Another year has flown by, and looking back is always bitter sweet. There are things that I wish I had done, and other things that I am so proud that I actually did. My goal for 2015 was freedom in every area of my life possible. I can say that I definitely got a bit closer to what I think freedom feels like for me. (And yes pictured above is a tiny glimpse of our 3 foot Christmas tree.)
Today is my last article of 2015 before the holidays, and I wanted to recap some of the best articles of this year plus some holiday inspiration.
I’ve been decluttering our things since 2010 with the hope that one day we could have a place that looked clear and serene, but still had personality and charm. I shared an abundance of photos of our minimalist one bedroom apartment in this article.
This dessert recipe contains only three ingredients, and is raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and oil-free which your body and taste buds will both LOVE! This recipe can replace baking cookies as holiday gifts this year!
Since I began my minimalist lifestyle journey in 2010, learning to live with less has allowed me to rethink my life in ways I would have never been able to if I continued to stay in the “matrix of materialism”. #truth
These large corporations act as if they are doing a favor by providing work for those in developing countries, yet they are taking advantage of the desperation for opportunity. After watching the documentary of The True Cost, I will never look at fashion with the same eyes.
Many times when irritating chemical filled skin care products are eliminated completely, the skin clears up and there is no more contact dermatitis or acne. Less is more with skin care!
Owning this simple little black dress has been a supreme lesson in the importance of investment pieces for me. Quality versatile pieces are more valuable than a closet full of nothing to wear.
With a new perspective around why you choose to keep something, it is now easier to release everything creating clutter and energetic heaviness in your home. Decluttering deserves all of the hype!
Have you ever noticed how instant gratification isn’t really all that gratifying? Once whatever it is touches your hand, is viewed, or listened to, how often are you looking for the next thrill? Here’s how I get past impulse purchases.
In the article Why Sugar Is The Enemy & How I Stopped Eating It, I received a question from a reader who felt completely overwhelmed with beginning a healthier lifestyle with food. This is exactly how I felt when I left the world of fast and convenience foods well over ten years ago. These are the tips that I used to change my eating habits for the better.
It can be difficult to not literally “buy” into what we think our lives are supposed to look like. I definitely feel the pressure of keeping up with certain lifestyle standards that I never intially intended for myself. I do feel it is important to present your best self to the world, and I also feel that our quality of life should feel radiant. Yet when our best self and beautiful life always gears around something we do not currently have, I am certain we must be feeding the wrong intention.
We always hear to be the change we want to see in the world, and I’d love to see less trash and more positive changes to heal the planet.
Decluttering in essence get’s us out of past ruts and moves us into the place we want to be. When we respect ourselves, we take care of ourselves. When we desire more from life, we must make the space for it. Truly decluttering isn’t so much about organizing our space with lots of organizing containers and tools. Truly decluttering has more to do with actually parting with every single possession that does not embody the life you desire within your heart right now.
I have learned so much about my own personal style by focusing on only key pieces each season. By observing what few items actually continue on to the next year and why, I am hoping to make better choices in the future.
The two largest areas of waste in any household is with personal care products and in the kitchen. Although I have been transitioning both areas over to zero waste, my personal care products have been the easiest so far.
Why has it become the norm to check emails, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your favorite website, etc. first thing after turning off your alarm in the morning?
Now after selecting the Best of 2015, it you are interested in holiday inspiration to get you through the rest of the season, you can find all holiday related articles on Minimalist Beauty here. You will find ways that I simplify things for the holidays, DIY bath and beauty gift ideas/recipes, as well as just my thoughts on this time of year.
I am wishing all of you a wonderful and very merry holiday season. If you have signed up for Minimalist Beauty Newsletters, they will be back in in full effect in the new year. I am only one person, and keeping up with the artistic, technical, and business side of Minimalist Beauty as well as responding to your questions and comments can be a lot at times. I am definitely looking forward to what 2016 brings, and wishing you all abundance, health, peace of mind, true bliss, and more love than you can imagine!
Happy Holidays & One Love!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)