On the eve of a new year, I am pausing to consider the future of this here blog. The past year has been a tough one and the blog has suffered from neglect. But I think that it still has some life left in it.
Last year I thought I’d widen the scope of Authentic Abundance to reflect my wider interest in creativity and authenticity beyond self-sufficiency and sustainability. But I got side-tracked with a whole lot of personal stuff; a divorce; mothering; animals and friends lost; and a second PhD that took up lots of time but ultimately went nowhere. The complications of life simply got in the way and sapped my creative energy. But when it came down to it, writing is the one thing that keeps me on track. So here’s to 2016 – onwards and upwards!
In 2016 I want to extend Authentic Abundance to reflect my thinking on how to be more thoughtful and creative in everyday life to enable us to move away from the consumer market.
An abundant life is about believing in yourself and doing what you love. It’s about not buying into the façade of consumer market sophistication or celebrity. You don’t need stacks of money or the greatest job to live abundantly, but you do need a different kind of attitude. This blog is about searching for a simpler life and suggesting tools for our search along the way. Most importantly it is about not following trends. Rather, it’s about being an individual and discovering what is right for you.
Things get tough sometimes; even the most positive of us need a little help remembering what gives us joy. I think it is valuable to keep a list close-by that that we can add to periodically that outlines our favourite things; things that don’t cost the earth. My own list has over 100 items, how many can you think of? Here are ten things that make my life better:
- Fresh linen!
- Magazines (they don’t have to be new – just new to you – so check op shops)!
- Homemade lemon cordial!
- Nice tea!
- Chocolate (fair trade of course)!
- A new fast writing pen (they don’t have to be fancy – my fav is a BIC)!
- A clean bathroom!
- Lavender oil in an oil burner!
- An organised desk!
You can use your list like a prescription, when you need a boost choose some of the things on your list and execute them – when you are feeling particularly under the (creative) weather double your intake of your favourite things. Become a positive influence in your own life – be kind and compassionate to yourself too!
Here are two great books from the past year that might be of interest to those who want to delve deeper into the personal development literature (it is not the woo woo type lit – I promise):
Kate James, Believe in Yourself & Do What You Love, 2015.
Pip Lincolne, Craft for the Soul: How to Get the Most Out of Your Creative Life, 2015.