I say it a little tongue-in-cheek, but today is truly a day to count your blessings. I have the occasion to celebrate both Mother's Day and my birthday today. Which means the dudes in my life are trying as hard as they can to make me feel special. That doesn't mean it goes perfectly, especially with a toddler and a baby in the house, but I do appreciate the effort.
I'm also blessed however, to be surrounded by a community of mothers. Of inspiring ladies and great friends, showing both me and my children what caregiving is. Some of these women I mostly connect with online these days, but it doesn't lessen their impact.
So here's to all the mothers. And another year of this family.
I've long championed handwritten correspondence. And it took me some time to get organized, but I'm now a proud member of the Letter Writers Alliance.
As they note: In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item.
Based in Chicago, Kathy and Donovan, the founders, hold socials and workshops to help promote the art of letter writing. And they have a fantastic online shop (most of it just for members!) full of stationary, vintage stamps, and ephemera. Looking forward to taking advantage!
Graham Hill is the founder of Treehugger.com and Lifeedited.org, and gave a TED talk about his theories on living a life with less stuff, leading to more happiness. His business began when he built his 420 sq ft NYC apartment, which can house two guests overnight, a dinner for 12, and a home office. And while small spaces are still the cornerstone of his tenets, it is his urge to pare down belongings that really resonates with me.
His 3 steps:
1. Edit ruthlessly.
2. Think small.
3. Make multifunctional.
The idea of a curated home is something I can support. Being intentional with the items that come into my space. Just another opportunity to practice mindfulness. Though I'd have to add a visual component to my own criteria. I've always appreciated the mindset of William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."