There is a sense of freedom and an optimism to be found in Summer's longer days and bluer skies that lends itself perfectly to dreaming. To considering the possibilities and letting your mind run a little wild.
For me, Autumn has always been a rather productive time, the season to really get things done, to translate those dreams into intentions and daily actions.
But while we linger here in Summer, I find myself sitting with dreams and ideas that excite me and fill me with passion and purpose.
Long live the dreamers! I hope Summer is treating you well and that you find small moments in your days to allow your mind to wander and embrace the possibilities. Life is good.
I love the start of a New Year and the symbolism of a blank slate that comes with it. It is an opportunity to release the negative, embrace the positive, re-focus on what is important and shake off what isn't. Here are a few questions I like to ask myself at the start of a New Year:
What are my main focuses/passions for this year?
What do I want to embrace this year?
What do I want to let go of this year?
How am I going to nourish my body?
Who would I like to connect with?
What do I want to create?
How can I love more extravagantly?
I hope the New Year holds exciting promise for you and hope this little blog can be a nourishing place of inspiration and everyday beauty for whoever stumbles across it.
If you are still getting yourself organised for 2015, you might love (as I am) the stylish calendar that the talented Cristina Martinez has made available (free) for download. Happy New Year everyone!
P.S. I am currently soaking up the sun and enjoying a little holiday but the Nourish and Nest online store is still open 24/7 and orders will be despatched on Monday 19th January xxx
Stopping to breathe after a rather full month
Looking forward to the space to think and dream that January allows
Thinking I may have found my perfect diary for 2015
Adoring this online space
Harvesting tomatoes. Kilo after kilo of tomatoes! And not doing much else in my vegetable patch...
Realising that I need to rectify that if I want to be harvesting next month!
Planning meals based around tomatoes and other Summer goodness, such as this
Reading this book
Curating inspiration on the Nourish and Nest Pinterest boards
Looking forward to a Summer road trip and some beachside camping next month
And how about you? Please feel free to share that which is inspiring you in the comments.
Take the time to talk to the elderly lady next door, to read a book, to walk to work instead of riding the subway when it's a beautiful day. Take the time to escape for a weekend with friends.
Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow, to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want.
Call your grandmother on her birthday and rinse your hair with cold water just like she taught you, listen to your children, breathe deeply, take the time to make fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, to go to a museum, to go for a stroll in the woods and listen to the sounds of tiny creatures in the grass. In summer, take the time to compile a scrapbook of pressed flowers with a child, to read him a story.
Take the time to take time because nobody else will do it for you.from 'How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are' by Anne Berest , Caroline de Maigret , Audrey Diwan and Sophie Mas
“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.”
A candle-lit bath, an early morning cup of tea when all is quiet, an end-of-the-week glass of bubbles, a stolen moment in your lunch break to sit on the grass with the sun on your face.. the possibilities are boundless. So what is your ritual?
It is a simple but profound luxury to have a few uncomplicated pleasures in life that nourish and allow you to create your own personal sanctuary, even if it is just for a moment.
I will be sharing a few of my current small rituals on Nourish and Nest's instagram account with the hashtag #itsmyritual over the coming weeks. Please feel free to join in the fun.
But beyond the material, it is a concept that also spans to include our commitments and schedule as well. There is much that is realistically unavoidable (hello washing dishes) but we can spend the hours that we have left in ways that mirror what we are passionate about, what we cherish and what we would ultimately like to be part of the footprint of our lives. There is room for anything, but not everything. And so the importance of a life well-curated.
The simple acts of lighting a candle, pouring tea, running a bath or gathering around a meal have the ability to calm, nourish, inspire and foster gratitude. Such small rituals are ordinarily, elegantly beautiful. They are ancient and yet they are ours.
Often we look for happiness, inspiration and sustenance only in the big moments, in the occasional, in the grand. But the very premise of Nourish and Nest is that joy is to be found in the small rituals, in the everyday. It is a simple philosophy that looks upon life with wonder, believing that there is beauty to be found.