What do you really want to change?

I’ve recently noticed many people constantly want to change their life.  This made me wonder why.  Is it because we spend too much time comparing ourselves with others?  It is vital to make a conscious effort to stop this thought process. As we get older it becomes easier to accomplish this and it is surprising how you stop worrying about what people think of you.  Usually nothing, because they are too busy worrying about their own problems.

Many people I know, want to move away, usually to somewhere warmer.  Does this make your life more comfortable or do you just replace one set of problems for another, but in a warmer climate?  It will be an adventure but is it the right route to take?  The main point is to focus on what you want to do, how you want to achieve it and then focus on it.  Nowadays, there are many tools on the internet to help this, such as doing a life board on Pinterest, finding courses and meetups about your interests or just researching new places to visit and explore.

The main thing is to think positively and try to stop worrying about what may happen or what has happened and focus.  Recently, I read about a person who had been very ill and now takes mini holidays and when I say mini, I mean mini, such as a few hours or a day to explore and find new places to wander, investigate and enjoy.

So make the most of life and as they say it isn’t a rehearsal.  Travel, walk, run, read, cook, paint, explore or start a new course.  Take time to notice what is going on around you and make an effort to be happy.

Yes, I will be taking my own advice too:

  • Stop worrying
  • Discover what you want
  • Think about how you want to achieve the changes
  • Don’t ponder on your mistakes (everyone has them)
  • Try new things that will make you get on with being happy

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Cheers,

Andyxx

5 reasons why you should take a mini, mini break…

Windy times on the beach at glorious Brighton...

Windy times on the beach at glorious Brighton…

The trouble with going on holiday in June, is you have to suffer everybody’s glorious, happy holiday pics, in July/August.

The best way to alleviate the envy is to take yourself off on what I call mini, mini breaks and enjoy the free time you do have.  To be concise the mini, mini break is daft language for a few hours off.  Do something extraordinary, explore and then explore some more. This mindset will endorse spontaneous action, not only for yourself, but also the family or friends that are accompanying you.

To get over the wish-I-was-on-holiday feeling, I recently went on a short trip to Brighton. I tend to go to Brighton, only once or twice a year, mainly because it is so flipping difficult and expensive to park.  (Next time I will go on the bus.)  However, Brighton is great for the quirky shops, pubs, galleries, restaurants and beach life.  It has a hippy, soulful vibe and the shops and stalls are fascinating due to independent traders and their array of talents and well, being Brighton bonkers with the erratic fashions and dreadlocks.  I found it a great place to spend time, wandering aimlessly, exploring the lanes, eating tapas in the Spanish restaurant and people watching.

The result, after recovering from the cost of parking fiasco, was super.  Invigorating in fact. If you feel fed up it revives you to have a day by the sea.  Or anywhere outdoors.  Like having a holiday without packing.  Also, the excitement does not dissipate (unlike long holidays).  Wander around the shops, have a glass of red and soak up the atmosphere as I did.  Or go for a walk in a local park, lounge by a lake or walk in your local woods.  Have a coffee in your local high street and watch the world go by.  But go outside, walk, explore and explore some more.  It will enlighten your life because you will be enjoying experiences and new adventures rather than wasting money on material objects.

A city break, even for a day or two, can be very satisfying and makes you feel you have been away for a week or more.  Doing something different lifts your mood, makes you happier and recharges your mind and body.

Here are the advantages of taking a mini, mini break…

  • Endorses spontaneity
  • Enables exploration
  • Makes you happier
  • Provides experiences (rather than material stuff)
  • Recharges your mind and body

Overall, it is good for your health and well being.  Where are you going for a mini, mini break?  Tell all in the comments section.

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Minimalism – Progress at last…


Although I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I have now realised that I’m quite pleased, at last, with how my home is looking.

This has taken many months. Books, clothes and unwanted furniture have now been despatched to charity shops, decorating has been done and the place is beginning to look how I want it. Here are some of my tips that i’ve collected during my journey.
Take your time
Clear one section of a room at a time
Do something new
Take a trip to a new place and explore (mini, mini holiday)
Write about experiences – start a blog or journal

I’ve not managed whole tech free days.  I blame the blogging haha!  But I’m working on that.  Minimalism does change the mindset.  No more worrying about what people think or wasting time on arrogance or ignorance.  It isn’t worth the energy.

This encourages positive thinking and a healthier outlook. The parkruns and village jogs have been started and enjoyed or should that be endured! Now to sort the healthy eating (see previous blog).

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Bye until next time…

The garden declutter and procrastination….

Ok, so been to California for a few weeks and had a social media break.

Spent today gardening because of the copious amount of weeds and dead flowers everywhere.  It was unbelievably hard work but quite gratifying when I finished.  Why do we procrastinate and end up with a backlog of jobs to do?

This seems to have been a problem lately, so in order to rectify this, will write a journal and plan more than I usually do.  Also, I’ve decided to ‘declutter’ my garden and not plant so much and spend more time outdoors.  Everything was being jumbled up and now I’ve cleared it all, it does look a lot better.

Yesterday, I took about 200 books to Oxfam and donated 2 guitars, a sax and amplifier to a local school.  They were delighted and I’m thrilled to have more space.  Fantastic all round.

