It’s officially fall! To be honest, it’s been fall in the north for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the hearty foods we’ve been making (looking at you, braised lardons and cabbage), and generally the slower pace of life as we’ve found our way back into our fall routines.
This month in mindful content is shorter than the previous months thus far. That has nothing to do with the calibre of the wonderful people out there in the blogosphere creating great things for us to read. I’ve just read less online this month and have less of a stockpile to draw from.
Nevertheless, this month’s list of mindful content is worth a read – probably while snuggled up in a cosy blanket with a hot cup of tea.
Erin from Reaching for FI has been dipping her toes in the minimalist/simple/intentional living waters and I am so here for it! I think a lot of us in the space have been feeling similarly lately- something’s gotta give. We just want to live our lives and not turn everything into something to be documented.
In a lot of ways, we as bloggers have done it to ourselves. But that also means we can change it to whatever we want it to be. Sometimes, as Erin shares, that means decluttering something that isn’t a ‘thing’ at all.
Jessica is hitting us right in the hearts with this post. No matter what the big minimalist bloggers out there say, our stuff is embedded with memories, sometimes positive and sometimes painful.
Nostalgia and sentimental feelings about clothing are so pervasive and hard to pry from how you actually feel about what’s in your closet. When I (finally) finished university, I had to let go of so much of my wardrobe because I wasn’t the partying, clubbing person I pretended to be. It was hard at first to come to terms with that loss of identity but it was worth it for what I gained in a less cluttered life.
As someone who took a class in university that was literally called Capitalism (the Marx variety), this short article from Jennifer really spoke to me.
It will take you less than 2 minutes to read (I wasn’t joking when I said it was short), but the message will give you something to chew on for the rest of your day. I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but the message is right there in the title.
So, I know this isn’t a piece of online content, but I’ve been loving this book from journalist Florence Williams. The name says it all – nature is the way to ‘fix’ a lot of modern ills we face mentally and physically. I think we all know intuitively that spending time in nature makes us feel better, whatever that looks like for each person.
But, what I love about this book (and why I’ve been consuming it so mindfully), is that the science behind what nature does to our bodies and our brains is so well laid out. It’s detailed but not overwhelming and every chapter I read makes me want to go spend time out in the forest.
That’s it for this month’s list of mindful content! I hope you enjoy the articles on this list as much as I did.
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