[Un-ravelling :: to a new year (Part Two)]

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Who stole my white space?

 

It is now the mid-february and most of us fell of the wagon with their inspirational New Year’s Resolutions.

A great tool to keep your mantras in plain sight is making room for visual / spiritual / physical white space.

 

Everyday we can feel this energy being sucked out of us .

Physically // Mentally // Energetically // Spiritually

Who stole my WHITE SPACE  should be  a recurring question  as this is our vital energy.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF LACK OF WHITE SPACE ?

We feel disconnected from our loved ones / from ourselves.

We need room to breathe and expand. A cluttered mind or home is no fertile soil for self growth.

 

Who stole MY white space?

White as in pure.

Space as in living

Space    between   things.

Most admitted answers?

 

Work and everything related to this work

Time on the computer (Social Media : Facebook / Pinterest/ Instagram / emails /  that in the end as really nothing to do with Social).

“Too muchness” : too many things to care for (clothes / toys / chores related to all our belongings + current way of living/dealing with it)

Our daily crazy schedule can be also blamed. Our ever expended to do list can be also held responsible. But who let it happen in the first place? Time to take responsibility for our actions or lack of them.

When u are constantly consuming + caught up with what everyone else is doing, you don’t have time to find your own voice @unlieusurterre (CLICK TO TWEET)

Why is it so important to

MA K E   S P A C E ?

 

WHITE SPACE WILL HELP YOU

CREATE A HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT

THAT WILL NURTURE AND SUSTAIN YOU.

To reclaim time.

A need to have longer days OR a need to make days appeared longer?

I realize that I have the whole thing wrong: I keep saying to myself that I need days of 48 hours to accomplish it all.

In reality: I need to make my day appeared longer by enjoying doing most of the things that will unravel during those precious hours.

Learning to say NO and stop being a “crowd pleaser”

Learning to say YES to “me time” to become a nicer person

In times of the glorification of being busy, reclaiming white space can be seen as counter-productive / selfish /new age / irresponsible .

Wondering what  drive those feelings ?  Our dear friend Mister FEAR, my dear.

Time to learn to be BRAVE and EMBRACE the right to say no to overcommitment.

 

To recover et rejoice.

To let room for growth.

Personal / spiritual /professional

Positive energy needs room to breathe and grow.

Focusing on the White Space allows you to tap into that inner creativity that produces results.

 

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A brand new lexicon / vocabulary to make our voice louder :

“No,  thank you.”

“Un-used = un-necessary”

“my home :: my sanctuary”

“It does not have to be perfect to be beautiful :: simply allow white space (mental/spiritual/visual) to flow your day”

 

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To re-focus + re-energize.

 

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Everything is energy and energy needs space to do its  thing and help you keep focus or even better focus with new lenses on. Our belongings have emotions and energy attached them, our thoughts have energy attached to them and starting a new year with old stagnant energy will hinder us.

Create your own ritual: burn smudge sticks / Tibetan incenses / after each clearing and cleaning space to change and maintain the good vibes around you.

Make a list of your old habits the one that no longer sustain you but rather drag you down.

Burn it. Burning paper with those thoughts and words can be so powerful.

Be grateful to this “old” you but also aware that this is no longer what you need

Now envision and write/draw/collage what you would like your home to be for your soul:: connect with your deep self. I give many examples in Un-ravelling (Part One) . By clearing off and letting go your old self / the objects / belonging that no longer help you grow, you leave plenty room for new opportunities and come and shine.

I personally do this on a regular basis I am a believer in space clearing and creating a home for my soul. I believe in sacred space.

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The principles of “White Space”

 

White space is a term used mostly  in web design. But its meaning can be applied to help us create that harmony our soul crave to grow :

<<White space in a design is the spaces around elements in the design to help them stand out or separate from the other elements.>>

The human mind and modern way of life make us believe that White Space is empty space and it has to be filled to the brim.

 

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But allowing white space to be part of our environment will give us a sense of :

  • a clearer mind not taken away by clutter or too muchness around us
  • simili- luxury as in peace of mind/ less stress
  • breathing room to think  / rest / imagine / relax
  • improved life balance by enjoying  the view of  visual space that create and sustain a peaceful atmosphere.
  • more emphasis on what really matter to us

 

 

The best thing of all : when you focus on white space it will let you shine your personality

SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK⩔ 

Time to re-think your old “you” and clear space every where you possibly can !

