Minimalist Inspiration

Minimalism inspires me. It gives me a sense of peace. When my surroundings are cluttered, so is my mind. Minimalism is a lifestyle. It’s an approach that can be applied to many elements of life.  Here are some of my favourite minimalist inspirations.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
This book flips the usual minimalism approach on its’ head by simply asking if an object brings you joy – and if not, why are you keeping it? What purpose does it serve? The simplicity in this method makes it so simple to rid yourself of the excess.

Miss Minimalist & The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
One of the first websites I discovered about the minimalist lifestyle, I adore the weekly reader profiles and learning about minimalism through different perspectives. Francine Jay also wrote a wonderful guide book to minimalism, which I believe to be required reading.

Zero Waste Home: The Blog & The Book by Bea Johnson
A zero waste lifestyle is very comparable to a minimalist lifestyle, and eco-friendly to boot. Bea Johnson is a chic, French woman living in California with her husband & two children, who lives simply, reuses, recycles, and attempts to limit what ends up in a landfill.

Zen Habits
Leo Babauta is a self-help guru with a minimalist approach at his core. Every post is more inspiring than the last – from ‘How Not To Hurry’ to ‘The Zen of Doing’, and even ‘The Ultimate Guide to Get Lean’. Read his most popular posts here.

Nourishing Minimalism
A more gentle approach to minimalism, this blog focuses on real food and simple living. Rachel is a mom to 6 and encourages a minimalist approach in all aspects of life, from your closet to your kitchen.

The Minimalists
Joshua & Ryan have become superstars in the minimalist world. Having authored many books, going on tour, and speaking at TedX, they started their journey into minimalism with a 21-day journey. Read about it here.

Minimalist Baker
Taking the simplified approach to cooking by sharing recipes that take less than 10 ingredients, use one bowl, and take 30 minutes or less to make. The beautiful photography makes me salivate…

Little Eco Footprints
Tricia writes this blog about living better with less, which for her means living close to nature and helping her children discover the beauty of simplicity. Playing in the dirt is mandatory.

20 Liter Life
A backpack that can contain up to 20 litres of stuff is all that Vince & Franklin each need to live comfortably. A blog about travel, productivity, and enjoying life without accumulating all the baggage that goes with it.

Project 333
Taking a sensible minimalist approach to your wardrobe. Courtney challenges you to wear 33 items or less for 3 months. Could you do it?

Rowdy Kitten & You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap)
Tammy Strobel, writer and photographer, decided to drastically change her life, sell her stuff, and live in a tiny home on wheels. Her story inspires many, and proves that there is no one right way to live a life to equal happiness.

Does minimalism inspire you? I think everyone could benefit from a little bit of simplicity, whether that means saying ‘No’ to unnecessary demands and saying ‘Yes’ to yourself, cleaning off your bedside table, or eating a whole foods diet. What are your favourite minimalist sources?

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Whistler Tea House

When I first walked past The Whistler Tea House, I had to stop and take a look. Large, open windows showcase the beautiful interiors – the mostly white room is accented by a stunning cherry blossom accent wall, warm wood floors, and rustic tables and stools all beckoned to me. Inside, it was even more lovely. The fragrance of different teas,  a stack of delicious cookies in beautiful glass jars, and a selection of tea cups to choose from.

The place is tea heaven. It’s one of those places that you might dub “adult only”, saving it for those moments without the kids – but seconds later the sound of hilarious laughter bubbled through the air and I was brought back to reality. The Whistler Tea House is more than child-friendly, it even hosts a weekly mom-and-kid tea time! View Post

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Mother’s Day. Le sigh.

Our family had an incredible weekend. Not only did our little man turn three (3!!!), we also threw the most fun train-themed birthday party a threenager could ever ask for. There was cake, too many presents, and a bouncy castle.

On Mother’s Day, we jumped on a ferry and took a day enjoying Bowen Island. We love that place. It’s quaint and special, with forests full of ferns and deer and a small main area with cute shops and my favourite pizza place in the world, Tuscany’s.

The whole weekend was a success.

My daughter finally pulled out her hand-made Mother’s Day gift, a school project that required the kids to make books about how much they love their mother’s and why. All the wonderful things they do with their moms, and all the adjectives that describe their mommy’s – beautiful, pretty, smart, etc.

I learned a lot about myself from three pieces of glued-together construction paper.

I am loving, caring, dependable and helpful – of course! I’m mysterious(!), cheerful, and ambitious – woot! She apparently LOVES when we bake together (which we never do, btw).

My least favourite words in this book?

Busy. Stress. (<- that was in there twice!) Works. That I’m good at working.

W. T. F.

Is this how I’m going to be remembered?

A busy, double-stressed out mom who works a lot and is good at working?

Not quite what I had in mind…

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Win a $50 Starbucks Card

Is there a better way to start your Monday than a cup of coffee? Extra strong? Or maybe a tea is your fuel of choice? Green smoothie? Either way, winning a $50 Starbucks card would definitely perk up my Monday morning, no matter what you like to start your day with! View Post

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Beautiful Flowers on a Bike

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while I love a holiday that’s devoted to mother’s everywhere, I think sometimes we forget what really matters. My wish for Mother’s Day? To sit back, relax, and enjoy my family. How often can we truly say we relish in the time we spend with our family? I just want to put all the worries and thoughts and to-do lists away and just have fun with my favourite people in the world!

I also love flowers – white peonies and lavender, in particular – a good cup of tea, and a delicious meal. I also wouldn’t turn down some pampering at the spa (hint, hint!). Here are some ideas of what to do for you Mama to have her feeling incredible: View Post

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Very little surprises me, in this day and age. We are living in a time that people are skydiving from outside the earth’s atmosphere, while halfway around the world women can’t go to school or work because there aren’t public toilets that can accommodate them. There’s so much joy in this world and there’s so much strife at the same time.

Scientific discoveries abound. Mental and psychological illnesses are being researched and regarded with more respect than ever before. After a generation of preservative-laden “fast foods” we are finally coming to our senses and reverting to eating more whole foods. The last male northern white rhinoceros is under 24-hour armed surveillance.  Kim Jong Un is hiring women for his own personal pleasure squad.

People are valuing independent thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs. People are fighting cancer. Years of research is providing us with therapies and even cures for illness and disease. Natural disasters abound. Droughts are killing our forests and our food sources.

This world is imperfect. All of the above is true. And none of it – absolutely, completely NONE of it – surprises me. The luxury of tapping my phone and being repeatedly overexposed to news from all over the world has led to a reality where I am no longer shocked and appalled at people’s situations all over the world.

I am not indifferent to it. I don’t just shrug my shoulders and move on. I think. I donate. I discuss. I try. But I’m rarely surprised by life anymore. It’s a roll with the punches type world. Things change, people change, events happen – good and bad – and I’ve learnt to accept this.

However, a MAN who won’t complete work assignments, because a WOMAN requested it of him?

Now, that surprises me.

Because that means he’s hardly a man at all.

xo M.

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