Category: Simple Living

Travelling to new adventures…

Friends

finally my vacation is here, actually when this post goes live I should have just landed.

Three weeks in Japan and I’m beyond excited.

This means there will be more silence on the blog, because that’s what simplifying is too: spending time offline.

If you are part of the A Hearty Matter Community, I have some goodies prepared for you, so look forward to those. If you want to receive the goodies too, just become a part of our community here.

Are you ready for some wanderlust? Then head over to Instagram, because I’ll share parts of my trip there and on Instagram Stories.

Take care and read you soon!

Cha-cha-cha-cha-changes

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When I started my little blogging-vacation, I didn’t have a redesign in my head. All I wanted was to think a little about how a hearty matter had evolved and where it might be going in the upcoming months. I had started a hearty matter on my maternity leave as a creative outlet to my overflowing mind and as a way to connect with all the amazing women and moms out there.

Then, when being a mom still felt new and a little foreign, I started sharing what worked for us (like baby-led weaning). I also shared more personal feelings about becoming a mom and adjusting to this new life. When I started working again, I shared how I coped with all my responsibilities. Sharing my first year of motherhood has been important to me and it has allowed me to meet so many great women. By now my son matured into a toddler, and I have matured as a mom. Being a mom is truly me now – it’s no longer something I need to wrap my head around. While I continue to connect with other moms, through their blogs, our instagrams, and in real life on topics of motherhood, I no longer feel the same need to write about my own journey as a mom.

Simplifying my life

One important change that took place in parallel to my first year of motherhood was that I started to simplify. I had always enjoyed clean and calm spaces, I had always felt overwhelmed by clutter, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I started piecing everything together and started working towards a more intentional and simple life myself.

The original motivation behind simplifying clearly was that I was overwhelmed and I wanted to gain back control. I am sure that part of feeling overwhelmed was due to my raging hormones after giving birth. But I also know that after I decluttered my clothes, our books, our papers, and our kitchen, I felt great about our belongings again. I simply haven’t looked back – in fact, I don’t even remember most of the things we gave away – so clearly we didn’t need them.

Now, striving towards a simple life is my way to feel at ease with all that is going on in my life.

I work full-time, I love writing for a hearty matter, I love going on runs, I love to cook healthy meals, I love spending time with my husband and our son. Simplifying my life and my belongings has become my approach to make the crazy manageable. There are many things in life that are important to me, but also many things I have let go.

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One important aspect of simple living has been simplifying my closet

 I have been interested in fashion for a long time. In fact, I spent a large part of my 20s devouring Vogue. But fashion no longer means to me wearing the latest trends or obsessing over the latest bag. I cannot remember the last time I bought Vogue. I don’t know the hottest fashion bloggers. I don’t know which bag is the “right” one to wear right now, and I don’t even know the biggest trends right now. When it comes to fashion, my focus is now on style, on my personal style.

Creating a style that you love is a process. Click through and learn about the lessons I learned on my style journey. | aheartymatter.com

 

I am looking forward to taking you along on this journey of simplifiying and I want to encourage you to start moving towards a more intentional life and a smaller closet yourself.

I hope you’ll continue to follow along!

 

 

Kate

Kate is a capsule wardrobe and uniform dressing enthusiast who encourages busy women to embrace a smaller wardrobe and a more intentional lifestyle.
Kate continues to work on simplifying her life – freeing up time and energy on those things in life that are most important to her.

How about unplugging?

Take the time to read a book. To drink your coffee in quiet - without looking at a screen. Unplugging can be such a powerful boost for your life. | aheartymatter.com

Hello?

Are you there?

Wow. This has been the longest break from blogging ever since I started.

But I am very thankful that I took the “opportunity” that my full work schedule posed and decided to take a step back from the blog and – somewhat – from social media during the last almost two weeks.

Busy work week. Suit up and deal with it... | aheartymatter.com

Although, if I’m honest, that was never my intention. I never had the intention to truly unplug. But one day I stepped back from social media because I wanted to reduce the amount of distractions because I had to power through my work day. I closed all apps, put my phone away, and forced myself to not open instagram again until the end of the day. Then, the next day was a birthday and family time took over, then we went on a hike, and I had completely forgotten about social media or the blog. The next thing I know, it’s four days later and I still haven’t posted anything.

 Mountains allow you to unplug. Inhale. Exhale. Be. | aheartymatter.com

While I absolutely enjoy social media – really, I love, love, love that through my instagram I am connected with people in Australia, Japan, South-East Asia, Europe, and the Americas – it makes it even harder to unplug. Your feed never sleeps. But I do. I need to – in fact, those days of unplugging showed me that I probably need to sleep much more.

Time is our true wealth

Seriously, I’d be willing to spend a considerable amount of money just so I had 25 hours in my day.

Unfortunately, that’s not a possibility. So what we are left with is are two options: to manage our time better and to reduce the number of “obligations” – in quotes, because when we’re honest we very well know that many of our “obligations” are self-imposed expectations, not true obligations.

Unplugging is one way to remove one set of “obligations” from your day

It has been nice to just be and to allow my inner voice, that true inner voice, to get the attention it deserves. It has been nice to just be in the moment.

I would love to say that the time I spent unplugging left me energized. But this work week has been far too stressful to leave me feeling energized.

What it did leave me with, however, is a renewed sense of priorities. An understanding that the little time I have at my disposal everyday should be focused on those people and activities that are most important to me.

Unplugging allows us to remove one set of obligations from our daily to-dos. Sharpen your focus! | aheartymatter.com

How about you? Have you taken the time to unplug lately?

Do you have a routine that limits your time on social media?

 

Kate

Kate is a capsule wardrobe and uniform dressing enthusiast who encourages busy women to embrace a smaller wardrobe and a more intentional lifestyle.
Kate continues to work on simplifying her life – freeing up time and energy on those things in life that are most important to her.