  • Professionally : calendar / to do list (with actionable verbs in them) / bits size manageable emails in your inbox
  • Visually : closets / belongings  :: do one area AT a time no more and get the give away boxes in the trunck of your car to make sure you will deal with them within few days only. There are many, many  books that will help you with this task that can seem Dantesque for many of us.  Borrow them from friends / local library! No need to buy them all and clutter your home some more 😉
  • Spiritually : connect with your soul friends / your feel good communities / erase your “toxic relations” (es, them, you know exactly who they are) from your contacts. Once and for all / attend classes, workshops, lectures that will lift your spirit.
  • Create a sacred altar within your home :: time to reconnect with yourself, your deep desires and keep them in focus. Write your sacred words / add some meaningful nature inspired forms / a candle. Make sure it is in a predominant sacred place of your home to see it and honor it everyday .

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⩔SHARING IS CARING⩔

And I will always try to make it easy to do it for you!

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Un-ravelling :: to a new year (Part One)


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TO UN.RA.VEL

1. a. To undo or ravel the knitted fabric of.
b. To separate (entangled threads).
2. To separate and clarify the elements of (something mysterious or baffling); solve.

On January the 19th, I transitioned from 42 to 43 year old.

Just a number out there.

A silly two digit number that to me feels a little different this time.

Time for some real change

Time to reflect deeper on why I am on this planet, besides taking care of our expending family.

I am happy to be a mama.

But I  deeply know and therefore want/need “more”.

“More” in a sense of more spiritually connected.

More than ever need to nurture and develop my self awareness /

my consciousness to my leadership skills /

My soul need to shine ever more who I am and take it out to the world. Further more.

My soul need to unravel the fabric of my  life to discover more of my inner wisdom.

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That need to start TODAY.

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“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”—Deepak Chopra

 

And today will be  a longer post.

We will be talking about unravelling the fabrics of our lives.

So grab a cup of Chai tea, make yourself cozy and …. enjoy

I “missed” 3 weeks of posting with the Holiday season and a growing belly requiring me to simply lay down and read or sleep…

But I am  here now and I have a lot to share.

 

And for some of you that need to go to the “bottom of the matter”, right away:

{Discover my core desire feelings all the way down the page. Beautiful pictures with my words  that you can pin for your own inspiration. I share also with you my “soul playlist” that help me connect with those feelings}

FOR THE RUSHED SOULS

(some days are just more packed than others. I totally understand)

JUST KEEP SCROLLING !

SCROLLING!

SCROLLING !

until you come across the word “Nourished”

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FOR THE CARPE DIEM SOULS : 

GRAB YOUR TEA,  RELAX AND TAKE YOUR TIME TO READ, COMMENT AND SHARE.

 

A new year has just started.

EXHALE.

But we know the drill: on the beginning of every year we face the challenge of the [insert your choices] : dreaded / welcomed / silly / useful time of our resolutions for the new year to come.

  • What do I want to put out in the world this year?
  • What are my “projects”? Or “intuitive big or little desires”? It is usually both personal and business related.

We all have our techniques  [vision boards, meditation, creative  visualization, list on paper or digitally with the help of  so many apps].

We are all full of hopes and possibilities <<This time, I will…>>and usually by March we are back in square one…

It turns out there is a science behind “New Year Resolution”.

To be honest with you, I stopped taking New Year Eve resolutions many years ago, as I found them meaningless and depressing!

They were all falling short. Like an empty promise to yourself. My list were usually too long and not sustainable in the end. By the end of February I was usually totally off of the wagon. Life caught up and my first attempt to make me feel good was making me feel like a failure… Not so good.

I could tell that I needed somehow a “filter” to help out not feeling like a failure and still enjoying the natural process of having dreams for the new year to unfold.

I was looking into spiritual ways to get there. Creating altars, mini shrines, writing my dreams on paper and having  minimalist but meaningful rituals to sent them out to the “Universe” somehow.

This was all in my “B.C.” years (read: Before Children). Besides finding goals settings depressing on the long run,  I  also became a maman and somehow those rituals were slowly being replaced by others (bathing/feeding/caring/nursing/rocking…).

I was [temporarily] not the centre of my  own universe any more.

Few years back, as my children were at an age where things get more manageable and where they also could “participate”, I tried to re-implement some of those new years resolution rituals. I am a believer in the Waldorf philosophy so we used to have Waldorf activities our new year days. We made mini boats  with walnut shells, and set sail at night time with tea candle on mini island made with upside down  cereals bowl : all of this fitting nicely in a big plastic tub…  It is a great activity for little ones as they are ask to say  “wish/fortune” that will be written on the sail.

