Spirituality

When life gets tough, we start to look at the way we live a little more closely.  The things that really bother us become clearer and much, much louder.

Healthier eating, more exercise, more time in nature, taking up meditation, or seeking comfort and improvement in spirituality or religion  are things we may turn to.

Though we may also turn to cheesecake.

It’s slowly becoming more clear how off-track I’ve gotten in life.  Simplicity and minimalism has disappeared under piles of junk, there have never been more receipts in the trash, junk food is the new normal, and negative thoughts have been hanging heavy in the mind.

Less than ideal, but we can always move forward.

Whatever pains we’re working through and however far we’ve fallen off our ideal path, let’s work to start moving forward again.

Let’s find the inspiration we need, treat ourselves well and with kindness, and start finding our way back on track.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Photograph of candlelight

DIY Himalayan salt candle using a votive holder, glass teacup, and course Himalayan salt

Tranquil

Tranquility can seem immensely difficult to find and enjoy, but we should remember it’s actually quite simple.

Step outside. Get some fresh air. Enjoy a cup of tea. Watch the clouds.

If only for a moment.

But let’s remember to be present and really enjoy it.  Let’s engage all our senses, center ourselves, and feel gratitude for the moment.

No matter how busy life seems to get, let’s take a deep breath, soak up the present, and make tranquil moments for ourselves to recharge.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dragon Valley | Ute Valley Park

Spring Seeds

Rogue | Thrifted Style

Thrift shops are always fun to look through, whether we’re looking for everyday wear or something to work as part of a costume.

Pairing pieces together, whether for fashion or for a costume, is going to take some practice.  So far, going for pieces that are more general or timeless has been a good rule of thumb for keeping the collection to a reasonable size.

Though sometimes a knotted top just catches your heart.

Let’s keep our eyes open for what inspires us, either for our everyday style or a future photoshoot.  And let’s always keep second-hand shops and reuse in mind!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Self portrait photography of an elven maiden character in the studio.

Lace-Up Dress

Happiness is in the Simple Things

Happiness can be a struggle sometimes, but there are simple ways to foster that warm fuzzy feeling.

  • Cook and enjoy some healthy food.
  • Start a garden or a pot some plants inside.
  • Look up at the sky.
  • Do some housework.  Doing laundry/dishes/repairwork can not only open up and improve our space, but can give us a small sense of accomplishment.
  • Go on the walk or hike.  Whether you jaunt around the neighborhood or spend the day in the mountains, time outside under the sky definitely does one good.
  • Create something!  Draw, paint, make some jewelry, or anything that lets you create something that didn’t exist before.
  • Hope or plan for the future.  Even if you can’t afford it yet, let yourself daydream about your dream home or your travel goals.
  • Share with others.  Spread joy with others, and their smile will be reflected in your own.

Ways to foster happiness are endless, but these are some of my personal favorites.

When life gets hectic, it’s easy to forget the simple things that bring us joy, but we need to remember how essential they are.  It’s the small things that can make the difference!

Let’s keep our simple pleasures in mind and keep our faces aimed at the Sun!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Spring Seeds

Happiness

Touch of Nature

Décor doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive.  You can find a lot of beauty and inspiration in a simple thrifted bowl filled with dried flowers.

Let’s go out and scavenge some fresh or fallen flowers, sprinkle them over a table, fill a bowl or vase, press and frame, or draw from nature’s beauty another way!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Warm Winters

Dried Purple Flowers

Calm Solitude

Solitude is one of the best ways to get ready for or recover from the day.  It gives us time to think, relax, and recharge.

It can come in the form of reading a book, meditating, enjoying music, hiking, or engaging in a hobby.  The list goes on.

I highly recommend enjoying solitude often, whether from an hour to several.  Let’s take time to quiet our minds, reflect, and be mindful of the present moment.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has a good article on solitude that I recommend reading!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photograph of a tree with little pink flowers. 

DIY Oil Candle

DIY oil candle

Oil Lamp Candle Lit

Candle Quilted Glass

This oil candle was excitedly made after coming across an oil lamp DIY in ‘Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World’ by Kelly Coyne and Knutzen Erik.  Another DIY version can be found on the blog ‘Little House Living‘.

Method for this oil lamp:

Supplies:

  • Jar or other heat-resistant glassware, preferably lidded and hard to knock over.
  • Olive oil and water
  • 100% cotton, unbleached twine.  Consider food-safe, natural string used by cooks.
  • Glass rocks

 

Cut a length of twine that can sit on the bottom of the glass and reach the rim.  This will be your wick.  Hold it center in the glass, and drop in just enough glass marbles to hold it upright.  (You can use other things to hold the wick, but glass marbles silence personal anxiety about toxins leeching into the oil and burning into the air.  Oh, Anxiety, you pesky little rascal.)

Fill the glass partway with water, but not too much.  You want enough space to add the oil without drowning the wick.  Now add some olive oil (or other oil of choice).  This will float on the water and fuel your candle, though you’ll need to keep an eye on the oil level if it’s burning for hours.  Leave enough of the wick above the oil to burn, and let the wick sit long enough to soak up the fuel.

Light with a lighter, match, or the power of lightning (if you’re Thor), and enjoy your lead- and paraffin-free candle!

Tips:

  • Easily extinguish by dipping the wick in the oil.
  • If you’re using a canning jar, know that they are NOT leakproof!  Keep level, even when lidded.
  • Have the wick slightly shorter that the glassware’s rim, so the wick won’t touch the lid and get it oily.  And if the candle’s flame remains beneath the rim, it’ll be harder to accidentally catch things on fire.
  • Burn within sight, while conscious, and on a heat-resistant surface.  Not on a pile of matches while you sleep one off in the other room.

Let’s play around with DIY projects and see what we can make at home.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Vegan chocolate cake recipe RL diydeodorant