style / mindset / simplicity
style / mindset / simplicity
How are you feeling these days?
My hope is that you're weathering the 2020 storm with grace and ease. If not, try to remember that like all things, this is temporary. Take another deep breath and then do what you can to create a sense of calm amidst the chaos.
What can you do in the final stretch of the most bizarre year ever to finish on a high note?
We’ve pivoted until we’re dizzy and we still aren’t sure we’re heading in the right direction. (And if you’re like me, you’re kinda over the word ‘pivot’!)
At a time when anything I could offer feels at best trite and unnecessary, and at worst, tone-deaf, I've been pretty quiet. Yet, I know that I function best when I have a place to focus my attention and my energy.
Today, that meant writing. I decided to share my thoughts on what to do now… with the hopes that you'll take away even a single nugget that helps, inspires or soothes you. The original list felt too long, so I'll be tossing out a few ideas at a time over the next few weeks.
These humble musings are based solely on what’s been working for me as I continue to navigate all the things*. I’ve realized after almost seven months of basically staying at home, I feel less overwhelmed when I concentrate on the things I can actually control.
As a style + simplicity coach, this survival tactic is near and dear to my heart. It applies to physical stuff and to any area of your life that feels complicated and overwhelming.
Maybe you decluttered full-force back in April only to find that extra stuff has found its way back into your home. Or you avoided the initial pandemic purge and are just now feeling the itch to toss the excess. Whatever ‘simplify’ means for you... DO IT. It's easier to feel calm and balanced when there's less stuff cluttering your space.
Straighten up the linen closet or organize your sock drawer. Make mealtime easier with recipes you know by heart. Streamline the bedtime routines. When all else feels unsettled, there’s comfort in simplifying.
Six months without much in-person human contact is a long stretch. We're all feeling the isolation. Do whatever you can to combat loneliness. You burned out on Zoom calls early on? I get it. Consider slowly reentering the world of online chats, especially as the days get shorter and you’re really missing your people. Check on friends who live alone or in less than ideal family situations. Find a pen pal, you know... a friend who's willing to exchange old-fashioned, snail mail letters. Join a virtual group or take an online class. (Connect with me at NINE Online;-)
This needs no explanation. Your voice matters. Period.
(If you're not in the United States, we're three weeks out from an incredibly important presidential election.)
That's what I've got for now, more thoughts later. I hope you and your family are healthy and well. What's helping you stay grounded and focused in 2020?
Oh, and I almost forgot...
I'm speaking at a really cool online event this month! My good friend (and serious wellness badass) Krista Moreland of KmoreMacro is hosting a FREE Summit for womxn.
Check it out + get your free ticket right here... The Empowered Mama Summit.
Here's a BIG virtual hug. As always, thank you for sharing this space with me.
Are we friends on Instagram yet? > @kristencainstyle
*All the things: the unparalleled tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic - human suffering, deaths, unemployment, shuttered businesses, entire industries that may never recover, the atrocities of racism, racial injustice, facing and changing centuries of white privilege, political unrest, the upcoming election, missing friends, family and physical touch, our youth missing an entire year of structured learning, our planet burning, flooding, crying out for help, misogyny, patriarchy, blatant cruelty towards our fellow humans, and so much more…