I find myself very lucky to be a part of an online blogging community that spans minimalism, slow living, personal finance and everything in between. Since I started Tiny Ambitions a year and a half ago, I’ve had the absolute privilege to make some amazing blogging friends. Every now and then I share some of my favourite posts on my social media channels, but I wanted a more permanent space to give bloggers credit where credit is due. So, welcome to, “Mindful Content Worth Reading This Week”Here are some of the posts I’ve read in the past week that have really resonated with me. I hope you enjoy them!
The Value of Living Through (And Not Sharing) The Mess – Cait Flanders
Cait’s post resonated with me on so many levels, but especially as a person who lives in the online space to a certain extent. Cait’s been going through a time of change in her life, and rather than sharing all of that with her audience, she’s been focusing on working through it on her own.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the parts of my life I do share online here and the parts I need to keep to myself. It is an interesting responsibility we have as content creators. We’ve built audiences based on what we share, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to keep anything for ourselves.
I also am trying to be more aware of the kinds of content I’m sharing. I want things to be genuinely useful and helpful for people, not just the next trend because I want the clicks.
Good things take time and (unfortunately) you need to be patient – Jessica Rose Williams
It’s like Jessica wrote this post from inside my head because I am a terribly impatient person. It’s my least favourite thing about myself. I want everything and I want it now. On the flip side, I’m also a perfectionist. So I’ve found that if something isn’t going exactly to plan, I’ll just abandon the whole thing in a huff because I don’t want anything less than perfect.
I’ve been working on my patience. But it is a really hard process. Sometimes, it literally means counting to 10 in my head and then deciding to let something go.
Making My Wardrobe Work for Me (Not the Other Way Around) – Lisa’s Simple Life Experiment
If you’ve had trouble letting go of clothes that don’t really work with your life or body any more, this post is for you. I love Lisa’s honesty in her struggle with dealing with her changing body.
I’ve had similar battles with my closet during changes in my life. When I graduated from my undergrad, all of my cheap, ‘going dancing’ clothes had to go. I held onto them for much longer than I should have and continued to give myself angst about why they didn’t fit anymore. I think it’s hard for anyone to see their body change, even minutely, because we are so conditioned to believe we need to look a certain way to be acceptable to societal eyes. When I was younger, I often fell into patterns of disordered eating when I started to find myself outside the ‘norm’ of acceptable beauty standards (or what I perceived to be outside the norm).
So, it makes me so happy to hear that Lisa is not going the way of punishing her body with an unsustainable diet and exercise routine. Cultivating self-acceptance is a much more rewarding process than any diet!
Frugally Awesome…or Awkward: Lawn Mower Edition – She Picks Up Pennies
Sometimes things that are ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ aren’t really free or cheap at all. But, the way they can cost you is occasionally hilarious. In this month’s edition, Penny explains how her frugal lawn mower has really ended up costing her much more than if she’d purchased a new one.
Where I live, we have something called Treasure Days, where people put stuff on the curb they don’t want and you get to keep it for free. When this summer’s Treasure Day rolled around, we scored a ‘free’ and super cool old bookcase/cabinet thing that we thought would look perfect in our new house.
In fact, it needed to be cleaned (add Lysol wipes and sponges to the price). Now, Mr.TA wants to sand it down and paint it from scratch (Cha ching). The thing is still sitting in our shed, collecting dust. I will eat my hair if we ever end up finishing it. It’s not my proudest minimalist moment.
I loved each of these posts individually and for different reasons. I love the range of things people in my online community are dealing with in their daily lives. If you’ve liked this round-up, let me know and I’ll make it a monthly feature!
Did you read something that really resonated with you this month? Link me in the comments below!
P.S. I am taking next week off as I’ll be attending a ‘destination’ wedding. It’s a destination for us because we have to fly there. To be fair, we’d have to fly to anywhere not in northern Ontario.
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