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Take the time to take time

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a sweet little coffee break at Folk on a recent road trip
 
When choosing to live passionately, to do our good, to dream big and commit to the hard work that those dreams require, it can happen that in amongst well-intentioned plans, we fall into the trap of being busy for the sake of being busy. We can allow 'I don't have time' to become our mantra and the pace of our lives to become unnecessarily hectic without necessarily being any more fruitful. I want life to the full, not just a full diary. I want to work towards the future whilst paying homage to the beautiful wonder of the ordinary present. I want to live purposefully and to take responsibility for taking the time to take time, which is why this little passage spoke to me:

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
 

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What is your ritual?

“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.”

Pat Conroy

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.

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A life well-curated

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curated (verb): to take charge of or organise; to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation

For me, curation conjures up notions of intention, care, respect for beauty and function as well as elegant simplicity.
A life well-curated could be seen as one that intentionally embraces simplicity. That is, simplicity as the guide by which we curate the many physical objects that are part of our life (so much has been penned on the virtues of owning less, valuing quality over quantity and the clarity that come from ridding ourselves of clutter that I won't repeat it here).

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.

'Embrace Simplicity' is part of the philosophy of Nourish and Nest and something I am trying (sometimes successfully, sometimes dismally) to live out in the long days/short years of life.
As a couple of people asked on Instagram, the baby swing was sourced from The Bowerbird Store

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Enjoy small rituals

blooms candles tea 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.

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