So I’ve been busy beavering away at mindful towers on something I’m passionate about; writing ebooks. I plan to write lots more ebooks but this is my first one and I’m really excited to share it with you all. It’s all about finding happiness.
It’s been a while since I’ve turned to minimalism on the blog, it’s all been about this turning 40 business, mixed with a bit of mindfulness, but minimalism is still a great passion of mine and I am proud of how my wife and I have reduced our belongings and our needs.
Alongside this reduction in things, I’ve seen an increase in time spent together, in improved wellbeing – I feel calmer, happier and more organised – and in the time spent in experiencing things, rather than tidying, cleaning and paying for it all.
Yet there are still key areas that I can’t get round with minimalism; my wardrobe, throwing things away and reducing the waste we produce.
If you read my blog regularly you’ll know I am a fan of the simple life now which is the culmination of a few years of scaling back from living in London, the biggest of big UK cities. I now live in a rural setting- not too far from York (in the North of England for any of my lovely international readers who haven’t heard of it) with all it’s amenities but in a little village surrounded by fields, and you can hear the cows mooing in the morning, and the swallows or bats swoop over your head depending on the time of day. Continue reading “How to lead a simple life if you live in a big city”
Hands up who washes up, on cleans the house and vacuums the car when they have something important to do? (My hand shoots up high at this point). Hands up who finds they’ve spent three hours on social media when they had a blog post to write, a piece of work to do or have promised themselves they’ll get round to something you really should have done ages ago? (Hand shoots up a bit higher). So hey we all procrastinate at some time, but according to the leading experts on procrastination 20% of us are chronic procrastinators. This would be those of us who put bills in a drawer, who never get the important stuff done, and who never ever buy a gift on time. But why do we procrastinate?
There’s some exciting news regarding Minimalism – The Documentary… it’s now available to watch on Netflix. This means I can watch it again. and again. and again. It’s probably one of the only films I have ever watched more than once. Why would I want to?
I am trying to be more mindful in all areas of my life, and spending and eating are probably the most two challenging of those areas for me. I am turning 40 this year, and this has helped me look at my life and what I want to achieve in the next decade. Still having debt is not one of my aims, funnily enough.
In my last update about my clothing purchase pause, I identified a key potential stumbling block in my six month plan to pause buying on clothes; the January sales. The January sales can be one of two things; a bargain hunters paradise, or a minimalist’s nightmare. If done carefully, it can be an opportunity to buy key pieces and get more for your money, so actually it could be both.
However the January sales were two months before my challenge end. I was determined to avoid them at all costs, and sail on through the the start of March having only gone off course for a winter jumper.