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Donna Stewart
Exploring personal development and living a healthy lifestyle through weight loss and maintenance. Join the journey!
The Minimalist Babe by Lola R. MarieThe Minimalist Babe: Tidying-Up Your Whole Life Lola R. Marie Publication date: September 7th 2019 Genres: Adult, Self-help Lola is every bit the minimalist babe – she lives simply, is intelligent and sassy, emotional and strong, calm and composed. Realizing that less is more, she traded in material possessions to focus on what was truly important to her. Lola’s inspiring guide delivers real-world advice on how to consume less, clear out clutter, find authenticity, and live a life based on freedom. It is a sincere attempt to help those who want to end their obsession with stuff. Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” this book teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health, and great relationships. The Minimalist Babe is for anyone who desires a more intentional life. Drawing from real-life experiences, it is filled with stories that will teach you step-by-step how to be: Authentic, self-assured, calm and composed, mindful, minimal and self-sufficient, financially stable, purposeful, free, healthy and happy. Goodreads / Amazon — Why am I writing this? I’m not one to preach. In fact, I find the act of trying to convince someone of a different lifestyle quite unnatural. Everyone has their own path in life and their own timing. I understand the principles of minimalism may not be for everyone. You may now be wondering why then have I taken the time to write this book? The thing is that I believe everyone is a minimalist at heart; we were simple at birth, after all. I often hear others reminisce about the old days. How life was simple and vivid during childhood. Music was heavenly, the outdoors was our domain and ice cream was everything! There was an authentic nuance to life that now most of us only have access to through our memories; the bitter-sweet nostalgia. This book is about reviving that childlike glee. It’s about happiness and what it really takes to be happy. It’s about realizing that less is more, and about letting go of your possessions and the depressions that come with it. It’s about doing away with the unessential so we can concentrate on the things that are truly important to us. Finally, it’s about living in the present and being ready to accept the wonderful things waiting to reach you. Our need for more: One of society’s most grave and (until now) ignored illnesses. The Minimalist Babe is about saying goodbye to the extras in life from time to time, finding happiness in having less, and finding your inner badass through your newly acquired freedom. It is the culmination of all my research; a toolbox of sorts filled with tips, techniques, exercises, and prompts that have helped me be my most authentic self. When I’m not writing, I spend my time nurturing relationships and learning new skills. I focus on being healthy and purposeful and it’s working like magic. I am in the happiest phase of my life and want the same for each one of you. This book is an attempt to manifest that vision. Let us cut out the bitter side of nostalgia and bite into the sweetness of life that is now Love, Lola Author Bio: Hi All! I love to write, bathe in sunrays and ponder the mysteries of life. Follow me as I write my way to a better live. OXOX Lola Website GIVEAWAY! a Rafflecopter giveaway XBTBanner1
Life Is Simple–RepostSorry it's been a busy weekend, so I'm reposting again. Monday, July 20, 2015 Life is Simple “This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. If you don't like your job, quit.If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV.If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.Stop over-analyzing, life is simple.All emotions are beautiful.When you eat, appreciate every last bite.Life is simple.Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.Some opportunities only come once, seize them.Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.” ― Holstee Manifesto, The Wedding Day I suspect and I've heard that life is simple. People, on the other hand, are complicated, or are they? Maybe everything is really simple. Maybe I need to stop waiting for my real life to start. I think this might be it. I've had almost forty years of it and it's been real I suppose. I mean I know I've been alive for forty years but how much of that time was I paying attention? I don't know, I'm not paying attention... I'm not kidding I just spaced out. I just saw this thing on Oprah about how multitasking is like anti-spiritual, bad for the brain and the soul. I can barely do one task at a time. But I've seen people juggle so many things at once with brilliance, and some people have to. It may be a luxury to not have to multitask. I mean the news is on, I'm at my friend's house, she's making eggplant parmesan, I'm sitting on my computer. Is that too many things at once? How many and what is too many? Photo by Wei Ding on Unsplash When exactly did we become these machines that have to be stimulated by several things all at once in order to be awake? I can smell the food, hear the T.V. and see this screen. Sometimes I want to shut the noise off, shut off the T.V., let the battery die on my phone, unhook my computer and talk to someone. I mean really talk to someone. I put my ringer on silent today and my friend ended up calling me twice then calling our landline. It's like there is no escaping it. I was having a serious conversation with my mom and my phone kept beeping so I put it on silent. Remember when people couldn't get a hold of you for weeks or months at a time? Remember when you had a life that didn't revolve around the very gadgets with which you are reading this with? Remember pens, pencils, paper, and handwritten notes passed during class? Remember holding the newspaper in your hands and feeling the crumbly crap it was made out of? Was that even paper? Did we live more when we had only five channels and no remote? I don't know, I'm not sure. (By the way where's the remote?) Something is wrong though, I think we are not living the way that would be the best for our spirits. What is a spirit you ask? That's another conversation, but there is a part of me that is not agreeing with the pace at which life moves these days. I don't mean to sound like a bitter old woman, but maybe that is exactly what I am. I'm bitter that my friend is not talking to me right now, she is reading, funny enough, a magazine in paper form. CNN is on T.V., I'm writing on a Mac. We are content not speaking much unless we have a comment to make about something. She handed me a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon. I said thank you. When did life become so banal? Photo by Demetrius Washington on Unsplash I tried to start a conversation just now, asking her what she is reading. She told me and then we stopped talking. I want to shut off the T.V., rip away her paper, and make her speak to me. But what would I say? Am I more interesting than a girl whose seizers were cured by medical marijuana? I'm not an entertainment factory or anything like that, but I've been known to tell a joke or two. Sometimes I even have an insight to share. I'm so confused as to what CNN is talking about, something about China. My friend is taking out the trash. Why is everything so confusing when it's supposed to be so simple? What do I want out of this moment? I don't want to be annoyed. Did you know that Gloria Vanderbilt is Anderson Cooper's mother? My friend said so, and I sounded amused. I'm not. Now she's got her Android tablet out, so I know not to disturb her. There is a story about Euthanasia on CNN. I don't want to have some crazy debate about the right to end your life. I want my life to start. But it has, hasn't it? When I was busy preparing: shaving my legs, putting on deodorant. How do we live when all we have is this life? We go on, through the boring moments, through the lonely moments. The moments we are with someone and they make us feel more lonely than when we were alone. There are beautiful moments, trust me, I know. Yet somehow sometimes they are more difficult to remember. I do love life. I don't always love my life, but every moment cannot be a winning one. We are simple, we want love. Yet we are so complicated in the ways in which we seek it. Life is so short, yet so long in some moments. Life is beautiful and ugly and weird. Mostly it's weird. Mostly I don't get it. But I will, one day. nina