Weekend Wisdom: Simplifying often starts in chaos so make big change small. Find simplicity by going outside, decluttering a small drawer or by removing a few items from your closet that you never wear. The tiny steps matter.
I took that picture as I was walking through my parents town in Italy. The week before, I visited my in-laws in picturesque New Hampshire during foliage season. I saw my brother-in-law in Germany and my sister and I have been exploring every cup of coffee throughout Europe. We’ve had coffee in Zurich, Bregenz, Markdorf, Meerburg…, Rome, Arezzo, Florence, Brussels and Amsterdam. And of course there were treats with almost every cup of coffee.
Seeing my family after years of Zoom calls, phone calls, emails and the occasional card through the mail has been so special. It’s also been interesting to rethink my work again. How, when, what, why … all the questions are out in the universe and I’m hopeful that soon, I’ll have some answers. As John Steinbeck said, “People Don’t Take Trips. Trips Take People.” This trip took me. It took me back to friends and family, it took me to the joy of exploring new cities and the curiosity of getting lost.
Thanks to this trip I was taken to the best Cacio e Pepe and the butteriest croissant. It took me to moments of laughing so hard I cried and crying so hard I laughed. This trip brought me back to my daily journaling practice and gave me clarity on some upcoming projects. You don’t have to take a trip to enjoy the concept of coming home, coming back to you. Do it anytime, after a hard time, during a transition, if you feel overwhelmed or unsettled or anytime it feels good to reset and come home.
Ok … onto the favorites:
May as well plan ahead and schedule your holiday self care.
How to deal with unsolicited advice (if you receive it OR give it).
You know I’ll be listening to this on my flight (for the second time).
53 refreshing things to do on a Sunday night.
Fall asleep fast with this easy practice.
10 slow living books to help you simplify your life.
Once my jet lag fades, I’m going to read this.
If you have OCD, cleaning can be triggering. This will help.
A few tiny steps to help you make big change small.
If you have too many clothes in your closet, read this.
Note to self.
Declutter your kitchen by tossing these 10 things.
Avoid resentment by putting these things on your not to-do list.
Everything you’ve wanted to know (or will want to know) about dressing with less.
If you are struggling to get started on a big project, this will help.
The best advice you’ll get all week.
This week’s Instagram favorite is from @quotesbychristie because we sometimes forget that boundaries can be kind (for everyone involved).
I hope you enjoy this edition of Weekend Favorites and have a beautiful, safe, healthy, loving weekend.
P.S. The Simplicity Space opens soon but only to the waitlist. In addition to our regular offerings, we are hosting two amazing workshops to help you discover more joy in your life. Sign up here!