I’m off to Europe in a few months, and trying to squirrel away all my shiny coins in the meantime by cutting out as many expenses as I can. What I’m finding is that I can let go of lots of my lovely lifestyle indulgences, without losing the touch of joy they add! Here’s a few of the things I’m loving, from near and from afar:
Things I haven’t bought (despite temptation):
How to Be a Wildflowerby Katie Daisy: @katiedaisyartist is one of my favourite accounts on Instagram, and I’m lucky to own a couple of stationery items with her illustrations on them! This book is delightfully full of her gorgeous illustrations and musings on nature. If I saw it in the library I would bags it in a heartbeat, but for now I’m resisting ordering it until there’s a special occasion.
Lilla Rogers’ Drawing Faces online course: this is something I know I could improve on and seems like the perfect excuse to get involved in Lilla’s illustration workshops (for those who don’t know, Lilla is an illustration maven and her courses are supposed to be fabulous.) But clocking in around $100 AUD, this is another thing I’ll be saving up for a special occasion (or perhaps as a birthday present hint!)
this lino print by the diggingest girl: I love it. I love it, I love it. I know exactly where on my wall I would hang it. But $50 says no.
honestly, everything flow magazine does is a treat. Of course I want this delightful book about creative mindfulness, complete with Flow’s trademark paper pull-outs and hidden little gifts. (I tried to “add to Wishlist” it just now and got the reminder: “Item already in Wishlist.” That’s how much.) While I’m at it, I’ll take a couple of back issues of their Treasure-trove PaperLovers‘ Books, thanks. But I have so many copies of the magazine already, along with several of their specials and of course access to the blog on their website. This is something I can do without. (For now.)
Things I’m delving into instead:
Instagram: such a beautiful way to pump up your heart full of inspiration! I’m loving the stories for the insight into the humble daily habits of lovely artists! And this post from dick vincent recently was an absolute favourite.
Yoga with Adriene: I am probably coming to this late in the day because Adriene is the top yoga instructor on YouTube, but gosh, her work is so good. Her 25-minute videos are short enough to squeeze into the morning and so popping full of good moves and Adriene’s good cheer that by the time I’m done, I can feel the endorphins rushing around my body. Adriene is fast becoming one of my biggest role models! Try my favourite of her recent videos here.
Speaking of role models: we have to talk about Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot. Not technically free, but since I’m already paying for Netflix, I figure it’s as good as. Although the original show’s concept has always been a little stereotypical and problematic, the new version uses the frame of the makeover as pretty much an excuse to show us open conversations about homophobia, toxic masculinity and self care. These are conversations we need to be thinking about. This is a level of honesty and willingness to reconcile that today’s world needs to aspire to. And yet the team make sure we have fun while we’re doing it!
What are you loving lately?