Friday, 3 July 2015

Conscious Living - A Love List..

 "Ultimately, we just need to get out and do it. We’ve got to go out and find our tribes or we’ve got to create them." 

List #008..
A collection of blog posts, articles, short films & links to inspire and invigorate a more conscious way of life. 

We find ourselves right in the middle of year.  For some of us it's cold and momentum is waning a little, all that enthusiasm from the beginning of the year, starts to become, a just put one foot in front of the other kind of situation.  I even noticed this as I searched for articles and films to share. It seems a time for hibernation right around the Internet.  And you know what, it's a truly beautiful thing. I hope people are curled up with good books or outside enjoying their gardens and the sunshine.  For every website I check that hasn't been undated in a while, I hope their is a wild and free writer, splashing in the ocean or watching the sunset. And the articles and films I have discovered recently are all moving in the same direction, towards real action.  It's inspiring, it's invigorating and it's much needed.  I hope you might find an article, post or recipe to inspire you too. 

The challenge is on at the moment to have a Plastic Free July.  It's such a brilliant campaign and one that our home is certainly embracing as much as we can.  While we are not totally plastic free, we always try our best to use as little plastic as we can.  Here's an inspiring interview with Erin Rhoads who has been plastic free for two years and a great post from the lovely Tanya at Ecolosophy about her journey to plastic free living. I feel like this is the kind of challenge that needs to go far beyond just one month and become an every day way of life. Do you have a plastic free home? Are you working towards one? I'd love to hear your journey to plastic free too. 

And if those two wonderful ladies didn't inspire you enough, no doubt this fabulous short film from Bea at Zero Waste Home will help you change the way you see the 'stuff' in your life.  So much food for thought. 

Some days it's difficult for me to vision a zero waste home, but I've found starting with the kitchen really helpful.  This blog post was a great read, about going a month without buying groceries. It's something I definitely would love to do before the end of the year.  

For some insightful and soul nourishing well-being reading this month, it's hard to go past The Cosmic Collective, a beautiful seasonal guide book to empowered high vibrational living. 

Rethinking our place in the world... A though provoking and complex issue that's captured beautifully in this article

Last week, I wrote about how I needed to simplify all the 'noise, thoughts and ideas' in my head.  Interestingly this Becoming Minimalist article about decluttering the mind found me at just the perfect time.  

How fabulous is this mending library? It makes me so happy to think that people are giving their clothes a second chance and it's something I'd love to see take off all over the world. 

Tribe, community, resilience, local.. These are all things that I've been thinking about lately.  "Ultimately, we just need to get out and do it. We’ve got to go out and find our tribes or we’ve got to create them." I just love this wonderful powerful quote from this great article, Making Connections: Healing the Earth through Community. The vintage pictures amazing too.  

I couldn't pick just one tiny home to share this week, so if you love the tiny home movement like I do, you can find my favourites over on my Pinterest board. I'm also searching for the best Tiny Homes documentary to watch. Have you checked any out? What did you love?

And this wouldn't be a love list without a few lovely recipes, so here are a couple on my to make list, a batch or two of raisin and oatmeal cookies from Milkwood, some winter fire tonic from Planthunter, and Love in a Jar, The Lunch Lady's wonderful Lemon Curd

And I want to finish up this love list with Tricia's wonderful post, Do what's important (not urgent). It's all kinds of brilliant and a must read. 

What's been inspiring you lately?

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
 We are off on an adventure to meet the gorgeous Jane, The Shady Baker for her annual Flour and Fire Day and I can't wait. 

Much Love & Light

ps. You can find my previous Love Lists here.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Everyday Moments - Sundays at Home..

 Just picked oranges & mandarins..
Fairy wings hanging out to dry..
Well worn jeans chasing the sunshine..
Happy painting session..
And an even more exciting clean up..
The remnants of a creative Sunday morning..

Much Love & Light

Monday, 29 June 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 26/52..

A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Sunday - 11:30am: At the art table.. The place to hang out on a Sunday morning. 

Much Love & Light

Friday, 26 June 2015

And So I Retreat..

 It's Friday again.. And my mind is whirling with ideas.  June does that to me it seems, a mid year burst of creativity perhaps.  A time to reflect on what's been achieved so far in the year and how much there is to still do.  The ideas just keep coming.. While I'm folding the washing, making mud pies in the sandpit, brewing a third cup of tea. Some are big and enchanting, some small and useful, some are solutions to previous ideas that just weren't working out.  But with all these ideas, buzzing around, my head is full and multi-tasking just isn't working.  I decide to write everything down, but I can't find where my notebook is hiding.  My phone is running out of battery, it's nearly nap time and I'm wondering where the morning has disappeared to. And all of a sudden, I realise why I'm so scattered. I feel like I need to act on every idea immediately, or it might vanish or not ever come to fruition. It's a constant juggling act, even at 3am.  It's in this moment I realise where I really need to work on simplifying my life.  It's not in my wardrobe or kitchen cupboards, but in my own head. And right now there's only one cure.. A retreat to the garden.

With nap time underway, I work quickly to gather the essentials, tea, journal, pen, blanket and some crochet flowers I've been working on, just in case the words don't flow.  I pick a sprig of lavender on the way and inhale deeply. There is instant calm in the raw scent of lavender.  A gentle reminder of meandering through sweet country gardens and antique treasure troves.  The sun breaks through the clouds in the perfect spot, right between the kale, beets and rosemary. And it's here, among the leafy greens that I find myself again. My shoulders drop, my mind clears and I retreat, just for a little while.  My journal remains closed and the crochet untouched, for what I really need is the warming embrace of Mother Earth, from the earth below and the sun above. 
 All the rest can wait.    

Much Love & Light