(Saturday, 9 July)

 

The Veggie Experiment

Food is a passion and I enjoy cooking.  In fact, I cannot grasp the latest concept of “cooking from scratch” because, to me, there is no other way.  You are either cooking or not.  Warming up does not count.

There are minimalists who are on a vegetarian or plant based diet.  This is not for me.  However, I have become interested in the subject and explored the possibilities of eating meat free meals.  Weight is a battle for a lot of people and it is best to eat less bread, pasta, red meat and the worst culprit, sugar.  But most people don’t want to cut them out completely do they?

Eating an abundance of vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, couscous may be the answer, but it is harder to make them interesting.  Because of this, I came up with the idea of preparing packed up food for lunches for the following three reasons.

  • Health
  • Variety
  • Fulfilment (Cooking process and satiety)

Is is not about eating copious amounts of processed food and then regretting it and feeling like a blob or starving yourself.  It is about eating well.  Aim to have tasty recipes and enticing food by spending time on the food creation.  Buy locally sourced cabbage, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes, onions, apples and so on.  They will be far fresher, tastier and maybe cheaper.

Being a minimalist is not about owning less, it is about owning what you need to enjoy life.  I cannot claim to only own a few things, but I am on the journey.  What is fascinating, is the whole ideology of enjoying experiences and so have spent a few weekends exploring and experimenting with food prep for work lunches.

Here are some of the ones that I have enjoyed.  A few ingredients, prepared simply so that I can eat mindfully and feel satisfied.

Lentil Salad

Lentils, onion, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, carrots, orange oil (by scrapping orange with fork), orange segments and mix.
Chickpea Winter Stew

Chickpeas, onion, passata, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts, herbs, ground pepper.  Serve with couscous.

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Bean Salad

Kidney and mixed beans, passata, spinach, herbs, chilli, red pepper.  Serve with rice.

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They were packed up and frozen for the week’s lunches and enjoyed by all!

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Minimalism is liberating…

The organisation of the kitchen was not quite as arduous, as first feared. Wooden spoons, pans, cake tins have been disposed.  When modifying it is surprising how many implements gather over the years.  Oh and 2 woks, really?  The cupboards were cleaned, simplified and reorganised.  The fridge emptied, with a concerted focus of not overfilling again.  But the Yorkshire pudding tins aren’t going because a Sunday Roast is a necessity!

My aims for this month are:

All unused stuff going
Examine food purchases
Healthy lunches (research/experiment)

Now the kitchen is tidy, the research has started about new food ideas with the aim to eat and enjoy different food and experiment.  Overall, the minimalism ideology is liberating and reaching many other areas of life.  The focus is on making changes, explore other ways of living and enjoying experiences.  These include writing, photographing, clearing, cooking and running.  All of the above is the overall aim of this blog.

The food lunch preps have been going well and here is an example of the lentil salaaad. The next blog will be a foody one!

 

 

Minimal minimalism…

There seems to be interest in this subject so I’ve decided to continue, periodically, to write about my experiences.

Recently, I asked a male family member what his plans were for 2016 and he looked blank. This is fair enough as we don’t plan ahead but it did surprise me.  After all, life isn’t a dress rehearsal and we need to crack on and try to make the best of it.  Don’t we?  One of my aims for this year, is to eradicate life’s clutter.  At the moment, I feel a fraud talking about minimalism as I sit in a room surrounded by books and stuff all over the floor!  Aaahh but come the weekend we are planning an exciting trip to the Oxfam charity shop.  They know we are coming…

My key reasons for embracing the minimalism ideology are:

  • Growth
  • Contribution
  • Experiences
  • Clarity
  • Contentment
  • Writing (finally)

This evening, I managed to fill another sack full of clothes.  However, I did grab back some blouses and a dress.  But, wow, my wardrobe looks quite reasonable now.  Aaah the time saved as I can see all my clothes.  Everything, is colour co-ordinated and organised.  Ha!  Lets see how long that lasts.  Also, the bedroom feels more chilled now the telly has gone to the British Heart Foundation.  Hopefully, it will do somebody some good.  Also, the e-reader is getting used because I don’t want to keep buying books too often.  Not sure if I will be able to stick to that one?

The trouble is it is a slow process and at the moment parts of the home still look quite messy but the cleaning is easier and everything does feel a lot clearer.  Should have done this years ago.

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The idea of simple living…

After reading books like Stuffocation and articles about minimalism, I have started to embrace living more with less. Decluttering the home is how it starts but it soon spreads. It has changed my mindset. I now think more about what I buy, eat and how I spend my time. It hasn’t been easy and there is still too much stuff but it is going… We don’t need copious amounts of stuff and everything becomes less stressful without life’s clutter. As a student, I preferred time to money. I remember lending the book Walden (Thoreau) to family but they found it “boring to be honest” and didn’t get the message.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.”

The minimalist ideology provides an outlet to clear life’s path of clutter and leaves space for time, experiences, fulfilment and happiness. Most importantly it challenges you to think about the environment, waste and well, everything. I’ve decided to only purchase necessities this year and will keep you updated. However, I will experience life to the full – are you? FB_IMG_1456763530215