For a number of years I’ve been on a mission to intentionally create a beautiful life. It’s not always easy but I do believe we each have the power within us to mold and shape a life that brings us joy. I draw inspiration from a number of sources but as a lifetime book lover, it’s no surprise that I often turn to the printed word to help me create the beautiful life I seek.
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6 Books That Help Me Create a Beautiful Life
I bought a copy of this book back in the early 90s and became an Alexandra Stoddard fan immediately. I was totally enchanted by the lifestyle portrayed and have since read almost everything she’s written. Living a Beautiful Life is chock full of delightful ideas for adding beauty to our homes and our daily lives. I re-read portions of this book fairly often.
2. Chic & Slim
I “met” Anne Barone, the author of the Chic & Slim books (there are several) in a Yahoo Group many years ago. She was one of the first to try to explain just what it is about French women’s lifestyle that keeps them slim. Far more than a diet book, Chic & Slim explores the culture and daily lifestyle of the French. There is much to emulate here.
This beautifully-written book by Jennifer L. Scott reveals many secrets of the French “je ne sais quoi” that many of us find so alluring. Ms. Scott has published two additional books and is working on another. I will be reading them all!
While I admittedly draw much of my inspiration from the French, I have also been smitten by the Danish concept of “hygge”. I’ve written a couple of posts on the subject:
While “hygge” has become extremely popular in the past couple of years, the Swedish “lagom” is just starting to enjoy widespread popularity. I’m reminded of the childhood story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in which Goldilocks discovers that which is “just right”.
American culture is often a study in extremes. Hoarding or minimalism. Obesity or eating disorders. Overwork or excessive idleness. Lagom is all about moderation and balance – something I believe to be a worthy goal.
This last book may seem an odd choice but hear me out. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of “death cleaning”, here is what the author has to say about it:
“Death cleaning is not about dusting or mopping up; it is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life run more smoothly,” she explains. And you may even find the process itself enjoyable, she adds. “It is a delight to go through things and remember their worth.”
The idea is to avoid leaving a gigantic task to your loved ones when you die. The author suggests this should be undertaken somewhere around one’s sixth decade but it can certainly be done earlier. In fact, I would argue that it’s not a bad idea to have this concept in the back of one’s mind even if you’re only 30 years old. Many of us accumulate way more than we actually need or enjoy and that excess complicates our lives.
Life With Dee‘s tagline is “create a beautiful life” so it should come as no surprise that I am constantly on the lookout for resources to help me do just that. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear about them!
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