I’ve made a resolution. To post a blog once a week until December 31st just to see if I can do it. That’s 18 posts between now and then, which feels like kind of a lot, but I’m going to let go of judging the subjects / writing and just put it out there.
In this inaugural post, I wanted to share something I’ve been kicking around: This idea of prioritizing living as gently as possible.
The idea of “gentle living” is really about finding ways to minimize the habits & actions that wreak havoc on ourselves, others, and the planet.
In an effort to come up with 18 more posts, here is a non-exhaustive list of things that fall under this ideology that you may see posted in the coming weeks:
- Making an effort to live sustainably
- Buying local and seasonally.
- Eliminating as much plastic from your life as possible (including using reusable bags when shopping).
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle.
- Adopting simple rules for healthy living
- Make an effort to move everyday.
- Eat simple, real, organic food.
- Connect to nature, go outside, breathe fresh air.
- Give yourself and other people a break…aka empathy
- Nobody’s harder on themselves than…themselves. Be gentle with yourself. You’re human.
- Everybody’s fighting their own demons. If they’re pissing you off, there’s really no need to destroy them…address it directly, do some self reflecting or just ignore it.
- Perfect doesn’t exist.
- Travel and open your mind.
- Gratitude for the simple, little moments and things.
Those are just some ideas that came from kicking the tires on this gentle living thing. It’s all stuff I try to foster in my own life, and I thought maybe you’d like in on it too.
All this isn’t to say that there’s no room for hustle & grind. There absolutely is. It’s just more about balance. We (I) feel inclined to push constantly, and it seems like it’s harder to accept the natural cycle of ebb and flow in today’s culture. All flow, no ebb, amiright?
As the world becomes more insane by the day, it seems like a bit of ebb is in order. I really do think this will help.