It is so easy to get intoxicated by the buying signals of influencers all over our social media feed. Should I buy this, should I book those flights, should I be doing this? It’s a vicious circle we can sometimes find ourselves in, trying to fit in with the crowd and keep up appearances. I’ll be honest, I’ve tried not to follow trends too much because I’ve learnt over the years that by stretching ourselves in that way can rail road us off the course of authenticity. And then it totally blows when you forget yourself along the way. I wrote a post entitled the Simple Things and it reminded me of all the things I enjoy in life that I take for granted far too much, even if they are cool or not. And my Self Acceptance post honed in on the fact that I’ve really started to accept who I am as a person and that has meant living by my own means and not by anyone’s expectations. It’s freeing and boy does it feel good.
After getting back from Ibiza I’ve been making more time in my life for things that are away from “technology.” Getting outside, even just sat in the garden watching the world go by. There’s nothing more peaceful than listening to the birds singing away. I love getting out and about with my camera too, I can’t say I’m the world’s best photographer but I’m doing something I love so, in turn it makes me happier.
Making time for family and friends more has been on the agenda. After some family health scares, the loss of loved ones, it becomes even more apparent that looking up from your screens and interacting with one another is paramount to living more in the moment and enjoying each other for all it’s worth. It’s been filled with scrummy dinners out at our local pubs, coffee shop stops and days out, laughing and joking all the while without looking at a phone screen.
There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a book. I never read anything too heavy, purely because I find the escapism in a funny, romantic comedy leaving me feeling warm and fuzzy inside. (It beats turning on the TV and seeing on the news the world slowly implode.) A few of my favourites authors are Sophie Kinsella, Jenny Colgan and Milly Johnson. All have a similar style and always centres around a strong, female lead. We need more of that in our lives! (I’m not wearing a Girl Power top for nothing, you know!)
I’ve slowly started getting rid of my worldly posessions too, as soon as I passed my driving test I said I’d do a car boot and a car boot I did. I took bags and bags filled with clothes, homewares and more. It meant I got to empty out wardrobes and storage and made a pretty penny too. There’s nothing like a little bit of decluttering to really feel your home come back to life. You know what they say, a happy home, a happy life.
Oh, and finally, puppy cuddles are the bomb diggity too. There’s nothing quite like puppy snogs and cuddles to make the day that much brighter. Animals are the future. What did we do to deserve them?
Living simply can mean so many different things to people. Minimalism, not purchasing extravagant things, enjoying the rough of the outdoors more, turning the TV off, scaling back our time spent on social media, enjoying the things we love more – but ultimately a daily dose of all the above can help improve your life just that little bit more.
In a fast paced world, where everything is at the end of our finger tips it’s time to breathe in the fresh air, not get cosumed by consumerism and quite simply; live simply, live happy.
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I'm Bee. 27 year old who is finally starting to understand herself. A Scorpio that's too nice to use that sting in her tail, regularly found searching for holidays or online shopping. Happiest when being fed, travelling & spending time with Mr C.