Back in 2012, Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist included Slow Your Home in a ‘blogs to watch’ post. Without drifting too far into hyperbole, that one link changed the direction of this blog and my writing. Suddenly I had people – quite a few of them – reading my words, and things have grown from there.
While my blog isn’t as widely read as Joshua’s I still like to pay it forward every year and pull together a list of simple living blogs that deserve our attention.
This year’s crop is actually very exciting to me, as I’m starting to see the ideas of simple living integrate into more mainstream concepts. One blog is all about simple, healthy food while another digs into capsule wardrobes (and soup). I feel like it’s a wonderful sign that this idea of living with less is really beginning to take hold, and to me, that’s incredibly exciting.
The simple living community is one of the most supportive and encouraging groups I’ve ever been a part of, and I hope you get as much enjoyment from these 6 blogs as I do:
A self-proclaimed packing expert and capsule wardrobe genius, Coco writes and vlogs about modern simple living, time management, healthy (often vegan-friendly) meals and building a small, fashionable wardrobe. To be honest, many of the clothing choices are gorgeous but not practical for me and my lifestyle, but they don’t need to be – that’s kind of the point. I find her approach refreshing and interesting and flexible enough to adapt to my needs, which is perfect.
I like this blog because: it comes at simplicity from a different angle.
Becs is living the dream. (Well, my dream, at least.) She is a permaculture designer and market garden veggie grower, living most days up to her elbows in some form of green. A self-confessed garden nerd and simple living enthusiast, Becs writes beautifully and mindfully about what it is to be completely present in our days. She is passionate about the life she is building, and that passion comes through in her writing and her gorgeous photography. And living a mindful life with passion is what simple living is all about, right?
I like this blog because: it speaks to my inner garden nerd and fills me with energy, gratitude and positivity.
I’m relatively new to this blog, but really love Jessica’s approach to simplicity. She writes about travel, goals, fitness, mindfulness, gratitude and simplifying – all through the lens of someone who is constantly learning and improving. I find that really refreshing and honest – after all, we’re all just learning aren’t we?
I like this blog because: it’s upbeat, honest and reflective. And it encourages me to keep learning and improving.
Sal is a minimalist on a mission. 2015 is her second go-around with Buy Nothing New for a Year, and I am really fascinated to watch her progress. She is interested in permaculture, self-sufficiency and the sharing economy, as well as simplifying. She has already written very honestly about her first year of buying nothing (you can read about it here and here) and the struggles, both emotional and practical, that she faced. It’s wonderful to have your thoughts on the status quo challenged, and reading this blog does just that.
I like this blog because: it challenges me in a very positive way.
Real food. Simply made. Sounds perfect! Since going vegetarian I have occasionally struggled to find interesting, healthy options that don’t require me to spend hours in the kitchen. And then I found Chelsea’s blog, which balances healthful and nutritious recipes with interesting and simple ingredients. So while it’s not strictly about simple living, it certainly is about simplicity in the food we eat. And for me, that is a huge part of taking simple living from being just about decluttering, to being about how we live our entire lives – including the food we eat.
I like this blog because: Chelsea doesn’t subscribe to fad diet or labels. She just makes real food, simple.
You won’t find a more authentic and honest blog than this. Kelly writes about mindfulness and positivity, as well as how to make our days less, well…frantic. She writes amazing manifestos about simplicity, including this one (my favourite) and advocates kindness and compassion. This is a BS-free zone and it’s a breath of fresh air every time I read her words. If you need some food for thought when it comes to how your days unfold, both internally and externally, then you should check this blog.
I like this blog because: Kelly always stokes my brain fire. She’s always asking questions and is never afraid to put herself out there on the page, all in an effort to slow down and connect with what really matters.
Are there any simple living blogs you’re loving right now? I’d love to hear about them and discover some more simplicity advocates doing their thing on the web. Feel free to share below.
Also: Beyond the To Do List
Last week I was interviewed by Erik Fisher of Beyond the To Do List – a podcast about the people behind the productivity.
It’s genuinely one of my favourite podcasts to listen to, so when I was invited to be part of it, I jumped at the chance.
Erik and I have a great chat about rhythm and routine, tilting and why it’s OK to not do it all. You can listen to the episode here, or download it via iTunes, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.