All in Intentional Living
May’s theme was flowers, so what better way to round it up than with an overview of the flower event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show? One of the big events of the London social calendar (which took place between 23 and the 27th), it’s also the best known of the Royal Horticultural Society many shows, some of which will take place with the backdrop of some of the country’s finest estates over the summer. Here’s our top 5 gardens from the recent show, in no particular order.
The answer is a resounding yes. When I talk to someone my age about antiques, the responses are usually something about it being an expensive hobby for elderly rich people. And it’s true, there are indeed luxury objects whose date of fabrication means they now have an even higher price tag than when they were bought new, but the factory-made china set a grandmother inherited from her grandmother is an antique too! Maybe you call it vintage, thinking that antiques really just refers to the expensive Georgian furniture you see on display at the V&A, and, as other Gen Y antiques enthusiasts pointed out before, you wouldn’t be to blame for that.
It’s May. The sun is out at last, after a few days that felt like a November come-back, so what better day to talk about doing a big clean of our wardrobes?
This past winter, this weirdly-pronounced word (it’s Danish) was all the rage in Britain. In our dark and cold nights, the idea of “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or wellbeing” just seemed the perfect antidote to feeling of bleakness worthy of a Dickens’ novel. However, hygge is about intentional living, not curling up on the couch with tea and a soft woollen blanket per se. As Britain approaches the season when it’s socially acceptable to host a barbeque no matter whether the sun is actually out, and sales of Pimm’s skyrocket, there is no need to be jealous of our Danish cousins across the sea: hygge for the summer is something most of us have already been doing, we just didn’t have a fancy word to make us feel like we were on trend.
One aspect of intentional living is being mindful that our actions have an impact, and so making decisions based on what impact they have, and trying to make it a positive impact as much as we can. Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, the day marking the birthday of the global environmental movement in the 1970s. Whether or not you are an activist or interested in being one, it’s a good occasion to celebrate our beautiful planet (did anyone say cake?).
There are many opportunities to celebrate it within our local communities, or you can do something to mark it with your family and friends, or even by yourself if you wish. Here’s a list of our favourite ideas of what to do to mark the day.
The title sounds like an oxymoron, but when it comes to lifestyle changes, it’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing exciting new things and inspirational people, and feeling like your life is a mess and you’re not living up to the standard. Intentional living, hygge, conscious consumerism etc all sound like very big terms, and it’s easy to find them daunting and unachievable, but the truth is, you may already be living like that without realising it was even a thing.
Intentional living is about taking conscious decisions so that more of our life is about what makes us happy. Many people use it as just a synonym for Minimalism, and in fact Joshua from The Minimalists makes the same “mistake” in their documentary (available on Netflix) when answering the frequent objection that people don’t want to get rid of collections they have because they are passionate about it. It’s, in a way, a justifiable “mistake”: in recent years, minimalism has become a mainstream word (I’m writing a book with that word in the title too). Talk about intentional living and people usually give you a blank stare. However, they are not the same.