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Mindful Content Worth Consuming This Month: October 2018

October 30, 2018
Mindful Content Worth Consuming This Month - October 2018 _ Tiny Ambitions

Remember last month’s Mindful Content and how it was on the shorter side? Well, it looks like I’ve rebounded and read a TON of great content to make up for it this month. Maybe it’s because it’s definitely fall now and I feel like borrowing into my couch with a good book, but I’ve been leaning hard into the slow life (even more than normal).

I came home from work the other day and instead of working out or practising yoga, which I’ve been trying to do more of lately, I said no and decided to spend my night watching Corner Gas reruns on YouTube. I know that sounds like the lazy decision of a person who doesn’t care about their health. But, it honestly was the right one for me. I had rolled out my mat, and as soon as I put my feet on it and started my workout app, I knew it was not what I needed. When you’re filled with a sense of overwhelming dread, it’s probably worth taking a step back to question whatever it is you were about to do.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but in the fall season, I often find myself better able to listen to my body and its needs. In the summer there are lots of different commitments and priorities vying for our attention that it can be easy to forget what our most important goals are.

How has the fall season been so far for you? Are you finding yourself slowing down and listening to your body? Let me know in the comments. (And in the meantime, here are some awesome articles I read this month that are definitely worth a read).

Continuing My Shopping Ban: 18 Month Update – Tread Lightly, Retire Early

My shopping ban is such a baby compared to Angela’s! She’s been going strong for the last 18 months and I’m so excited for her. One thing that people often worry about when they do any length of shopping ban is that people will notice that you’re wearing the same things over and over again.

I promise you, they won’t. At work, I’ve been told multiple times by the same people that they love what I wear and that I’m serving up “looks”. I wear the same five outfits every week (lol).

Why I’m Glad I Got A Worthless Liberal Arts Degree – The Luxe Strategist

Luxe is at it again! Luxe is a great writer, but this post even outdid her high standards.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how grateful I am to have graduated from two liberal arts programs. For one, they taught me how to think. That’s a ”skill” I use every day. For another, I think the world could use more liberal arts majors for big ethical questions facing us today (like the role of technology in our society, how to fix inequalities, etc). These complex problems can’t be solved by any one area.

I was the first person in my family to go to university. My family was hellbent on me becoming a teacher. Because my grandma was one. Despite the fact that I hate children and have zero teaching skills. Being the semi-rebellious type, I just took a bunch of classes in my first year that seemed like things I would enjoy. And double majored in my two hardest classes (anthropology and international development). I guess another part of that for me was that I just loved the teachers in those faculties and could listen to them lecture on literally anything and find it earth-shatteringly interesting. Bottom line: education is life-changing, no matter what degree you end up with.

5 Money Mistakes I Refuse to Quit – Smile & Conquer

If you’ve read anything in the personal finance space, you know there are lots of things you can do with your money that are often considered ‘mistakes’, especially if you’re pursuing a goal like financial independence of early retirement.

The thing is, your money is your own, and you can choose to spend it how you want. That’s why I loved this post from Sarah. What’s my money ‘mistake’ that I refuse to quit? Spending money on delicious food experiences. We normally go out once a week for a nice dinner, and I would have to lose that time experiencing something awesome with Mr.TA just to have an extra $100 bucks in the bank. That’s not worth it for me.

Instagram, is it making you less content?  – The Frugal Pharmacist

The Frugal Pharmacist is a new to me blog that I discovered recently. If you’ve read Tiny Ambitions for any length of time, you know I write and think a lot about social media and how’s it’s impacting our lives. The short answer to this post’s question is, yes, it is. I wrote basically the equivalent of an entire post as a comment on this article, because it is so darn excellent and really resonated with me.

I love posting photos on Instagram (mostly unedited), but I loathe scrolling through other people’s feeds. As a content creator myself, I also want to be hyper-aware of how what I’ posting on my feed influences other people and their perspective of what my life is like (and by extension, how lacking or fulfilled their own lives are). That’s a lot of pressure to put on a social media network, but since we know these platforms are literally changing the ways our brains work, we have a responsibility to seriously interrogate our usage of them.

But, I Don’t Want Children – Jessica Rose Williams

This incredibly vulnerable post from Jessica is truly amazing. I loved reading every word of it, and I’m so happy that Jessica decided to share this part of her life with her blog readers. Being childfree is an incredibly personal decision, but when women share their stories for why, other women who are struggling with the same choice can see that they aren’t alone, that they aren’t ‘weird’ for wanting something different, and that there is a way forward for them.

I am also childfree (partly by choice, partly because of chronic illness that would make it difficult to have children even if I wanted them). I’ve known since high school that’s not what I wanted for myself. I don’t have a maternal bone in my body (and I recently learned that maternal instinct has no actual basis in biology), and I genuinely don’t know how to act around children. Despite this, I have family members who always say “well, you’ll change your mind when you get to X age”. Ya, maybe I will. But I’d rather get to that decision and make it, then have children now and regret it.

I think society loves policing women’s bodies, no matter what stage they are at in their lives. I certainly understand the shame of feeling less like a woman for not wanting to have kids. But, I also refuse to believe that my only purpose on this earth is to fulfil some biological destiny. That’s too much like the Handmaid’s Tale for me (seriously, I think about that show constantly when it comes to this topic).

This month’s mindful content is vulnerable, inspiring, practical and worth every second you spend reading it. If you’re reading anything online right now that you love, let me know about it in the comments – I love discovering new content creators.

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  • Danielle Ogilve November 6, 2018 at 3:26 am

    A shopping ban! I wonder if I’ll be strong enough to resist shopping! Definitely worth a try though!

    • Britt November 6, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Even just a short one is a useful exercise!

  • The Luxe Strategist October 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I kinda don’t get the Instagram hate. I follow “normal” people on there, not really influencers with the fake lives. The one major plus side for me over all other platforms is the friendships I’ve been able to strike up over IG. At least that’s how it’s worked for me. You can’t really talk to strangers on FB. And on Twitter, it’s a quick exchange and that’s it. But IG does a better job of revealing people’s lives and interest. It’s also fun to get to know blog readers through their IG feeds/stories, too.

    Oh man, thoughts about kids are sooo complicated. I’ve always wanted to ask my friends why they decided to have kids, but thought it seemed like a touchy subject. I don’t think having kids is my biological duty. I think I’d want to be a mom because I’m a decent person and could teach a kid lots of neat stuff. But sometimes I see the difficult things that parents have to deal with when it comes to their kids and it all makes me pause. I do sometimes wonder if spending time with kids that aren’t our own makes a difference in the choice, or if it doesn’t, because we always think our own kid will be different, etc.

    • Britt October 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      I do totally get where you’re coming from. Of all the platforms, I do like Instagram the most. It’s really only the influencers that can ruin the experience for me (which is why I never use the ‘Explore’ feature – influencer central).

      Everyone’s reasons to have or not have kids is personal, but I’ve honestly never thought to ask my friends who have them why they decided to have them. I’d be very interested in hearing what they have to say.

      I would never try and change someone’s opinion about having children, but I feel a lot of people who ask childfree folks about their motivations are really just looking for ways to poke holes in their values. No bueno!

  • Tread Lightly, Retire Early October 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

    It is funny how little people actually pay attention to what we wear 😉

    I’m in the camp that people should NEVER be pressured to have children, be that their first kid or their seventh. Becoming a parent is such a consuming, life aftering thing that you shouldn’t dive in unless you absolutely know you want to. (Another reason to be pro choice)

    • Britt October 30, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Absolutely! I think it’s bananas how people think they can voice opinions about other people’s lives that have no impact on their own.

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.