A premise of “goals with soul”… Or finding  the contour of your life purpose…

It is never too young to start asking some philosophical questions…

 

Fast forward years later : a year ago  I start shifting my thinking  again about New Year Resolutions when I came across  a book called  “The Desire Map” from Danielle Laporte.

Her way of dealing with “goals setting” has been said to be revolutionary by so  many people and media. I love the energy and creativity of this beautiful talented woman. She is so inspiring in so many ways.

As I was reading it along with her first book  I remember something in the same vein that I have been reading also  “many moons”  ago (in 2002 to be precise when the book was published) in a great book called “Moon Mother / Moon daughter : Myths and rituals that celebrate a girl’s coming of age“. You may or may not have read it. If not, let me introduce you to it.

 Moon Mother / Moon Daughter by Janet Lucy and Terri Allison.

I re-open this book after all those years, on January 1st 2014,  as I was  in my New Year cleaning/sorting-out-fever (probably also due to the pregnancy well know symptoms called “nesting”) but also to make mental and physical white space around me: more on this in the next week post).

But as always, -I should know it by now-,  books don’t fall upon my lap “by mistake”. This happens in my life quite often whenever I need them to read/re-read them. As by Esther and Jerry Hicks says it : <<Ask and it is given>>.  I sometimes need to remind myself to trust the Universe a lot more.  Hello,  Ser·en·dip·i·ty ! I have been missing you.

I needed to re-read this book for two reasons ::

1/ our older daughter is entering adolescence in her pre-teen years.

2/ the confirmation [if needed], that I was on the right track with simplifying my new year resolutions thanks to great minds like Danielle Laporte and Janet Lucy + Terri Allison.

In her first chapter she talks about “Moon Wisdom” and how she taught her daughter and her friends around the Winter Solstice to have a more meaningful Holiday and celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one : She wrote

<< We planned to plant seeds of intention to represent this new year >> (page 11). She says << Since Christmas time is about wish lists, I decided to borrow from this theme (…) I invites them to make a list of anything they would love to do, be, have.>>One of the girl in the assistance asked a very interesting question << CAN IT BE A FEELING?>> (Page 12)

The author goes on with an great example :

<<Let’s say I wish for a sporty little car (…) it is more about what the car represents for me (…) being carefree,  free spirited >> (Page 13) It turns out that the teenage girls <<loved finding the essentials meanings behind their words and pretty soon they all had a clear understanding of the deeper desires behind their wishes>>.

Bingo ! << If they focused on the essence rather than the specific form, their wishes might show up in many unexpected way>> (page 13)

In a word:: you don’t find your purpose but your purpose finds you through your passion, your desire .  DO WHAT YOU LOVE DOING : these are your new year’s goals and purposes!

This is what Danielle Laporte calls “CORE DESIRED FEELINGS” or CDF for the insiders and dear followers of Danielle Laporte !

As Danielle writes it :

<<You’re not chasing the goal itself, you’re actually chasing a feeling.>>

 

AND MY CORE DESIRE FEELINGS RIGHT NOW ARE: 

 

Nourished :

My need to be even more eco-focused / eco-minded / self cared.

 

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My great soul mates “PLAYLIST”  for NOURISHED:

Kris Karr /

Green Sisterhood /

Food News

FoodBabe /

ZeroWasteHome /

Skin Deep /

(to find out mean ingredients in your beauty products)

Sleep /

WANDERLUST

My need to be nomad all over again to connect to my inner wisdom.

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My great soul mates “PLAYLIST”  for WANDERLUST:

 

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Worldette /

Living off the grid /

Live your calling /

 

Numinous :

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    My great soul mates “PLAYLIST”  for Numinous:

     The Female Grail /

    Danielle Laporte /

    Catherine Just /

    Abraham Hicks /

    Byron Katie /

    Eckhart Tolle /

    SuperSoulSunday /

     

    Raw & Bold

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    Connect with who you deeply are.

     

My great souls “PLAYLIST”  for Raw & Bold:

Brenee Brown /

Danielle Laporte /

Mastin Kipp /

Sally Hogshead /

 

Inspiring

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  1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative.
  2. create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person. Inspiring people through my own creativity.
  3. animate someone with (such a feeling).

