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4 Minimalist Gift Ideas For Kids

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I’m in the full holiday spirit. I’m exciting thinking about baking cookies, wrapping gifts for loved ones, and spending a lot of free time watching Hallmark holiday movies.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and people at work about what to get kids for the holidays “as a minimalist.” And it has opened a lot of doors to discuss minimalism more, which is always wonderful. But it made me realize that some people have an interesting view on gift giving as a minimalist.

I’ve realized with minimalism is that it takes more work, time, and effort. You have to be conscious about your decisions, and you have to do some research now and again, but I’ve found it to be a rewarding process. Minimalism definitely has its benefits

Something I wish I could do more minimalist practices with others, but I also believe in respecting the way other people live. I am well aware that the majority of my family is not minimalist in any sense of the word. And, I’m okay with that because that is how they want to live. I don’t believe in forcing a lifestyle onto someone, so I always remain respectful when it comes to gifts. But I do believe there is a happy medium you can reach when it comes to gifts for children. Here are five minimalist gift ideas for kids.

1| Magazine Subscription

I know some people think this brings on paper clutter, but I also think big picture when it comes to gift giving. If you’re giving them the gift of a magazine, chances are, the child/tween/teen will definitely toss it at some point. Whether it’s Highlights magazine for a 7 year old, or Girl’s World for a 12 year old—this is a gift that last all year. And if it’s something you know they will love, it is worth buying for the holidays.

2| Tickets/Passes

Maybe your niece has ALWAYS wanted to go to Darian Lake, or maybe they are into something low-key like a new movie. Whether you decide to spend the day with them, or you gift it to them to go with the family—this is a gift you can’t go wrong with. If you’re talking about a younger child, gift them tickets to the local aquarium or zoo. Take it a step further and gift them a pass for the year for the zoo. I promise the parents and the child will both be happy!

3| Experience Gift

Treat your cousin or nephew to a fun day together doing something they love. Take them to an arcade, go karts, or a round of laser tag. As long as you know it’s something they will enjoy doing for a few hours then you should be good to go. If you’re thinking for someone younger, treat them to a kid’s music class or play area they can enjoy.

4| Educational Gifts

A trip to a children’s museum, or a library card to introduce to the world of reading. This gift can be as elaborate as you see fit. And if there’s an educational gift that’s a toy, or a play set (science/history set), feel free to include that as part of the gift.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a list that a child creates or a give that parents will approve as well. As long as you feel as though it will truly serve a purpose to them—that’s is the important part of buying a gift. Minimalism isn’t about NOT purchasing any “physical” gift, but it’s more about buying a gift that you feel as though will truly serve a purpose rather be another toy they forget about in a few months. You can also find a happy medium and purchase one item from their list that’s a toy, and another gift can be something more minimal.

What gifts are you getting for the kids in your family, or your own kids? I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!

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Pursuing Slow Living & Why It’s Important

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 6, 2017

What’s important to you?

Be honest with yourself. What is really important to you?

 

Are you looking to have a family with two kids and two dogs? Do you want to travel the world and explore new cities and countries several times a year? Are you hoping to begin your own business?

Whatever life goals you have for yourself is wonderful. But, the problem the may be holding you back is busyness. Busyness is something we’ve turned into a new normal, and it’s not how I want to live my life. It’s something that doesn’t make me feel blissful because busy doesn’t always mean we’re working toward that life we so desperately want.

Busyness can mean you’ve put too much time and energy toward work projects and you’ve tacked on an additional 10 hours unpaid for your time, energy and money. You could have spent that time relaxing, recharging, spending quality time with friends, family or yourself.

I don’t want my life to become so busy that I forget what it’s like to have free time. I don’t want to feel guilty when I have a day off because I’m used to having my day planned with zero time to relax.

That’s why I’m choosing to live life a little more slowly. I’m focusing on something that’s essential for my well-being, and you should, too. There’s a beautiful saying in Italian that truly resonates with me and this lifestyle: dolce far niente, which means the sweetness of doing nothing. Italians are masters of enjoying the small moments of everyday life without worrying about being busy and rushing to the next task or meeting. They are wonderful with enjoying these simple moments in life, and practicing slow living.

Why slow living is important:

1| Perspective

Perspective is something I talk about a lot here on the blog because I think it’s important to gain new insight and learn a different way of looking at life and how we live it. For me, living more slowly and intentionally will give a new perspective on what I truly find valuable to me. It’s how I’ll know what’s worth spending time and energy on.

2| More 

More time. More energy to devote to what you’re truly passionate about. More money because you’re not in a rush to go, go, go and get your drive-through breakfast and coffee every day. There’s more of everything in your life that’s good when we decide to slow down and live the life you want to live. More time to enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing. Dolce far niente.

3| Fulfillment 

I feel fulfilled when I know I’ve had a productive day at work, but I can go home and live my life without worrying about work. I do ever want to bring work home with me, and I don’t plan to. Home is where I can dedicate time to myself and to those important to me. It’s where I can relax, enjoy reading, workout, cook, blog, or anything in between. I feel fulfilled knowing I don’t need to check off 10 things off the ever-growing to-do list. Stress and busyness are created from ourselves, so it’s important to recognize who is responsible creating for the chaos and who is also responsible for removing the chaos. Both answers include you. It’s up to you which life you decide to live.

How can you work on living slowly?

Disconnect from social media and from your phone to actually enjoy time in a cafe with your bestie. Don’t feel the need to rush through Sunday dinner with your family. Instead, savor the meal, talk about your week and the week ahead. Make time to be present in the current moment you’re in rather than rush to the next part of your day. Be content with what you’re doing. Dolce far niente. The sweetness of doing nothing.

Living slowly and practicing this concept can mean that you wake up 30 minutes earlier to actually wake up, make breakfast and enjoy your coffee in your home before beginning the day. It’s about removing the rush and chaos from your day-to-day life. It’s about enjoying your day without feeling like busyness has taken over what you love most.

For me, instead of talking and enjoying the moment I’m spending with Josh and his family for dinner, I’m thinking about my week ahead, new ideas for my blog, book topics to write in the future, and so much more. My mind can’t fully shut off because of my internal need to keep going and keep feeling busy. Instead, I plan to put my phone away, shut off those work-mode thoughts and enjoy Sundays.

So how will you live more slowly? How will you practice the sweetness of doing nothing? Do you have any tips on this lifestyle? What busyness and chaos do you want to remove from your life? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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