Continuing my work-through of The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Yes, it’s taking me ages. Yes, we’re nearly finished. Yes, it has worked on getting me to live wholeheartedly. The subtitle of this chapter is “Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifetstyle”. So many things nowadays get pushed as a ‘lifestyle’. Even hygge, back in 2016, was being pushed as a ‘lifestyle fad’. The … Continue reading Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8
Magazines are a great way to check off the progress of time. As the year passes, it can be marked by the changes in covers. From Easter’s eggs and May’s blossom to summer, with heady scented blooms and the inevitable blue and white seaside edition. August’s CH&I isn’t a dedicated sea special, but does have a seaside aesthetic. The whole magazine has a free and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.
This month’s recommendation comes courtesy of Colette Bonar, a member of the Hygge Nook, who showed this book off on the Nook a few weeks ago and sent me off on a dash to find it… Go Be Kind by Leon Logothetis It’s a lovely, chunky hardback book, with black and white hand drawn pages throughout. The author, Leon Logothetis, made the series The Kindness … Continue reading Book of the Month: Go Be Kind by Leon Logothetis
The most wonderful thing about Lockdown for me has been the ability to step away from absolutely everything in my life. We closed the office down at the end of March, and brought files, office equipment and sundries home to run the business from the small front office. My computer became the sole office computer, and my role as receptionist faded to that of putting … Continue reading Cultivating Play and Rest: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 7
And just like that, it was May. Lockdown has been on in the UK since 23rd March. That’s over a month of living small, staying home, keeping house quietly. I think when we entered Lockdown we none of us really knew what to expect. In so many ways, we were entering a battlefield where our weapons were hand sanitiser, handwashing and making sure that time … Continue reading Take time to appreciate the Taller Things in Life
Has a month ever seemed so long? With the world in lockdown, there really is very little to do except eat, sleep and read. It seems a shame, then, that so many people are finding it hard to concentrate and settle down to reading. Long plots or complex character arcs don’t sit easy on a spirit that is discomforted by daily briefings and rising numbers. … Continue reading Books of the Month: Let’s Have a Threesome
Creativity is so often born out of necessity. It’s week three of lockdown for me, and I am as happy as I’ve been for years… at home. How I feel about the external world and the situation that hits me like a brick when you go outside, that’s a different matter. That’s something I can’t change or control, so I am ignoring it sensibly, which … Continue reading Cultivating Creativity: Wholehearted Living Guidepost Part 6
What was I writing the other week about serendipity and things creeping up when you most need them? I haven’t written a Wholehearted Living post for… a month and a half? How did that happen? But never mind: here I was today, prone on the settee and watching Anne with an E, wondering what I could do to add something to my life today… when … Continue reading Cultivating Intuition and Faith; Wholehearted Living series Guidepost 5