplicity

Claws, clutter, and change

The last year or so has been a journey, to put it mildly. Now I’m feeling quite a lot better, and I’m ready to step into this next phase of life. I’m quite looking forward to it. I think I’ve learnt a lot. A road I never expected but really, I feel like a better… Read More Claws, clutter, and change

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Spending to feel better

It’s just about cold enough for porridge today. Even though I’ve pulled on a t-shirt this morning, autumn is pricking at my bare arms and the wind brings that unmistakable scent, the one where summer starts to sigh and draw languidly to a close. The pan lid tickers away, bubbles escaping from inside and the… Read More Spending to feel better

Blog, Minimalism

Shopping for Comfort

  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,… Read More Shopping for Comfort

Blog, Minimalism

Importance

  As autumn hits us in full flow, I find now is the time of year I like to sit back and take stock of all the things flying around my mind. Sometimes, as the seasons wind onward, the colder air turns our thoughts to the end of the calendar year, and of course, the… Read More Importance

Blog, Minimalism

After-effects of buying nothing

After-effects of buying nothing Last year, I challenged myself to buy nothing. Once you get used to buying nothing but food and the odd deodorant, your brain seems to re-wire into a state where it seems strange to buy things. I certainly felt this way, beating myself up for any slip-ups I made. Luckily I… Read More After-effects of buying nothing