THE MAGIC OF A MINIMALIST LIVING SPACE

THE MAGIC OF A MINIMALIST LIVING SPACE

Reading Time: 5 minutes

 

We have recently spoken about a major Detox, whether it be in your diet, alcohol intake or Digital activities, so now we have the most challenging, especially if you or your partner like to hang onto things that are well past their sell by date.

My parents were prime examples, so much so that some of their keepsakes actually came back into fashion after a few years.  It was actually my Dad who had the addiction to clutter, but was cleverly overcome by my Mum who packed the ‘rubbish’ into storage and put it in their very ample loft space in tidy boxes.

Nowadays, we are much better at throwing out unwanted belongings, especially furniture, ornaments and clothes – as they are easier to recycle or sell online or give to charity.

I recently had a major declutter, and feel a lot better for it, helped tremendously by a revolutionary book I’d heard about by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organising consultant, which began from friends comments on how she had transformed their lives.

The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which has sold millions of copies across the World.

Marie Kondo’s book is simple but instructive, and if you take it seriously, is revolutionary about how your approach clutter.

Her first instruction is to identify and put your hands on everything you own, asking yourself if it makes you feel good, and if it doesn’t, thank it personally and then dispose of it.

Secondly, once only your most joy-giving belongings remain, put every item in a place where they are visible, accessible, and easy to grab and then put back. Only then, she says, will you have accomplished your housekeeping happiness, and cleaning will be easier and more satisfying.

You may find this idea challenging at first, as a working mother or if you have lived in a house for a long time with a lot of precious memories embedded in ‘things’ around the house.  But according to an array of home owners and occupiers, who have followed the advice of Marie Konde, it is life changing and can become a blissful remedy to depression, anxiety and even lead to releasing endorphins that you didn’t know existed.

It may not surprise you if you have been following any of my articles in the past that I have tried this myself, and it began with my overly laden wardrobe of unwanted clothes, especially tops and jumpers.

It was hard at first to get rid of ‘favourites’ but I discovered I had several of the same type, and discovered I only wore one of each of them anyway.  So after eight black bags had been filled for the charity shop, I started to feel better and certainly more enlightened as Ms Kondo had suggested.

I am now starting on the home itself, and even if you really really don’t want to let go of old heir looms, then why not store them away in the loft to see how you feel with a clearer living space, which in feng shui speak, can only lead to a more productive clutter free future.

So for once I would advise ‘Do Try this at Home’.

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MINDFULNESS – REWRITE THE SCRIPT AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE

MINDFULNESS – REWRITE THE SCRIPT AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Reading Time: 6 minutes

 

Just imagine your life is a play, well Shakespeare said ‘All the World’s a Stage and all the Men and Women Merely Players’, and that is a fact.

We are all programmed by our childhood, or a chain of events that have shaped our behaviour or thinking.  Our expectations are based upon our own self-image, and these can be reflected in every aspect of our lives, from our relationships to our career choices.

Sometimes patterns of behaviour can be repeated, like constantly making the same misjudgements in the choice of a partner, or putting your trust in the wrong people.  You can then become a victim, and start to feel sorry for yourself, which becomes a downward spiral to depression.

Any of this familiar?  Well, it is not too late to change, and if you seriously want to rewrite your own life script, I assure you it is possible.

Without going into the details of my own life, I hit a stage where nothing seemed to work, whether it be my career, relationships or where I was living.  So after a few months of therapy with an amazing psycho-analyst called Andy White, with his help I did rewrite the script and am continuing to do so every day.

You may not have to take such drastic measures, but you can challenge just one area of your life and start with Mindfulness.  In simple terms, this means to meditate and be aware of your thought patterns and as soon as you are, and on a deeper level, things will start to change and miracles will begin to happen.

It may seem absurd, but it really is as easy as that.  As soon as you challenge repeated patterns or question your lack of self-belief, the power will be taken out of the demons that have ruled your life.  I am not saying they will vanish for ever, but they will certainly be put in their place and you will have the upper hand.

It is a lot to take in but I assure you it works, and I am going to give you a few easy exercises to get you started on the path to challenging your life patterns, and ultimately changing your life.

Are you ready?

Meditation

Sit in an upright position and breathe deeply.   If you are distracted by the sounds around you simply come back again to the next breath. It takes time so take it slowly and stage by stage, and don’t worry if your mind wanders at first.

 

  • Sit comfortably. Find a spot that gives you a stable, solid, comfortable seat.
  • Notice what your legs are doing. If on a cushion, cross your legs comfortably in front of you. If on a chair, rest the bottoms of your feet on the floor.
  • Make sure your back is as straight as possible – if you have back problems lean against a chair.
  • Let your arms rest. Put the palms of your hands on your legs wherever it feels most natural.
  • Close or rest your eyes. It’s not necessary to close your eyes completely, but better for concentration.
  • Feel your breath. Bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing: the air moving through your nose or mouth, the rising and falling of your chest.
  • Keep returning to your breath. Your attention will leave the breath at first and wander to other places. There’s no need to block or eliminate thinking. When you notice your mind wandering gently return your attention to the breath.
  • When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes or come back to full gaze. Listen and be aware of any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now, and feel your thoughts and emotions.

 

If you would like to learn more about meditation and mindfulness please contact us at Glotime.tv and we will send you helpful links and information.

Here are some books you may want to acquire to help get you started.  I am excited for you, sending you love and light and looking forward to hearing about your new transformation.

