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This spring, I tried to slow down. I got into my new house and got it mostly settled. I’ve been trying to let the natural rhythms of life slow me down. So I enjoyed this spring and taking a few things I’ve learned and let it carry me into the summer and fall.

Double Rainbow Nolensville, TN
An actual double rainbow picture that I took with my iPhone from my backyard this spring.

1 Enjoy being outside while you can. Summer is here, and it’s always hotter than I think. Sit out on the porch and enjoy the breeze. Not to mention, you never know when you would have missed a double rainbow if you had been inside watch tv.

2 Take a break from working. 2020 was a challenging year, but I was still living like it was 2020. Taking my first days off helped me realize how much I need space to breathe and just be. It helps me to feel human and to take a deep breath. Never leave your vacation days unused – even if you stay home and sleep in.

3 Slow down enough to meditate. Practicing mediation several nights a week has helped calm down all the noise, allowing me to take a break.

I’ve been using the Balance App to help me. They are giving away a free year right now – balanceapp.com.

Brilliant things happen in calm minds. Be calm. You’re brilliant.

Headspace

Flowers from my garden

4 Plant some flowers. I recently moved to a new house and actually have room for a small garden. I planted flowers and while digging in the dirt is its own form of therapy, also getting sunshine is a bonus. I spent too much time indoors in 2020, so getting out and getting sun and fresh air has helped renew my sense of self.

5 It’s okay not to have it all together. When I moved into my new and larger house, the minimalist in me was having a hard time figure out how to decorate this house with the few items I had. I did not want to spend a lot of money or go into debt, but I had this lovely big house to decorate. I found sitting in the space and being okay with the fact that it’s not perfectly decorated is okay. It gave me peace about not decorating. If I am comfortable, then what do I care if people think my house looks good. It’s not their house, and to be honest, I don’t have many guests over anyway.

It’s better to have extra time on your hands and extra money in your pocket than extra stuff in your closet. 

Joshua Becker

Are there lessons that you have learned through a season or through the years that you would like to share? I would love to hear them.

Reba Baskett

Reba Baskett

Nashville-based creative that is focused on living a minimal lifestyle.

2 Comments

  • Enjoy the night sky! I love to sit outside at night and just look at the sky. We cut a tree down last fall and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed seeing so much of the sky now at night! Yes we lost our deck shade during the hot part of the day, but we gained so much more! We no longer worry about the tree crashing through our roof during a storm, but more than that is our new open view of the sky!

    • Yes! Since I’m a bit further out I can see more of the stars from the backyard. It’s great. I’m Sure not having to worry about a tree hitting your house is a nice bonus!

      One of my favorite songs for years goes like this:

      I go outside and praise the God
      Who mapped the stars out in the sky
      And gather ’round with those who love and sing

      https://youtu.be/dtO0naaC–U

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