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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Embracing Joyful Simplicities.

"As we become curators of our own contentment on the Simple Abundance path, one of the great payoffs is that we start to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities. Little things begin to mean a lot to us. Joyful simplicities nourish body and soul by engaging our senses. They teach us how to live in the present moment. Life comes together when we seek out the Sublime in the ordinary".
Sarah Ban Breathnach

So many of you are already familiar with Simple Abundance, but some are not. This book by Sarah Ban Breathnach is such a powerful spiritual tool that I encourage you to read it, if you haven't yet.
Inspired by it, I want to start another series of inspirational posts here on my blog... let's bring contentment to our lives by embracing joyful simplicities all year round!
Today, I share with you something that makes me happy- stop for a while (even in the middle of hundreds of "must-dos"), curl up on the sofa with one of my journals (this gorgeous one made especially for me by my dear friend Louise, which adds to the happiness and comfort), a hot cuppa and woolen wrist warmers, enjoying the ray of sunshine that's kissing my face through the window panes...
What about you? What makes you happy in this very moment?
Monica x

Friday, January 27, 2012

In Somerset Life.

I finally received my copy of Somerset Life, where my work is published once again. Thanks from the heart to all the kind ladies that made this possible and worked hard to give us all such a wonderful issue of the magazine!

I have been asked to share with their readers my vintage portable studio. ... I was delighted!



I've been a fan of newspaper as free supply for gift- wrapping for a long time... here is my article about that with some ideas for you.



And much to my surprise, I found these map- wrapped gifts I had sent to the Editor-in-Chief to say thank you are featured too! :)) I told you vintage maps are my latest obsession... ;) Maybe will show close ups of these in another post someday, should you fancy to borrow the idea.

Finally, I also contributed to the Miscellany section with two of my shots. Sorry the vintage camera belonged to my Grandfather is on another page- I'm happy to have my family heirloom among things that inspire.

Treat yourself to this issue if you haven't yet. My talented friends Abby and Michelle are in too, with fabulous creations!
Have a terrific weekend- the weather is forecasted to get worse over here... we have had beautiful sunshine for many weeks now and haven't had proper cold as of yet. Hope this disturbance doesn't bring snow! :(
Monica x

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Word for 2012 is...



... BLOOM!
vb (mainly intr)
1. (of flowers) to open; come into flower
2. to bear flowers; blossom
3. to flourish or grow
4. to be in a healthy, glowing, or flourishing condition

It was only a few years ago that I started to choose a word to be the tune for the upcoming year. A single word to symbolize how I'd want my year to feel and look like, a word to work on, instead of resolutions that tend to be easily forgotten along the way. Chosing a single word help me focus and direct my energies. As usual, it happens I have a single one recurrently coming to mind when I start to think of a new year ahead, without considering too much... The one I'm supposed to choose just holds on, when I try to explore new entries... It seems it's the word that's "choosing me"! Probably we unconsciously know what we'd love the new year to bring in to our lives. So I sincerely send that word out there in the Universe for it to align its energy around that idea...
In 2009 'Simplify' chose me. In 2010 I really needed to 'Relax'. 2011 was cadenced by the word 'Expand'. Now on to 2012. Opening up to new things and new possibilities, flourishing, staying in a healthy condition, expressing in my life the qualities I see in flowers: grace, simplicity, beauty, inspiration... this is how I'd love to live the year ahead. May I, dear Universe?
And you? Do you make New Year's resolutions or choose a word?
Monica x