Jason Chan – Radiant Warrior

 

Henepola Gunaratana – Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

 

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THE BEAUTY OF STAR BRAS

THE BEAUTY OF STAR BRAS

Reading Time: 4 minutes

 

Why didn’t I think of this, and patent it!  For years I have been struggling with backless bras and strapless bras and then when ‘revealing the straps’ came in, I thought, problem solved.

Now of course we have the rather revolutionary backless and strapless bra, fully padded and with reliable adhesive to cling to your skin.  Like all brilliant ideas, it is simple but the answer to a maiden’s prayer, or should I say, that of a rather full on, middle aged, life juggling Mumpreneur like myself.  (A rather flattering rendition recently awarded!).

It really does go with everything, T-shirts and tops for the day, and evening wear of course, and creates the illusion of fabulous jugs, which we all aspire to.

https://www.jmldirect.com/health-and-beauty/clothing/star-bra-backless-strapless-stick-on-bra-with-cleavage-control/.

If you are more of a traditionalist then it is still good to be properly fitted, and many of the John Lewis stores still do a rather comforting and confidential bra fitting service.   They cater for maternity, post op and bog standard, and their prices are still ‘never knowingly undersold’. See John Lewis lingerie

A few years ago I was greeted by a rather lovely elderly assistant who had an immaculate appearance as she had been trained in the old fashioned way, and as she measured me reassured me that to ‘keep my man’ this was the way to go, adding the reason for divorces these days was that women had lost ‘that little secret’ of beautiful underwear.  I didn’t like to disillusion her having been recently separated, so agreed wholeheartedly.  But I did buy a stunning set of bra and panties, which set me back a hundred or so quid, but I still have and wear to this day.

In spite of their recently iffy PR, M & S still have some fantastic lines in lingerie, and you really can’t go wrong with their expertise in the underwear department, and their range is still good. Book a fitting online, and there is no pressure to buy, but you will probably find a bra you like as the choice and prices are good.

M&S Lingerie Sets

 

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THE SEXY HEADDRESS IS BACK – TRUE DEVOTION AND THE HEIGHT OF HAUTE COUTURE

THE SEXY HEADDRESS IS BACK – TRUE DEVOTION AND THE HEIGHT OF HAUTE COUTURE

Reading Time: 4 minutes

 

As a truly committed devotee of the heady days of Princess Diana, from her peter pan collars and see through skirts, to the ever plunging necklines of the temptress, I vowed never to go there again after the tragedy of 1997.

Now with the butterfly advent of Meghan Markle, I am feeling those all too familiar pangs of fascination, but vowed not to be swept along in the same way with her obvious flair for fashion.  After all she isn’t Princess Diana, and I am older now so don’t need a Royal  Fashion Icon to follow.

But here I am admiring her style – and particularly her head ware.  Yes, Meghan’s berets are becoming quite a fashion symbol in familiar circles of my peers – a sweeping statement you may think.  But the beret was and has been fashionable for several decades, and even centuries.

Le Beret was worn originally in the Béarnaise countryside of France – usually in black and red.  It has certainly become the staple fashion ‘look’ of  France along with gauloises and the Breton striped jumper.

Celebrities have historically played a role in making the beret popular. It became a fashionable accessory in Hollywood as far back as the 1930s after being worn casually askew by a number of famous movie actresses or ‘A’ listers as we would refer to them today.

From Lauren Bacall to Julia Roberts in more recent times, you can see why as this sexy but classy headdress is both flattering and highly haute couture.

Over the years too it has appeared in some High Street outlets, but not seriously featured, except perhaps as a passing ‘wink’ to more beret centric days in Fashion.

So it is no wonder our Meghan, and did you clock the word ‘our’ – yes already adopted and addicted – has made such an impact, because as well as marrying everybody’s favourite Prince, she also has the knack of carrying off an outfit and putting it on the map.  So with that in mind, I am throwing caution to the wind, getting back on the treadmill of Meghan mania, and am in search of some spectacular head gear – the beret is back and so am I.

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

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I recently heard on the radio a so called coffee expert and Barista exclaiming that the aroma of coffee is always so good that the taste never fails to disappoint.

As my friends will tell you I always rise to a challenge, and have been investigating this notion ever since, and think I have proved her wrong!

A long time buddy of mine bought me a Tassimo coffee maker for my birthday at the end of last year, which has totally revolutionised my life in that not only does it cut out the painful cleaning of my old coffee machine, but it makes incredible coffee too. Now you may think that this is an advertisement for the Tassimo, but I assure you it is not, I am just sharing my knowledge and excitement at this recent discovery!

tassimo

The coffee and creamer comes in separate capsules and you simply slot them into the top of the machine and away you go. The milk or creamer is delivered piping hot and steaming and frothy, just the way good coffee should be. Plus the taste really does not disappoint as with so many other makes of coffee, even in established coffee shops.

I am also going to invest in one for the office, as it will cut down on the crazy prices that have evolved since the birth of trendy coffee cafes such as Starbucks and Costa. Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy the occasional cup of coffee at the weekend when meeting up with girl friends in our local chic café, but for the everyday, will continue to enjoy the various types of coffee available for a Tassimo coffee machine.

So far I have tried COSTA cappuccino, COSTA macchiato, breakfast coffee and COSTA latte, and all of them are really good in their own way. Of course nothing beats going into a COSTA coffee shop with friends but now I can enjoy the great taste at home as well.

mug

There are also lots more on the market, and I won’t spoil it for you, go and explore the coffee counter in your local supermarket once you have invested in a Tassimo, and let us know which one you enjoy the best. I am betting you will find it really hard to decide.
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