Despite being a big fan of self-improvement, I never quite received the minimalism memo. A sterile-looking interior? Capsule wardrobes? I’ve never been someone to buy beyond my means, but I never felt I had to skimp on materialism either. Combine this trait with a healthy feeling for nostalgia and plenty of storage space, and you quickly end up with a three-story home filled with a lot of stuff I neither use, need – or when I’m completely honest with myself, even really want. This is the story about how I decluttered the house from top to bottom, my solutions to re-purpose various items in a sustainable way, and the mental effect of the process.
To many people, the new year is the perfect time for a new start. And I couldn’t agree more! Whether you’re opting for a fresh list of resolutions or simply consider the period after the holidays a suitable time to stir things up, a new start can really make a positive change in your life. As an avid supporter of the concept of self-care, I’d like to take this opportunity to share these little lists of self-care ideas with you. I hope they’ll give you some inspiration to embrace a fresh new start!
As Christmas is a world-wide celebrated holiday, it isn’t very surprising everyone has their own personal traditions. Unfortunately, not every holiday tradition fills us with careless glee. When do you know you should be making new holiday traditions, rather than trying to keep reliving the old? I’d like to take this opportunity to share my personal story with you, hoping it will help you in case you find yourself looking for an answer to a similar question.
Have you ever noticed how you might prefer a hug from your friend, rather than well-meant advise? Or a compliment from your spouse, rather than a gift? This makes sense when you follow Gary Chapman’s theory on how we like to give and receive affection. An interesting read, especially when you find out what your partner’s love language is! I’ll tell your all about the 5 love languages, and how they can work for you: This way you can work this piece of knowledge to your advantage!
If you’re a Pinterest regular you must be familiar with the term “dry brushing”. Simply put, it’s a technique to brush one’s skin with a firm-bristled brush – no soap, water or oil involved. The list of benefits seem to be unending: Supermodels swear by it, and health-guru’s claim it even has a positive effect on the inner workings of your physique. I decided to put it to the test. Does dry brushing work? I’ll tell you all about my experience!
When you become a parent you are confronted with several choices which color the life of your child. It’s your duty to weigh these options responsibly and to choose what you feel works best for your family. As women have been perceived as a child’s primary care-giver for decades, you would think staying home for the kids would be most socially accepted – if not expected. Four months into motherhood I’m finding out the opposite is true. I’ll even go as far as to say I feel that in our Western culture there’s a stigma on being a stay-at-home mom. In this article I would like to share my personal findings, and make a call to action to remind ourselves to simply allow moms to be moms (and of course, allow dads to be dads).
Everybody needs a little self-care once in a while. This week I reviewed my morning routine, got inspired to pick up and old hobby, and coincidentally ran into a hauntingly beautiful natural phenomenon (which of course, demanded some research)! Read all about my first week into the 30 day self-care challenge, right here.