I’ve thought about this for a while now, but, recently it’s been on my mind even more. It’s that we are all so into our technology, yet, at the same time we are embracing the past with such gusto. We are embracing everything from our vintage home decor interspersed with our modern styles, to pin-up girl looks, to re-useable bags at the grocery store, to our love of home style, back to the earth, eating clean diets! We are acting as if we just invented all of these things.
If you have a grandmother around or have been lucky enough to have one live with you, you will know that we are just all reminiscing and wishing the past was with us now.
I know I do! My mummo (or grandmother to you) was born at the turn of the century and I’m talking 1900. She lived a very simple life and she was the eldest in a home of 12 kids in Helsinki, Finland. She taught me so much. She taught me how to cook, to bake, to crochet, to knit, to sew, how to do cross stitch, to mend, to clean, and to enjoy the simple things in life. She grew up and lived in an era without so-called technology. Life was about work, looking after your family, and home keeping. She wasn’t wealthy, but, she lived a wealthy life. She was always impeccably dressed, meaning everything was always clean, ironed, and in excellent condition. Her home was always kept in order and was so welcoming with simple home cooking and baking scents to entice you.
What she had is what I am now striving for… and in this crazy pursuit I actually watch YouTuber’s explain to me about this way of life. They explain how to live a simple, but, fulfilling life. Do I really need this?
Sometimes I just have to shake my head and remember that I already learned everything I need to know about living a simple and healthy life from my mummo.
I certainly am not against anyone for making video’s or for watching them, because, I do watch them! For some reason we are all in this same quest for simplifying our lives. The more communication devices we have the more we seem to want to disconnect. I appreciate the people who are realizing this and putting this information out there, because, I for one needed a reminder!
I feel a bit crazed sometimes. On the one hand I’m reading and hearing about all the newest and greatest gadgets available right now and then I’m hearing the message… stop…. you don’t need anymore stuff… stop and enjoy what you have!
I think that’s why daily planners and journaling are making such a comeback and thank goodness for that. Wouldn’t it be awful if we all forgot how to handwrite? With all the apps and devices available to us, we now want to hold some nice paper, and to hold a nice pen, and to be able to write down our thoughts.
I for one still love my lists and I love to keep a notebook which shows my accomplishments. I love to cross items off as I complete them. It’s such a great feeling!!
Here is another YouTube personality that I enjoy watching. Her name is Jennifer L Scott and she is also an author of a couple of books Lessons from Madame Chic and At Home with Madame Chic. Her channel is all about simplifying your life. Very interesting.
I’m looking forward to getting my new planner that I’ve mentioned before, but, until then I’m continuing to use my trusty notebook for my lists. The other day I was so impressed with myself. I had fourteen things that I wanted to accomplish (a very ambitious task for me) and I crossed off ten of them! That was amazing! I would not have gotten around to half of the tasks if I hadn’t written them down. The day was all about getting my home in order and this is actually one of my goals for the year. I want to do all the things around my home that I’ve been putting off for years. I want my home to be comfortable and as complete as I can make it, so, that I’m comfortable with what I’ve done
My last item on the list for the day was to enjoy some candlelight and a cup of tea, so, I could fully appreciate all that I had done that day. As you can see I did just that
Do you find yourself wishing for simpler times without all this wonderful technology? Are you torn between vintage items and brand spanking new things sometimes?
Have a great rest of the week and I’ll talk to you soon.