I haven’t really made any firm resolutions this year… other than learning from a frantic 2016, vowing to make sure that my 2017 contains much more peace, calm, space and time, and to make sure I stick to what The Curve is all about… keeping thing SIMPLE.

So, to kick off this year’s posts, here are 4 great inspirational blogs (all quite varied) that in their own different ways often make me slow down and calm down… and instantly make me feel more virtuous by proxy even if I’ve done nothing personally to earn it (usually the case).

So if you’re like me, and feeling like a bit of a frazzled grotbag, take a look at the loveliness below and let’s hope a bit of them rubs off on us so that together we can wend our weary way to wholesomeness and calm.

Oh, and I really wanted to include 5 blogs here, cos 5 seemed like so much of a better number than 4 in my numerically-neurotic brain that likes to ’round things up’. But I couldn’t think of a fifth so I fought the urge to drive myself nuts finding one and decided, in the name of keeping things simple, that 4 is absolutely fine. Maybe you guys could provide a fifth one in the comments below 🙂

1) LULASTIC AND THE HIPPYSHAKE

“‘There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children; roots & wings.’ Also; a deep appreciation of sitting around in your PJs drinking tea. If you are a bit of a hippy at heart, you’ll love it all. Otherwise, you might find it a bit weird.”
I love this blog. Lucy totally nails being a self-confessed passionate ‘hippy’ in search of an idyllic and natural life whilst at the same time being really down to earth and unpretentious. Reading this makes me drift off into dreams of a heavenly simpler life whilst often pissing myself laughing at the same time.

2) THE SIMPLE THINGS

“The Simple Things is […] all about taking time to live well. We celebrate slowing down, enjoying what you have, making the most of where you live, enjoying the company of friends and family, and feeding them well.”
This is a lovely publication – I have a subscription to the paper magazine (I ask for this as a Christmas/birthday present as it feels a bit extravagant getting it for myself). It’s very aspirational, and I have to admit, I know full well that I will never get my sorry ass round to doing (and sometimes affording) half of the stuff in there… But I always feel like I’ve had a little mini-break in a quiet cottage after I’ve sat for an hour on the sofa reading it. There are some great recipes and I love the focus on food, friends and family – it always makes me want to step away from electronics and invite people over for dinner.

3) SEEDS & STITCHES

“A lifestyle blog about embracing the seasons […] I am documenting my journey from fun, slightly chaotic, London living, to a slower, wilder life that is far more connected to mother nature, and what’s most important to our family.”
Peace and calm oozes out of this blog. It’s all about paring it back and simple, easy ways to connect with nature and the seasons, which is great for someone like me who is a nature-lover living in the middle of the city. The projects and suggestions are really doable and simple – things that you think, why hadn’t I thought of doing that?! It’s great to read how someone who is a self-confessed “busy, buzzy headed sort of person” (like me) is able to successfully carve out this lovely calm and slowness in her life.

4) ZEN HABITS

“Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.”
Practical tips on how to reduce the ‘noise’ around us – it’s crazy how much of it I just think of as ‘normal’, part of the fabric of my life, until I read something like this that shows me how much of it is optional. There are loads of great articles and tips and tricks to simplify and calm your life – it’s worth scanning through the archives to find great bite-sized posts that relate specifically to whatever you’re feeling at this particular moment.

So there they are! My recommendations for simple inspiration. Please do share any others you know of in the comments below!

{Anna}