I have two inclinations, two passions, maybe even needs that have been at conflict with each other.
My first, chronologically, has been for structured and simplified design. Since I can remember, I've always been a very visually impacted person. My brain focuses on visual elements and tends to remember things that are seen. In school, if I truly wanted to learn something, I needed to sit in the front row of a classroom. This was not because I thought I deserved the best seat or because I needed to hear better. It was so that I would not hear or see the rest of the room. If I didn't sit up front, I would most likely retain zero information.
Even still today my husband will tell you, I need to sit in the front of a crowd if I don't want to be distracted by my surroundings. The moulding(hopefully not the molding) of a building, someone's beautiful Oxford shoes, or the tiny, curly, ponytail drooping from the otherwise balding head of the man in front of me will send my mind down a complete rabbit hole.
Maybe it's because my mind is a disorganized mess of so many things, but I need a simplified and structured visual environment in order to process, produce, and relax. If our apartment is super messy or filled with things that I find visually busy, it can be hard for me to get inspired to do anything. I start to feel depressed.
The second passion has been more recently developed and instilled in me; It is the need to take care of the earth. I've always cared about people and animals, but never considered how my daily actions effect the earth, which is our home. Educating myself and researching has helped me see that there is a lot more I could be doing to make the world a better place to live in. I am starting to think about how I can use less of the earth's resources, reduce the amount of waste I create and live more simply and more fully.
The trouble that I've been finding is that many of the people providing earth conscious solutions to daily decisions, have completely different aesthetic preferences than me. The essentials that I do want to have, that are also eco-friendly, usually have super busy or unstructured designs. Too many greens, leaves, trees, fonts, flowers and everything really. It's just too much going on for my already overloaded brain and I don't want it surrounding me.
So, I've started on the quest for simple, structured, well-designed solutions to living an intentional, thoughtful, earth-friendly life. I know there is someone else out who wants to live a beautiful, simple life in a way that takes care of the earth and everything in it. This blog is for you. We can share our ideas, discoveries, challenges and triumphs here. It will not always be the easiest, but I believe that what we gain will be greater than what we give up.
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Credits: Image by Evajuliet