Monday, April 26, 2010

minimalism spurred on by daffodil

What a lovely day today... and since the weather is supposed to be less than wonderful for the next two days - a return to cooler spring weather - I decided to pick some daffodils and tulips and bring them inside.

After putting a lovely daffodil in a vase and bringing it up to the bedroom it struck me how much lovelier this flower would look if the space around it were empty... and there we have it again. I felt almost angry at the stuff around the daffodil, distracting the eye from its loveliness... and once again I feel that I am on the right path, getting rid of things. I might never even want to participate in the 100-thing challenge (although I find myself strangely obsessed with the stories of those that manage it) but I will continue to rid our home of things that are really only in the way of the life we want to live...

...and I give thanks to the lovely daffodil for re-igniting in me the urge to purge :o)

I'm off to find some stuff to give away!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Driving with the windows rolled down

Thanks to Sunny of Simplicity by Sunny whose blog I've been devouring, for a wonderful post a while ago on living life with your senses... well worth a visit and a read ...

For me, it really made me think- about what I want to experience and what I enjoy experiencing right now that I might just want to make more time for:

There are the almost stereotypical ones that are probably stereotypical for a good reason:

- I love the feeling of hugging, cuddling, kissing and tickling my kids...
- I love the feeling of taking that extra moment to hug my hubby
- I love the feeling of knowing that my listening and being there has helped a friend...

I also love
- the feeling of sweating in a Moksha yoga class, and then feeling my whole body dissolve at the end...
- the feeling of sinking into a warm ocean (yup, it's gotta be really warm for me to love this one!)
- the feeling of working on a project, a presentation, a problem and 'getting it' - the way forward, the next step
- the feeling of digging in the warm soil and planting my garden
- listening to absolutely nothing in the desert
- sitting in the sunshine inside on a cold winter day
- curling up with a trashy novel and a cup of coffee
- remembering to take a breath...

and yes,
driving with the windows down and the music blaring... even if I have to pump the heating up in the car so as not to freeze...

How about you?