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Minimalist Insider: 4 Personal Questions About Appreciating Life’s Moments

Too often we let the day rush by without taking a moment to stop, think, unwind and appreciate the wonderful little things that it has contained. At the end of 2016, I took part in this fantastic yearly review exercise published by one of my favourite bloggers, Anuschka Rees. It is a really valuable collection of 50 questions to inspire you to appreciate all the big and little things that occur in twelve short months. Though, by early Spring, I have found that I have slowly started slipping into a routine of letting Monday become Friday without much thought for the in between. It was time to readdress, re-evaluate and remind myself of the discoveries, excitements and adventures of the first quarter of 2017. However rather than sitting down and bullet pointing it all like I did as a year-end project, I have decided to do a weekly series of four questions and answers. I will post some of them online, if you enjoy reading them, in the hope that it inspires you to slow …

Minimalist Mothers’ Day Present & Gift Ideas

Too often we gift because we think we should, because there’s that obligatory expectation to deliver a hand-wrapped token of love for whatever occasion is marked on the calendar that day. I used to gift without thinking. Sometimes, I hadn’t even considered what use the recipient would get from my present, or the meaning behind it. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there comes another time where we will want to treat those we love to show our appreciation. However we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that an expensive material item is a fair exchange and demonstration of our love for one another. Take this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to spend time and make memories that will last a lifetime. Much longer than a set of luxury bath bombs or overpriced flowers that won’t outlast the week. If you are looking for minimalist gift-giving ideas but are unsure where to start, this list might give you some inspiration… Go on an adventure Does your mum love to walk, explore and get lost in …

Minimise Your Makeup Collection And Feel More Confident

I found it easy to minimise my wardrobe, and still rotate 33 items on a regular basis for a refined capsule, functional collection. Same with my possessions. Deciding to unclutter my home, drawers and shelves was an easy decision and I wouldn’t ever go back. Even though I had lived with less for years, I still had one incredibly cluttered, expensive collection that was eating away at my happiness without me even realising. My makeup collection. I was so easily taken in watching hours of YouTube tutorials, seeing two for £30 offers on the counters of departments stores, and concepts that a new lipstick shade could improve my whole look for a night out. There was always something I needed. Perhaps a new highlighter would help hide my naturally round face. A different eyebrow shade would make my penciling in look more natural and defined. For someone who had managed to avoid the traps and pitfalls of gratification buying for a long time with clothes, I was blind when making the same mistakes with beauty …

What is Hygge? A Minimalist’s Guide To Living Happily

Picture the scene. You are at home, snuggled in your pyjamas in front of a toasty roaring fire. You have a glass of your favourite tipple at your side. Candles are lit, and are the only noise is the wind blowing outside. Your evening is spent reading a good book, with good company, under a furry warm throw. This feeling of contentment, of happiness and everything being more meaningful. That’s Hygge (pronounced hue-gah). Put simply, it is a word to define that warm cosy feeling we all get when everything is just right. Since living minimally, I have spent the last few years trying to live with purpose. To ensure everything I do is aligned to my priorities. All that I invest in materially and through time is done to enrich my life. This is why I think that the Hygge trend that is currently sweeping across Britain is something we should all embrace. I have written countless times about how we are neglecting our happiness by subscribing to a busy lifestyle. We are so …

Listen to the people who tell you that you can’t do it

Think about the last time someone told you that you couldn’t do something. They might have been trying to give you advice from their own experiences. They might have been trying to protect you from an outcome they could only envision as a disaster, or they could have just been trying to manage your expectations. Now think about the last time you told someone the same. Was it a friend you were looking out for, a family member you thought was making a rash decision, or a colleague who was taking on too much? Throughout my life, one of my greatest motivators for success and achievement has been valuing the perspective of those who say I can’t, but going for it if I think I can. Listen to the people who tell you that you can’t do it, but if you think you can, go for it. Smash their perceived barriers, impress even yourself. One of the best motivations for me is following my own instincts. Believing in yourself is the stepping stone to being …