lifestyle

8 Ways to Live the Simple Life

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  1. Go somewhere and don’t tell anyone. Ever. We live in a society where we take pictures of our food, every experience we have and post it instantly online. I’m guilty! But when was the last time you experienced something truly for and by yourself? Put the phone in your glove compartment, drive somewhere adventurous, get curious and explore. And don’t tell the world about it. I want to live my life; not record it.” Jackie Onassis
  2. Limit tv. Read, play with your children/nieces/nephews, paint, make an elaborate meal, learn, explore. Find something else to do besides the tv.
  3. Speaking of reading. Hide your kindle and get the real deal paper and ink. Let the pages fold, rip and crease, grab a pen and make notes in the blank spaces, let it live and let it be raw. That is what reading is all about.
  4. Respect boredom. Everyone is always so dang busy and declares it like it’s a badge of honor. Busy is a trap. Busy is not honorable. Busy means you lack knowing what is and is not important. Clear your calendar for a day and do nothing. Get bored. Get really, bored. And see what comes up. I bet, almost without a doubt, it will spark creativity and inspiration like you’ve never experienced before.
  5. Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is so 2015. If you’re working on something, turn everything else off and just do that one thing for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
  6. Stop buying plastic. Fo’ real. And if you walk by trash outside, pick it up. Be kind to the world.
  7. Look up at the stars as often as you can. It will put everything right into perspective.
  8. In all ways possible, choose outdoors.
lifestyle, Week in Review

since we last spoke

I haven’t written since September. So let’s catch up on two important things:
1.) I chopped off all my hair

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2.) I had lunch at Laudree in NYC and ate the most delicious macarons ever made

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Sometimes you need just need to eat amazing desserts and get a fresh cut to feel rejuvenated.
I’m trying to get clear and focused on what I want to write about in 2016 and I would love to hear from you! What do you want to see, learn, read, listen, watch?  What are some of your biggest pain points in life that you would love to know more about?

Comment below and send them to moi!

Now, what’s been new with you?

xo

B
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bonjour beautiful, lifestyle

bonjour beautiful: slowly savor

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I recently witnessed an around 10 year old boy eating a piece of cheesecake with such relish and pure delight, I couldn’t stop staring.

Every single tiny bite he took his face would be filled with awe and amazement over how wonderful the cheesecake was. He ate it slowly and deliberately like he was drinking a glass of fine wine or driving a luxury one of a kind car. He was savoring slowly. 

If you have kids or have ever been around kids, that is a hard thing for a 10 year old boy to do!  But there he was, slowly eating this delicious piece of cheesecake.

It reminded me of times when I loved something so much I never wanted it to end.  A great book, a weekend at the beach, an evening surrounded with your favorite people.  It reminded me of how many times I rushed through something good because I was too busy to slow down. All the times I didn’t stop and enjoy something because too much was going on around me.

And even though this little boy was in a loud, crowded restaurant, he was in his own little world eating that cheesecake.

This week’s focus will be on savoring slowly.  Not just food, but really everything we do throughout the day.  Finding the delight in everything and fully being completely in the present moment no matter what is going on around you.

Find your inner 10-year-old-eating-cheesecake.

Happy Savoring,

Brittany