Mother's Day gift guide

Mother's Day gift guide

I walked through a local department store today. I was surrounded by a group of sales women with perfectly painted faces, not a hair out of place and broad fake smiles, spraying perfume onto cards of blotting paper. 

The air in the confined space was so saturated with scent I could barely breathe. Looking around at all of the Mother’s Day displays in this expensive store, there was nothing I could see that I hoped my family bought for me this year. The most meaningful gifts are often not the ones that are on the store shelves.

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10 Books I loved reading in 2018

10 Books I loved reading in 2018

I love a good reading list, and I put one together at the beginning of every year. I never stick to my plan! Friends recommend books, I go to conferences and hear interesting speakers and just have to buy the book, I read recommendations from Facebook groups and blogging colleagues.

This year I read a fairly eclectic mix of books on ministry, leadership, faith and family. Some written by well known authors who I know I love, some by authors who were unknown to me until now, and even a couple that were written by friends who I know. I hope you find something that interests you enough to add to your reading list this year.

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8 new things I discovered in 2018

 8 new things I discovered in 2018

It's coming to the end of another amazing year. Once again, our family has gone through big changes, moving into our apartment in the city, but there has been a lot of little things along the way that has made this year great. There is always something new to discover! I’m not a huge risk taker, but I’m often willing to give new ideas a go. This year I have found a few products and ideas that have in some cases quite literally changed my life. 

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How to Simplify Christmas

How to Simplify Christmas

Enjoy a simple Christmas without being a Scrooge

I know Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Extra commitments, tricky relationships and unrealistic expectations coupled with years of family traditions and memories can create a melting-pot of emotions and pressures. Add to that the additional financial pressure of purchasing gifts, expensive food and impressive decorations and the ‘wonderful’ can start to melt away.

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What to buy a minimalist for Christmas

What to buy a minimalist for Christmas

We love our friends. We love our family. The way they traditionally show that love at Christmas time is to buy presents. But for the minimalist, or even just a regular person with a house full of clutter they are trying to get under control, the idea of acquiring a whole lot more stuff doesn't feel like something to celebrate at all.

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High Impact Decluttering

High Impact Decluttering

A drawer full of undies and you reach for the same favourite pair every time. A pot full of pens and you reach for the same pen every time. A shelf full of mugs, but every morning you reach for the same tall white mug your best friend gave you. One set of favourite sheets, one pair of favourite jeans, one eyeshadow I use every day. So, why do I hang onto so much stuff so that I can have choices? 

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The benefits of owning less clothes

The benefits of owning less clothes

I spent a few minutes going through my wardrobe again this morning and reflected on how different this process is two years after I first decided to get rid of most of my clothes.

I used to own a wardrobe overflowing with clothes. After spending 13 years as a stay at home mum, I enjoyed buying proper clothes when I went back into the workforce. I shopped the sales and grabbed some great bargains – pretty much anything that was cheap that fit me. I didn’t put an awful lot of thought into it. Buying lots of cheap clothes seemed smart at the time.

Then I found myself with a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing that I felt like wearing.

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24 Days in a Carry On

24 Days in a Carry On

Murray and I go to Europe tomorrow. We booked this trip 9 months ago, but have dreaming of it for years. Literally, years. We’ve planned a leisurely schedule in just three countries, with only a few tours booked. All of our internal travel is by train, and all of our accomodation is Airbnb. To keep things super simple, we are just taking one small carry on size suitcase each.

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My Monumental Minimalism Failure

My Monumental Minimalism Failure

Playing the honesty card here… coming clean with an absolute mess I made for myself recently. If you walk past me at church on Sunday, this probably isn’t the conversation topic I am most excited to bring up.

I had a relatively simple problem to solve: I needed new walking sandals for our trip to Europe in June. Have I told you I’m going to Europe in June? (Insert excited squeal.) This should be easy. This should not rate on the ‘difficult decisions to make in life’ scale. 

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The Secret to Enjoying Housework

The Secret to Enjoying Housework

I hate housework- always have. I had a messy bedroom as a child, and being clean and tidy has never come naturally or easily to me. I have had to work really hard to come to the place now where my home is almost always presentable, and rarely embarrassing. But, even though I’ve learned how to keep my house tidy, it’s been a genuinely difficult journey. Over the years I have learned how to do housework; recently, I’ve been learning how to enjoy it.

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

We moved house. We found a brand new rental just ten minutes away in a great neighbourhood, close to major roads and shops. It’s a great house and we are going to enjoy living here. It has everything we need; four bedrooms, a study and two living areas. It has a good size yard with a fence for our dog, and a beautiful kitchen with a big five burner stove. Absolutely nothing to complain about. But, it’s smaller than our last house. That was always the plan, to downsize, but the reality of that has kind of slapped me in the face, and it stings a bit for a while.

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