My great souls “PLAYLIST”  for Inspiring:

Danielle Laporte /

Catherine Just /

Ted Talks /

 

 

SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK

We all want to learn how to trust the direction of what you are here to share with the world comes from what inspires you most and make you feel the best possible you. Walk your talk and inspire others.

  • What do you love to do?
  • What brings you joy?
  • What can I do that I love doing to serve others?
  • Give yourself permission to start from a clean slate and start all over
  • Find few words to guide your journey and your “desires” for the year.

Lots of tools out there!

My favorites besides Danielle Laporte books are:

 Do what you love and her great free Pdf for 2014 //

For word lovers :: A little word //

For photo lovers : In plain sight //

 

Psst #1:

your purpose does not need to be a business related, as we usually go for right away.  It could just be “simply” being a great human being/friend/sister/mother. 

 

Psst #2:

pick only ONE tool or TWO at the most if you don;t want to be  overwhelmed and back to Square One at feeling like a failure again…

You don’t have to make it all happen now. Take simple steps to re-align your growth and your trust to own your “power”.

 

 

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<< Remember that you will at time loose connection with your inner guide.

Once stepping on a spiritual path, it is about the journey and  the daily repetition / mantra .>>

Keep them on focus

SHARING IS CARING

And I will always try to make it easy to do it for you! Share this blog post on Facebook / Twitter /Pinterest by  following the easy links right below. I love to read your comments, so don’t hesitate to hop onto my Facebook Page on how you plan to  unravel the fabric of your life in 2014.

 

PLEASE STAY TUNE FOR PART TWO FOR NEXT WEEK :

I will go deeper into how to create WHITE SPACE around you to support your daily mantras.

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Minimalist with soul: celebrating Christmas in a mindful organic modern way.

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 The spirit of wabi-sabi  & simplicity can feed both our souls and memories.Reverence and respect for things that are handmade ;  finding new meaning and purpose for discarded objects ; and the presence of nothing more than is necessary, meaningful or beautiful (and the wisdom to know the difference) are defining elements of a wabi sabi.

Christmas is just around the corner. But, pretty please first take a deep breathe with me and feel a sense of calm.

Relax your mind and re-center on the moment.

I know you likely have a to-do-list that goes to the moon and back : but try to think about Christmas / Winter Solstice time in a much less agitated way. Recenter on the way you want to feel and experience this celebrating moments rather than follow the craziness around you.

This post will help you create a more meaningful way of hosting your guests and bringing soul to your Christmas / New Year Eve table setting. Time to create your own personal Holiday Spirit !

To make things easy for you I rounded up some simple ideas that are festive yet bring mindfulness with an organic modern  look to help inspire you.

This year dare the mindful  minimalist organic table look !

It is ALL about understanding what TRULY winter is.

Three words:

NATURE, SIMPLE & HOMEY

Once again, Scandinavian and Wabi Sabi will be my guide for this table stetting eye candy  special blog post.

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and insight from nature. Wabi (harmony) and sabi (simplicity) chooses humility over ostentation, asceticism over extravagance. When you embrace this way of living, you naturally choose handmade / vintage objects made with wood, clay or textiles over those manufactured with plastic.

Reverence and respect for things that are hand crafted ; finding new meaning and purpose for discarded objects : this is what Wabi Sabi is all about.

Sadly, by looking at people shopping around me these days, you can tell that some kind of Christmas fever caught on fire for the past 3 weeks : multitude of holiday-themed paraphernalia and more plastic and  soul deprived objects than I could even imagined (and I did not dare to venture in toys stores).

In the story of Stuffs, Annie Leonard writes in this blog post about “Reclaiming the Holidays”

“Minimalist Holiday Celebration with Soul is experienced, hand made, home cooked rather than purchased.
It helps us to create a “white space” in our hearts, minds and calendars in order to experience this lovely time of the year.
But let’s not  forget to let our own personality shine through!
Bring on your creativity and your out-of the-box-thinking!”

This should also reflects in our home and on our festive table.

How do you incorporate rustic or reclaimed materials into your home?

Easily as long as you are ready for a bit of a mind shift if you this has not been your traditional way of celebrating so far.

As I mentioned in this blog post “, all we need need is tune in with Mother nature around us and bring some of her simple beauty and colors inside.

Both Wabi Sabi and Scandinavian consist of rustic beauty, for things both manmade and natural and to the idea that things become more beautiful and valuable over time. Cracks in the rough grain of a wood tabletop and natural hardwoods; the asymmetry and irregularity of mix-matched vintage chairs; and soft, earth-toned paint palettes are imperfectly perfect examples of the wabi sabi style.

