Nothing Is To Precious
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Corner Gallery's first ever Dinner With the Artists in which I gathered together with locals, creatives, and artists from all across Virginia to discuss life, art, and our own creative pursuits. It was evening filled with beautiful artwork, inspiring creatives, and delicious food but what I loved most about the event was the conversation. During our meal gallery owner Anne Smith went around the table asking the celebrated artists questions about their work, process, and life. One question that came up was "have you ever thrown any pieces away?" Everyone answered in their own way but one answer that stood out to me was by artist Sarah Trundele was that she had. "I've learned to have the mindset that nothing is too precious", she explained. If a piece isn't working out she'll subsequently go over it or throw it out. She doesn't feel the need to hold on. I thought her answer to this question to be so simple and yet profound as it can be applied to so many aspects of life. There is so much freedom in letting go. It's only then after we shed what no longer serves us that we are able to move on and experience something new.
Photographs by Zoe Grant.
Something that I like to do throughout the year but especially during these cold winter months, is to make up and distribute bags of affirmation. These paper bags are filled with snacks, clothes and encouraging words created for and handed out to those who we see standing on the street corner asking for money.
Do you want to know something? A used to be a shopaholic. You know how after you graduate from high school and everyone generously gives you money for your next endeavor be it college or a job? Well I spent most of mine.
Our homes are supposed to be our refuge but did you know that they could also be making us sick? Asthma, headaches, coughing, and allergies are just a few of the signs that you may need to make some changes to your home. Lucky for you, we've outlined some of the problem areas and what you can do to create a healthier environment for you and your family!
I think that most of us could agree that some of the hardest items to sort through and to let go of are old: photographs, cards and letters. Compared to most of the other items in our homes, these are some of the most sentimental. Sorting through we find accounts of our childhood and adult years, words of encouragement, funny stories, and accounts of daily life.
Every year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Whether you yourself suffer with mental illness or you have a friend or family member who suffers, we have all been affected in some way by mental illness.
The older we get, the more we tend to value community. However for the longest time it was not a high priority in my life. It wasn’t until I had graduated college, gotten married and moved to a new city that I realized how much I longed for a core group of men and women that I could share life with.
The name "making room for peace" actually came to me during that time of anxiety and questioning. I had had another blog at the time that had experienced some relative success but had started to feel superficial to me. I knew that just as with my spiritual life, I wanted something with more depth, that discussed topics such as decluttering and faith.
Wife, mother of four, and owner of Abundant Life Partner’s, Meghan is one busy woman! I wanted to sit down with her to learn her secrets to having such a positive attitude, energy and how she makes room for peace in her life.
Our home hasn't always looked as styled and decluttered as it does now. In fact, it used to be overflowing with stuff! Stuff that we loved mixed in with things that we no longer used or valued.
Whether your a stay-at-home mom or a business-owner operating from your home office, working at home is no easy feat! Its easy to get off track when you don't have a manager monitoring your work flow, so what do you do to stay focused?
Often times when we talk about decluttering we discuss "removing things", "shedding items", or "letting go" but there is so much more to it that than that! When we shed what is no longer serving us we are letting go in one sense but we are also making room for more - more time, energy, space, money…
It was during this time that I began to learn that organizing is more or less shifting items around in a space to: one, make the room more physically attractive; two, make room for more items and three, to properly categorize items. Decluttering on the other hand involves removing items out of a space that are no longer needed, loved, or valued.
We all feel this pressure, whether we are comparing ourselves with others or we are competing with an idealized version of ourselves. It is healthy to have goals and to use our gifts as long as you don’t let those desires distract you from the beauty of the present.
Rebeca Howe is one of those people who when you first meet, you immediately feel at home with. Her warm, bubbly personality lights up every room that she walks into; and her words of affirmation leave you feeling loved and valued.
There are so many single use items that we (myself included!) use on a regular basis without even thinking about it... plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, plastic utensils... the list could go on and on! Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all of the waste that we're causing and that is going on around us I would like to encourage you to take a deep breath and start where you are, doing what you can.
Summer is our favorite time of year for many reasons, one being the large selection of produce that is in season. The list goes on and on of brightly colored, flavorful fruits and vegetables that are wonderful alone or combined into a seasonal dish.
So what do you do when you partner isn't on board with decluttering? You've read up on all the decluttering tips and methods out there, you've seen the beautiful images of what simple living could look like and now you are ready to give it a try.
You see that moment in time I began to carry those words close to my heart. I didn't see myself beautiful. I looked at all the girls in my school and thought: God why did you create me this way?
A block is anything that is in your life that is rooted in fear and that is holding you up from experiencing true freedom and peace. While we may be aware that there is an issue that needs to be addressed, we often have a hard time identifying what that issue, or block really is.
A girlfriend and I were preparing lunch at my house a few months ago when she opened my fridge and gasped, "look at your fridge?! It's so beautiful and organized?!" Her reaction caught me off guard but at the same time I could see why she was impressed. Having our fridge arranged as we do not only looks beautiful but clearly saves: time, money, energy, and space.
Raise your hand if you too feel like your in the constant battle of, "do I buy organic or non-organic? Should I spend this much on this natural make-up product or use it towards x,y and z?" You've read all of the books and articles about the benefits of buying organic and/or natural products and yet you find yourself in this tug-of-war.
With the amount of visuals that we consume online and in magazines, we often experience the urge to mix up the look of our home. The entry way is the perfect space to do that! In this article, we're illustrating 3 ways in which you can change up the look of your entryway while maintaining your general sense of style and using pieces that you already own.
A quick glance at her home address and list of professions, most would be quick to see that Sheena Jeffers is seizing life. It was about a year ago that Sheena and her boyfriend Ryan sold their home and belongings, and moved onto their 43-foot catamaran boat which they appropriately named "Seas Life". Instead of being tied down, they are making room for peace in their lives... traveling and discovering more about themselves, the world, and their life purpose.
Spring has officially arrived and with it, a colorful, bountiful spread of fresh produce... Asparagus, chives, fennel, and watercress are just a handful of the produce and herbs available at your local farmers market and grocery store.
We have only this one sweet and wonderful life to live. Let us not waste it because because we forget who we are. Instead, let's try to remember who God is and what that says about us. And when He calls you or me to be still for a while, let us be unafraid to wait for Him —to watch Him paint the sky.
Most of y'all know by now that I love shopping second hand. Consignment stores, thrift shops, antique stores... You'd be amazed at what you can find. Whether your looking for furniture, home decor, clothing, books, or appliances - these places have it all and more; gently used and at great prices. Not only that, but as these pieces are "gently used" your automatically taking your style and sustainability game up a level.
Even though God graciously healed me from the anxiety and depression that I used to suffer from, I still go through occasional bouts of each (lasting anywhere from 3 - 10 days). These bouts can be triggered by a variety of things but more often than not stem from: a hormonal imbalance and negative thoughts. I talk a lot about "peace" around here and I want you to know that you can still have it even while occasionally struggling with these issues.