{miraculous body}

There are over 600 muscles in the human body.
A microliter of blood contains over 5 million red blood cells.
There is an average of 100,000 hairs on your head, which actually may vary depending on your hair color.

You are miraculous. You are intricate down to the drop of blood from a finger prick. You are delicate and still resilient. All those flaws you think you have aren’t flaws; they are the equivalent to the variations that emerge with every brush stroke of a masterpiece. Which is what you are: a masterpiece.

photography by christian weber

{a different kind of minimalism}

When you think of minimalism, what do you see? I see stark, white, clean lines, that verge on harsh. It’s always been a turn off for me; I’ve never identified with that aesthetic. I’ve been slowly reducing the amount of things I own, but I’ll admit, I’ve had a bit of anxiety over my inability to reconcile what makes a space comfortable to me and what I thought minimalism should look like. I have a tendency to let clutter build up if I own too much, so the solution is to own less. It simplifies life in a way that borders absurd. But, I still gravitate toward the glamorous, detailed, ornamented, and elaborate.

So, I put aside the aesthetic of the minimalist design movement, and thought of what minimalism really means: simplicity.

Now, take a look at the rooms below.

If you think about it, there are little to no frills in the rooms below. It’s all bare bones, but with beautiful lines. The palette is earthy and natural, which keeps it from looking as cold as many more modern minimal spaces do. It’s absolutely elegant and inviting, yet it still meets the standards laid out here.

I could live with this. I know most of my design-loving readers could, too.

So what’s the point? Why am I writing about this? Well, I think that to most people minimalism can be intimidating and exclusionary. It’s all or nothing, which doesn’t make it simple to work toward. The solution is to re-imagine it. Get rid of the assumptions, because it really doesn’t have to be that way. Everyone can benefit from simplicity, so if you’ve ever felt that you might want to live with less of anything in your life, you shouldn’t be intimidated. It’s personal. It’s not a competition. In fact it’s the opposite of that. Just start somewhere, and don’t be afraid that you aren’t doing it right.


images from Coté Sud {via} Haute Design

{bit of beauty: possibility}

1 : the condition or fact of being possible
2 archaic : one’s utmost power, capacity, or ability
3 : something that is possible
4: the most awesome word in the English language

Ok, so I added that fourth one.

It really is though. Possibility is the most beautiful word. Without possibility there would be no anticipation, no adventure, and no imagination. It’s what keeps life exciting and keeps us moving forward. Knowing that something is possible gives us something to hope for. We work for what we believe is possible. {What we believe is possible is a topic for a whole other post.} It’s all about wonder: “What could be?”

So for today, and this weekend, I want you to wonder. Wonder at the possibilities of anything. Ask yourself: “What could be?”

Then ask yourself: “How?”

{you may also like}
+ self imposed limits and how to overcome them
+ the ellipsis
+ what you buy when you buy a lottery ticket

image from flickr