Worn, weathered decorative pieces full with personal meaning; ornamentation reclaimed directly from Mother Nature ; and an eternal sense of modesty and humility that gives a living space a special intimacy . This season, let’s embrace the mindful wabi sabi way of design and table setting.

COMBINE PAIRED BACK AESTHETIC OF MODERN MINIMALISM

WITH THE CONSIDERED WAY OF LIVING

FROM THE WABI SABI PHILOSOPHY

In a nutshell, you will:

Candles /old crates (wintertime is the perfect time for candle light therapy)

Tree branches / pine cones / red berries / small trees

Terracota / ceramics / vintage touches (family heirloom)

Wooden table / mixed cozy chairs (and yes even Ikea…!)

Earth tone colors palette, grey +white+ black accents.

 
 

SOME RESOURCES TO INSPIRE

YOU SO YOU CAN TRY THIS AT HOME.

LIVE MORE SIMPLY / FIND BEAUTY IN EVERY DAY LIFE / MAKE THOUGHTFUL CHOICES / ENHANCE YOUR LIFE

 

 

 

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SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK

What part of Holiday Seasons (Winter Solstice/ Christmas/New year Eve) can you improve?

  • Is it cooking from scratch some family recipe with very few ingredients only bought at the farmer’s market?
  • Is it re-using, “tinkering”, “hacking’ complicated, expensive, stressful  family traditions for your table setting and your meal planning?
  • Is it lovingly teaching your family and children that this year you are going to try have a greener and more soulful Celebration time  ? 
  • And remember from  a previous post  about the value of the Wabi Sabi philosophy :

<< When the Japanese mend broken objects, they believe that when something suffered damage and has  a history,  it becomes more beautiful>>

SHARING IS CARING

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Mindful Holiday Celebration with Soul is experienced, hand made, home cooked rather than purchased @unlieusurterre #simplicity #Christmas2013 #Decorate 

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RAW+BOLD :: new quarterly eBook is now out !

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Let’s start this winter season of giving with::: Esprit d’Hiver [first winter edition]

from my new eBook serie “RAW + BOLD”

56 pages of stylish and quirky minimalist home decor and lifestyle ideas.

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Yes ! It is here !

Now ready to be downloaded  {here and here} and enjoyed and tried and experienced and cheered!

I am so thrilled to let you know about my  new eBook serie being launched since Tuesday!

Few nights ago, was the “last “very late night/early morning kind of a day :: Skyping back and forth between Finland and Switzerland to add the finishing touches to the eBook, making sure that the process was smooth and easy.

This eBook serie has been on my mind for many months now. As much I love creating, making, I equally enjoy teaching, passing on my love for minimalist, quirky,  nature-focused, mindful projects to share around the Winter Holiday seasons.

All the 8 projects designed in this Winter edition are easy to make with very little technical skills or materials. It is all about reusing, recycling, incorporating found natural materials. Some involves your children and your friends.

 

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Mind you :: this is not an eBook with 35 projects to make. I have personally nothing against it. I  believe in simplicity and I don’t want  you to feel so much overwhelmed that in the end you may be able to make one only projects out of this thirty-five.

My hope is to  have you enjoy those little moments of togetherness crafting, or solitude busily and merrily making secret gifts or home decor for the Winter season of giving.

I truly hope that you will feel inspired, refreshed, empowered by your own creativity.

Please don’t hesitate to share your own creative projects inspired by this eBook on my Facebook page: here.

I can’t wait to see your creativity bursting!

With love and gratitude,

Lila

Thanksgiving : the Wabi-Sabi way

“We feel Wabi-Sabi at Thanksgiving, perhaps more than any other time of the year.

The farms and fields are combed of grain and produce, the dormant ground appears

as rich as potting soil andthe trees revealtheir branchy bones and wounds

and marks of years of sylviculture.”

Wabi Sabi Simple: Create Beauty. Value Imperfection. Live Deeply – By Richard R. Powell

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It is fascinating to notice the contrast of what our holiday seasons have become compare to the ones, for instance,  our great grand parents used to have. In the old days, the focus was the quality of the food, the time spent together and was certainly  “lacking” of perfectionism that our modern world impose upon us.

