Believe it or not, I used to be quite a hoarder myself. My collection included anything with pretty paper. Magazines, catalogs, scraps of patterned paper or mailings, and of course, scrapbook paper. I still have a desk drawer full of card making things including paper, but I have since given up my magazines and catalogs and (most) scraps of paper! In my journey of simplifying, I have realized I don’t want to completely cut out material items such as magazines that have brought me so much joy in the past. I have also learned a little bit about myself and why I even like paper goods so much! Instead of being sold items in catalogs, I love to see how the styling is done- how a scarf is tied, what patterns are paired together, etc. and how the photos are taken. As for magazines, I enjoy so much reading short stories of different viewpoints and adventures, and seeing the accompanying photos. I will never completely cut these acts from my life, nor would I want to! But now, when I finish reading or looking at a magazine or catalog, I cut out my favorite images and create a collage in my journal. It adds a fun inspirational page and then I get to minimize by throwing the rest of the paper away!
Another trick I have learned with minimizing the paper clutter is to browse magazines on issuu, a digital publishing platform (for free!). Sweet Paul has always been a favorite magazine of mine, and it actually started as a digital publication through issuu. Supporting someone else’s “passion project” is so fun, and it’s amazing to see what talent is out there. There is so much design inspiration to be found flipping through the digital mags! Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Wilding 2. Vanalogue 3. Chickpea 4. Minty 5. Simply Hygee 6. My Magazine
Do you have a favorite magazine? How do you feel about online magazines? I’m curious, since there is something to be said of actually sitting down with a magazine in hand. It’s a bit of an adjustment!
A question I’ve been contemplating lately is how can I provide the “self-care” that is necessary to be the best version of myself. With a toddler, time to myself is the first thing that I cut out, but that needs to be time kept sacred! Showing yourself some love is essential in rejuvenation and creating healthy habits. So often, shopping and “retail therapy” is viewed as a self care opportunity but I disagree. It’s a necessary task in life but I want to make sure the time I spend on myself cultivates curiosity, growth, and simplicity in my life.
Taking a nap, a bubble bath, exercise or enjoying a cup of good coffee at home are always fun and FREE options of caring for ones self. But while those all sound lovely, I don’t think that self care always has to be free. Quite the opposite, actually. Spending hard earned cash on yourself is the epitome of showing that you’re worth it- and it doesn’t have to be shown through a new pair of shoes or purse. Experiences and learning opportunities are wonderful alternatives to the societal norm of rewarding with consumer products. I recently took a writing class from Tammy Strobel called Write to Flourish and it was the best $47 I have ever spent. I learned new things that have continued to spark ideas to this day and helped create habits to grow in my writing.
Self Care Opportunities:
(that don’t add stuff to your life besides good memories!)
-explore a museum
-journal/write/photograph in a new environment (coffee shop, book store, park)
–A Simple Year program
–Tiny Wardrobe Tour (coming to Boise next month! I bought my ticket already- who wants to join me?!)
–calligraphy class at Paperie and Pen (or any of their classes!)
-take an online creative class
-join a Paint Night
–Indulge Boise food tour
-take yourself out for coffee or a meal
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Coming home from traveling always seems to nurture a sense of let down and even more wanderlust for me. But I’m reminded, what about the every day adventures? This is a way of thinking I’ve been trying to embrace more and more in my recent days. Every situation can become an adventure when we make a point to try something new, be more present, and take part in simple joys.
My simple joys are:
– a slow and quiet morning
– enjoying a hot cup of good coffee
– going for a walk
– trying a new restaurant
– reading a book
– wearing my favorite clothes (which is everyday thanks to a pared down wardrobe!)
So with this mindset in action Lucy and I stopped by Blok & Co, a new coffee shop, on our morning errands run yesterday. Not only was the coffee seriously good, the interior was gorgeous and so inspiring for my design soul. The style was earthy and minimal, which I’m always a fan of. Even Lucy had an enriching time, as two little girls at a nearby table came over to play. One of the sweet girls pointed out that Lucy and I had “matching shoes” on- guilty!
The simple joy of a good cup of coffee in a beautiful setting was the perfect reminder for me to enjoy the little everyday moments.
Blok & Co
1800 N Locust Grove Rd
Meridian, Id 83646