I've been thinking a lot about the endless work, work, work cycle our culture celebrates lately as I struggle to find balance and time for the things I love: my husband, my beautiful baby girl, my family, long naps, and my endless craft adventures. I recently finished a great non-fiction book by Wanda Urbanski (she hosted a show called "Simple Living" on PBS for many years) called "The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life."
Her book cited some other interesting titles on the subject of slow living and the search for a new simplicity. I found one of them at the library. It is called "Affluenza: the all-consuming epidemic". I love this quote from the book: "In Taylor's new dream, the word simplicity means far more than cutting back on consumption. It means cutting back on unwanted thoughts, waste, and stress-- scrapping the artificial and superficial in favor of the authentic. It's not just simplicity of stuff, but also simplicity of purpose, and clarity of mind. It's about being contented and connected, rather than confused."
The Taylor cited in the book used to work at the Center for the New American Dream. They have a great website you should check out if this topic interests you. What is your version of the "American Dream"? I don't dream of driving a giant SUV (hello giant gas bill) and living in a McMansion, but I also don't dream of living completely off the grid. My ideal life falls somewhere in the middle of these extremes. I want my life to be filled with purpose, abundant joy, love, peace, crafts, long naps, and walks on the beach...doesn't that just sound lovely?
I am a maker, baker, mom, wife, sister, daughter, coworker, and friend. I love to create. I love to photograph happy trees and my happy baby girl. A long time ago I learned to make new friends and keep the old. You will find project posts and random musings on this blog. Don't you just love the excitement at the outset of something new? Or when you are eating something delicious and warm out of the oven? I do.
Crafting, creativity, baking, life, randomness. Decided to write about my adventures--both the triumphs and the disasters because being a grown-up limits my time to discuss such things at a reasonable hour.