As much as I am deeply drawn to scandinavian simplicity – which some of you might object and  define as “perfectionism”-, to me it is the beauty in the simplicity, the absence of too “muchness”, the clean, un-clutter, natural, raw materials used throughout the home.

I am drawn the same way to this beautiful Japanese way of living called Wabi-Sabi.

Wabi Sabi celebrates the beauty of the imperfection. It is actually an art form.

Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection: it values simplicity, uncluttered, underplayed, and modest surroundings. Authenticity is key to wabi-sabi philosophy: <<the presence of cracks and scratches in things are considered to be symbolic of the passing of time, weather, and loving use>>.

Wabi-sabi decor inspires minimalism that focuses more on the people who live in the space than anything else. Possessions and other items are pared down to the essentials based on utility and simple beauty.

It is such a contrast with our modern and western view of the Holiday seasons !

Just by taking a brief look into the shopping malls, catalogs, magazines and you will be overwhelmed by intricate home decor “made in cheap” that will last you about a season until it breaks or is out-of-trend.So much to “choice” from and add to our natural stress level of the holiday season.

In the end it does not add, it depletes you.

With this post, I hope to inspired you to look at what you already have and use it is a different way, bring nature in, make some easy crafts, share some simple and homemade  food (yes, all made from scratch). Dig into your old family recipe that takes no more than 5 easy ingredients to make. Don’t over do it. It does have have to be gourmet, nor does it have to look like a picture perfect  as the great Martha Steward (love her dearly but she a whole team working for her!).

I used to love creating the same sort of home decor and the perfect  Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, parties, etc. As much as it was rewarding in the end to have something looking like what you had envisioned it was also very stressful and not always enjoyable.

I am slowly learning and reminding myself that perfection is not ideal when stress is fueling it. It is a huge mind shift for me as I have to un-teach myself that in the end it is all going to be fine and friends and family won’t know what was planned “in my mind” compare to what is “on the table”.

Keep it simple and enjoy a lovely Wabi-Sabi Thanksgiving filled up with joy, mindful moments, gratitude shared with friends and family.

 

The Wabi Sabi art of living focuses on living a life based on “being enough”, living modestly.

In terms of “style” It reminds me a little the Shaker style : white and earthy tones palette, natural, raw materials (wood, natural fabrics,

ceramic).

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EIGHT easy steps to simplify your Thanksgiving  table setting :

 

ONE :

First gather everything that has a worn wooden look to it (bread cutting boards, wooden bowls, wooden plates, etc.)

 

TWO :

Then gather everything that is made of simple white  porcelain ( coffee cups / plates / bowls )

THREE:

If you have  and can borrow some of your grandma silverware, sprinkle some in the mix.

FOUR :

Take a nice relaxing walk and gather meaningful rocks, branches, acorns, pinecones, dried leaves that you could use in small amount to naturally invite the beauty of the season to your table.

FIVE:

Create some simple and yet thoughful place mats / mini decor to have your guests leave comments, thoughts on what being Thankful mean to them. I gathered many beautiful examples on my Special  “MINIMALIST THANKSGIVING” Pinterest Board right here.

SIX:

Bring some twinkling lights in with recycled mason jars, and simple tea lights to bring lights to your table.

SEVEN:


Have your children, grand children write the menu on a chalkboard.

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EIGHT:

Breathe :: your Thanksgiving is going to be perfectly “imperfect” and beautiful. Enjoy and make yourself a nice cup of tea with your handmade tea bags.

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TO REIMAGINE YOUR THANKSGIVING AND

SHINE A NEW SIMPLE LIGHT UPON IT.

 

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[ More gorgeous pictures on my special Pinterest Minimalist Thanksgiving  board ]

SOUL WORK FOR THE WEEK

What part of Thanksgiving Day can you improve?

  • Is it cooking from scratch some family recipe with very few ingredients only bought at the farmer’s market?
  • Is it re-using, “tinkering”, “hacking’ complicated, expensive, stressful  family traditions for your table setting and your meal planning?
  • Is it lovingly teaching your family and children that this year you are going to try have a greener and more soulful Thanksgiving Day?
  • And remember from last week post the value of the Wabi Sabi philosophy :

<< When the Japanese mend broken objects, they believe that when something suffered damage and has  a history,  it becomes more beautiful>>

SHARING IS CARING

And I will always try to make it easy to do it for you! Just click on the quote below to share it on Twitter.

perfection is not ideal when stress is fueling it @unlieusurterre #simplicity#thanksgiving

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