Amidst our busy daily routines of work, eating, socialising and home-time we like to allow ourselves a little time to read; usually books but occasionally online articles and blogs. One of our favourite places on the internet is Practicing Simplicity: Jodi's journey into a simple, natural and beautiful existence. Her articles are always thoughtfully constructed with words of comfort and wisdom, and perfectly balanced with her own photography. We have asked her a few questions to discover why she does what she does, and how she keeps calm over the often hectic Christmas period.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is my work but it's also the best way for me to express myself. I suppose I could say that it comes very easily to me; threading words together is part of my everyday.
What gets you up in the morning?
My children! I'm currently pregnant with my third and if I've had a particularly restless sleep I'll get up before everyone else and go for a quick swim to wake myself up. On school mornings it's the usual shower - dressed - breakfast - pack lunches routine and I must admit, I'm very looking forward to a six week break from that.
What piece of advice has been most useful in your life?
"Inhale: let, exhale: go" - I'm a perfectionist and I definitely err on the nervous/anxious side so the ability to be mindful of my breath and my mindset ensures I can maintain some level of calm in my day. If I feel myself tensing up I stop for a few moments and mentally repeat "let" as I inhale (through the nose) and "go" as I exhale (out of the mouth).
How do you relax and wind down after a busy day?
I'm a firm believer in creating a bedtime for yourself, especially if you're prone to working late and find it hard to relax. I wrote a post about it here
- and I try my very best to do some or all of those things every night. However, we don't have a bath in our new house so I've taken to long showers (by candlelight) or I'll fill a bucket with cool water and epsom bath salts and dunk my feet in for fifteen minutes (when you're pregnant in summer your feet get very sore!).
Do you have any tips for a calm Christmas and holiday period?
I just keep reminding myself about what's really important at this time of year. It's so easy to get swept up in the chaos and commercialism when really, we don't need any more stuff and getting stressed is absolutely pointless. I'm a big advocate for simplicity and living with less so when it comes to buying gifts I do so with much thought and consideration. "Beautiful, practical and useful" has been my mantra this year and I'm pleased to say that I've finished my shopping and purchased with awareness. We don't have many obligations over the Christmas period so we'll be spending most of our time at home (and at the beach).
All photos by Jodi Wilson