Welcome, May!

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It’s May! The height of Spring! The flowers are blooming, there are baby animals everywhere, the weather is transitioning to that sweet spot between spring and summer. I had really lapsed in the maintenance of my Bullet Journal but recently discovered that of all of my many planners, it truly is the system that works best for me. Luckily, due to its very nature, I was able to pick it up and jump right in again! So, here’s my monthly layout for May – inspired by all of the beautiful tulips that I’ve been seeing lately. Spending a few minutes to create something lovely and personal- even though I have a built-in calendar on my phone- was a wonderful way to start off a new month with mindfulness and intention. I’m looking forward to planning the next few weeks and I will definitely be scheduling blocks of time just for myself – to focus inward and simply take a moment or two to slow down and breath.

The Mindfulness of Corresponding

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I’ve been writing a lot of letters lately. The entire act has been a way to slow down and practice mindfulness in a world that I often feel is rushing past me entirely too frantically. For half an hour, I am lost in a process that is deeply rooted in history and get to indulge myself in all of the beautiful accoutrements- pretty paper, lovely stamps (the ones above are sweet little seashells) fountain pens, inks, washi tape. Things that I can never resist collecting, so why not put them to good use! The meditative steps to letter writing are mirrored by the act of receiving mail as well. You, the letter-writer slow down as you write, focused on every beautiful detail. They, your recipient, don’t feel the pressure of immediate response (as happens with emails) and so they get to slow down as well – savoring each word long after they are first read. In today’s age, when everything is urgent, short, immediate – lingering over something is a rare luxury. When was the last time you were able to have long, uninterrupted thoughts? Making dainty little packages, sending them off, knowing they will be eagerly received – a slow ritual in a hyper world, yes, but one that somehow feels more and more important as technology keeps progressing.