It’s the end of November and you know what that means – it’s time for another roundup of my favourite mindful content of the month! This month features some repeat bloggers and a couple of new-to-me bloggers who I cannot wait to keep reading. Also, it’s December next week. Which absolutely blows my mind. I’m working on some holiday-esque themed content for the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for that if you’re looking for a minimalist perspective on the holiday season.
If you’ve been following along on the podcast, you know we were shopping for a washer/dryer pair this Black Friday. Sometimes, stuff just falls in your lap at the perfect time and that was the case this weekend! We found out a friend of ours was looking to sell their dryer because they’re moving to a stacked version. Long story short – we are now the proud owners of a based used dryer and it only cost a $100! It pays to play the long game when it comes to big purchases (and not being picky about what your appliances look like also helps).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mindful content for this month. I truly enjoyed every single piece.
A Purple Life is a new-to-me blog and I’m so excited I found it! This post made my heart sing – I believe we get to choose our family as adults. And I also believe that no one deserves any amount of your time if they don’t treat you well, and that includes family. Minimalism isn’t always about the physical stuff that clutters up our lives, it is also the ways in which we spend our time that detracts from our happiness. It’s never easy to cut people of experiences from our life, but sometimes that is exactly what we need to do to start living the life we were meant to live.
A Christmas to-do list when it isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for you – Jessica Rose Williams
Jessica gets to the heart of the holiday season in this touching post. Christmas isn’t always what it looks like in magazines and on TV shows. It can be painful and messy, for a variety of reasons. If you’re not looking forward to the holidays, give this post a read.
I’ve been following Viktoria on Twitter for ages but didn’t even realise she had a blog until last week (I’m the worst, I know). It turns out that great bloggers think alike because we both published content about consuming mindfully on Black Friday. There is a way to consume on Black Friday that won’t leave you with a consumption hangover. Stuff genuinely is cheaper on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we shouldn’t scoff at people who want to take advantage of a good deal. How people spend their money is their own business. Let’s do away with shopping and money shaming, shall we?
This short-read post from Jennifer speaks to me on such a deep level. Anchors are why I never thought I’d buy a house, and why I still consider myself a nomad at heart. The stuff in our lives that binds us to a place, or a job or a relationship in a negative way. The stuff that keeps us stuck. I’m not interested in that stuff. Not anymore.
This beautiful piece from Huma showed up in my Twitter feed and it was a real thought-provoker. If you do a quick search of minimalism or simple living on Pinterest or Instagram – the results are pretty homogenous. You’ll likely find the same kinds of people posting the same kinds of things. The stereotype that Huma wants to broaden about the sphere of minimalism is that minimalism is only for rich, white people. And I don’t disagree with her. As a person who occupies a small slice of the minimalist movement online, I am aware of the privilege afforded to me by being able to be a minimalist in the first place. However, being aware isn’t enough. There is more to be done to create a more inclusive version of minimalism and simple living.
Have you read something this month that you really enjoyed? Share it with me in the comments!
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