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the art of simple living

What is it exactly. Can it even be defined? I've recently challenged myself to define what this means for me and why it's even a desire. It seems deeply connected to my creative self but I also realize that I think there are a lot of us seeking a life that may just be a bit simpler... slower even.

I did happen upon this coffee table book from Kinfolk. Beautifully done, but I was struck - it's focus was around slow living which as I was reading the definition summed up the ethos of what I believe it means to live simply.

"slow living - an ethos that encourages us to reclaim our time and devote it to whatever brings us joy and meaning. This view of slow living isn't about luxury or laziness, nor is it about forgoing our most beloved belongings - it's about identifying what, and whom,

we simply can't live without."

As I think about what I want to do and give to the world in this next year I keep thinking of this idea of slow living. Maybe it's because my work life and family life doesn't feel slow or simple. Maybe it's because I'm getting old and tired. But I think, truly, it is because the older I get the more I realize the importance of fostering a life that is simplified in a way that we (I) cherish and enjoy the things and people I can't live without.

Look for more on how I'm learning to define this for myself, how I believe it is connected to our spaces, and for me, how it is connected to my need to create. What does slow living mean for you?

Want this coffee table book for yourself? Purchase here.

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