Hello sweet friend, it's been a little while hasn't it? I've been taking a break from the blog/facebook/instagram recently because I'd been feeling overwhelmed by it. I think that's so common for new bloggers and entrepreneurs. I know I especially struggle with it sometimes because on the one hand, I love to share my learnings and interests with others, but on the other hand I always want to remain true to myself and actually live the message I'm sharing. It can be tricky to navigate feeling grounded and being mindful at the same time as trying to get more followers so that your message reaches more people, you know?
That said, I'm back today feeling chilled out, peaceful and oh-so-happy to be writing again. Today I want to share with you an eclectic list of things I've been loving lately!
1. Being Frugal
As I said to a friend yesterday, "I know, it's not exactly cool". Some people shudder when they hear the word 'frugal' and to be honest, I used to as well! But being frugal is so often mistaken for being a cheapskate and they really aren't the same thing. I'm quite new to being frugal but this whole year I've been slowly but surely winding back on my purchases, little by little. I've really started being mindful about my spending, not only in terms of $ amounts, but also in terms of necessity. And you know what, I'm having a blast doing it! If you'd asked me a year ago, I would have said frugal fun was an oxymoron. Now, I'm rapidly becoming convinced it's the key to a happy life. Which leads me to my next point...
This really goes hand in hand with what I've said above. I think I started reading blog posts about frugality on Frugal and Thriving, because it's Australian and a really down-to-earth resource, but there are plenty of articles out there. I used Pinterest as my gateway to finding lots of resources and ideas about frugality, which led me to minimalism. I've read so many posts over at Becoming Minimalist and over the past few months, I've found myself returning there more and more frequently. I find myself really attracted to the philosophy of minimalism, not so much in the extreme modernist way of having only white walls in a bare house, but more in the way of mindfully choosing purchases and only retaining in your life what you really need. As a result of all my reading and thinking, I got rid of a third of my wardrobe about two weeks ago. It felt so good! It was all stuff I was carting around with no intention of wearing and if you asked me now what I got rid of, I probably couldn't tell you. That's how unimportant that stuff was. I love the simplicity of dressing for work and everyday life now and I'm so excited to continue on this journey because if I'm feeling this inspired already, who knows what will come in the next 6-12 months!
3. Natural Products
Do you sense a bit of a theme here? My perspective is changing in so many ways at the moment but all of it feels slow, mindful and purposeful. About 6 months ago I discovered Nourished Life and lit up like a Christmas tree when I saw how far organic and natural products have come, in terms of availability and pricing (see point 1 above). No longer do you have to part ways with a decent portion of your paycheck to have natural and organic skincare. I put off doing an order for ages so that I'd run out of a whole bunch of things and wasn't doubling up on products (see point 2 above) but for the last month or so I've been using those new products and my skin looks amazing. My beauty routine has become a radically simplified version of what it was, too. I now use coconut oil in place of moisturiser and eye make-up remover. I use castile soap in place of soap and cleanser. I use Weleda Skin Food for eye cream, lip balm, pimple treatment, dry skin treatment, cuts and abrasions...you name it! I am so stoked that my natural products not only come at a fair price but that they actually do a better job, too. I'll be doing a whole range of posts on this soon!
Once upon a time, I would not have considered myself a creative person, despite studying music all through high school. It was probably what I thought true even 12 months ago. Recently though, I really changed my tune when I started to notice how utterly excited I get whenever anything creative is involved. Take this blog, for example: I LOVE to write and share my ideas. I have so many ideas for such a diverse range of topics and this blog really is a huge outlet for me. To give you an idea of what I mean, lately I've been getting really excited about:
- ALL things food and cooking: making jam and relish then home canning it to give to family as Christmas presents (did someone say mason jar?); making bread at home; cooking potatoes in duck fat; making fresh goat's cheese; making my own tomato sauce; making my own butter...the list is honestly endless!
- Reading, writing, cryptic crosswords: I read every day on the bus on the way to and from work, and Phil and I do cryptic crosswords together at home over a cup of tea. I have got through so many books this year thanks to my daily bus trip to work - I am so grateful for it!
- Crochet: those of you who know me will know that I'm currently crocheting a blanket for our home for winter, consisting of no less than 400 little granny squares. It's a serious undertaking but I love the process as well as the outcome.
- Sewing: I cannot sew yet but I'm interested to learn, and my mum has vowed to help me make a new skirt for work (see points 1 and 2 above) as my first project. My grandma, mum and sister are all avid and extremely talented sewers, and so is Phil's mum. I'm hoping I inherited the family gene!
Now you might think this is nothing new for me as I've always really benefited from fitness (in those times that I've been consistent with it) but about 2.5 months ago I severely sprained my ankle at soccer practice and have been in exercise rehab at the physio ever since. When I first did it, I couldn't walk properly for at least 2 weeks. That's a lonnng time where muscle mass is concerned. Needless to say, all that fitness and strength I'd built up over the soccer season went out the window. However, one really positive thing to have come out of this is that I began to crave movement again. I couldn't wait until I could go for walks again, or even, go for a run! I've only just this week been cleared to get back to a light running routine again, on the grass at my local park, and I am freaking loving it!! I've also been given a really good booty, leg and lower core strength-building routine from my physio and it is SO MUCH FUN. I didn't imagine I'd come back to exercise and fitness with such a vengeance but I'm absolutely thrilled about it at the moment.
What are you loving at the moment? What's got you super excited and puts a spring in your step just thinking about it? Share with me in the comments because I love hearing from you!
Until next time,