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Mindful Content Worth Consuming This Month – September 2018

September 25, 2018

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.

Decluttering More Than Things – Reaching for FI 

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. 

On Not Letting Wardrobe Nostalgia Hold You Back –  Jessica Rose Williams

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.

The Antidote to Modern Capitalism is Minimalism – Jennifer T. Chan

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. 

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative – Florence Williams*

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.

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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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  • Amy @ More Time Than Money September 28, 2018 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for sharing. Excited to discover Jennifer T. Chan.
    Reading about nostalgia and clothing, this is one of the reasons that I was so skeptical when I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up. She said start with clothes first because they’re the thing we are least attached to. For me, that really was not the case at all.
    Isn’t the science about nature amazing?! I read that book and I think about that every time I start getting twitchy because my son has stopped to look at the 100th thing on the way to school. “We are exploring nature, this is good for us, it may be the best thing I do for him all day”. For any parents, once you’ve read the Nature Fix and are really keen I highly recommend the book “Raising a Wild Child”. It gives really practical suggestions for parents of kids of all ages and living in all kinds of places on how to get more nature in the day – all fun, easy and age-appropriate.

    • Britt September 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Amy! I also hold strong attachments to clothes – some positive and some negative which made the decluttering process…interesting to say the least. I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way!

  • Erin | Reaching for FI September 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for including me! And I’m so glad you’re enjoying The Nature Fix! I’m pretty sure that book is going to make the shortlist of books I’ve read this year that I would totally consider buying to have on my shelf.

    • Britt October 6, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Hi Erin! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – you got caught by my spam filter for some reason. I also totally agree about The Nature Fix. Major game changer!

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