July fest

Apologies for the radio silence. July has passed me by. So what the devil have I been up to?

Well, Bekki at The Creativity Cauldron did a really interesting article. A coaching piece:

http://thecreativitycauldron.com/2015/07/06/more-or-less/

With some fundamental questions like… What do you want more of and less of in your life? Equally what do you want to spend more or less time doing? This stopped me in my tracks. So I did a bit of an audit. I’ll share some snippets. Hope they are interesting and not me just navel gazing, out loud, in front of others. You’re still there right?

Pampering

I am a recovering spendaholic. As such I have to be careful. Real careful otherwise I can lose control. Problem is unlike booze or fags or drugs which you can avoid – I can’t live without certain things such as basic toiletries. I’m sure there is a way to rub a banana skin onto my face at night to moisturise it and I’m a wannabe hippie. I’m just not quite there yet. So although my stashing days are long gone – and to think of the storage I had dedicated to it all – I have found of late that I’ve accrued a stash that now makes me feel uncomfortable. It’s at the many bottles and tubs open and scent losing stage.

So what I have done? Well it turns out that having a use up pile of toiletries is a thing in webville. It’s called things like project pan. The idea being you target said product til you hit pan (see the metal or packaging) to use it up. So I’ve been doing just that. And the result? It feels good and my stash (irrespective of how small it is now to what it used to be) is getting smaller by the day. Pampered. Less stuff. Done! (Well being done. Just down the road from done. You know near the pub).

Bite the bullet

Having been in debt (serious debt) I am incredibly careful with money. Problem is too careful in areas where I need to spend. And I mean need! I delayed buying a new bed. The result was an aggravated back. I delayed many things. Too many things. Things I needed. So I created a heading from this audit called Bite the bullet. This was not a blank cheque to buy whatever I wanted. But a permission to myself to buy what I needed.

So I made a start. I ordered some Bose headphones as my neighbours can be noisy in the summer. Unfortunately someone else thought they needed them and they have gone missing. All being sorted with the retailer. A delivery that never was. But I am surprisingly calm about that – probably because I was in all day of the alleged delivery. Not sponsored this by the way. In case you wondered. Peace and love.

I also ordered a specialist chair – a sort of chair that inverts you. I have reflexology on a similar chair so have bagged one for myself. It’s lovely. I feel it deserves a special name. I hereby name this chair… Ethel! Like a lovely Auntie who comforts you when you’re a sleepy / hungry / tired child. I love Aunt Ethel. You always know where you are with Aunt Ethel. On the lovely chair. A dreadful joke…

I have lots of other headings around things I need to work on but to have made headway in two areas is progress so I’ll not beat myself up about leaving some areas untouched, a bit Miss Haversham like. The thing that always astounds me is that when you start tinkering in one area something moves elsewhere. For instance, the focus in these areas somehow tapped into my concern around eating better and put me in touch with a nutritionist. And get me making sweetcorn fritters courtesy of Nigel Slater. They look like fritters and everything. More on the nutritionist journey no doubt will be coming soon.

.Corn frittersA flower shaped fritter. That is all. Move along.

So…. Um. You’re still here (awkward). No of course not. But what I do want to know is…. What do you want more of in your life? I know I am so nosey right?

Have a brilliant day,

Melanie

More info about things I’ve mentioned above:

http://thecreativitycauldron.com/2015/07/06/more-or-less/

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/09/nigel-slater-classic-corn-fritters

Pampering minimalist style

I am a recovering spendaholic. I once owned 17 foundations. What. The. Hell? So the beauty industry is a seductress to me. Does your skin feel drier as you age? *Touches face and nods* Have you lost that glow? *Looks in mirror and nods* Fancy losing another £30? *Um* and so on.

But trying to walk the minimalist path can be difficult when it comes to pampering. Buy experiences not stuff. Check. Sales targets and upselling. Oh for the love of God. Now if you love x product and it brings you joy then hell it needs to stay. But if you fancy some free pampering then read on.


And by the way. If someone had said to me 5 or 10 years ago I’d have coconut oil in my home let alone as a beauty product I would have laughed. Cook with it? No you must be kidding it’s full of saturated fat. Put it on your skin? Um are you for real? And now look… Just look!


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Yesterday I rediscovered this video. It’s by Lisa Eldridge a well established make up artist. The good thing is that throughout she says that to do this facial massage you don’t need to buy any special products. You could use olive oil or a cleanser. How refreshing to watch a YouTube video and know you are not being manipulated by marketing men/women. Is that just great?

So. Please give it a go. It is free and your face will thank you for it.

Have a brilliant day,

Melanie