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A Heroine Makes a Task a Celebration

A Heroine Makes a Task a Celebration

Reading The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Susan Hayes and working with the Super Awesome Ashley Wilhite have left me with the same major takeaway: I need to celebrate my successes before rushing on to my next task. 

So I went through my goals for the next few months, purposefully writing them in chart form, with the column representing my reward taking up equal space as the task itself. It seemed overwhelming at first, like my to do list had doubled. But then I rearranged things.

One of those things is taking a bath. I am one of those weird people who does not enjoy baths, even when they are full of bubbles, salts, and other goodies. I probably inherited this reluctance to bathe in luxury from my mother, from whom I also inherited chronic shoulder pain. 

So instead of making bath time a task, I turned it into a celebration for when I finish writing the week’s Letter from Jane Austen. At first it seemed silly to reward myself for completing the task, because I get so much joy from rereading Jane Austen, articulating the chapters in the context of modernity, and hitting send to deliver my little letters to my special list of heroines in training (it is never too late to sign up, by the way!). But bath time is a signal for my body to relax, and it is also an unintended pun: of course I would celebrate Jane Austen in BATH. 

Reading in the tub is difficult with foggy glasses, and the heightened stress of soaking my book cancels out the benefits of relaxation, so I brought with me instead the London Style Guide, which is more for skimming than scrutiny. So I was being doubly productive – my reward for scheduling a visit to London was to start a list of things to do.

Here is another task that seemed like it hardly deserved celebration as it was quite exciting in itself, and yet, shockingly, getting myself even more excited was not only warranted, but enjoyable. Treating this time to plan in celebration made me enjoy its full pleasure rather than the inevitable, guilty binge Googling when I’m supposed to be writing my dissertation or something. Moreover, it made even bath time bearable and pleasant!

miss xandra bee

In this new series, Heroine at HomeI reflect on the joys of spending the day in one’s own abode.

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What a Minimalist Heroine Does With Books

What a Minimalist Heroine Does With Books

I started out as a Minimalist-Except-Books. I loved the idea of having a room full of nothing but them, spilling out of their shelves, towering in stacks towards the ceiling.

My vision has changed. I’ve gotten pickier. I no longer want just books, but a curated collection of favourites that I will want to dip into again and again. My clothbound Austens are lined up at my desk, awaiting my letter-writing project, with The Happiness Project and Madame Chic books laid on top. My hardcover American Potters have journeyed over to Scotland to cosy up by my bed, with a stack of fresh paperbacks to venture into for the first time.

I love my Potter-faced kindle, but prefer to read from real paper, supporting my favourite bookshops, and letting my eyes rest during bedtime reading. So when I finish a book that I enjoyed, but probably won’t read again, I think of a friend who might like it too…

What a Minimalist Heroine Does With Books

I tuck a little note inside…

What a Minimalist Heroine Does With Books

…wrap it up in Anthropologie tissue, tie with twine, and send it off to a new home.

surprise :)

miss xandra bee

P.S. more book arranging: Feng Shui for Bookworms

Mini Adventure: Culture Thursdays

Mini Adventure: Culture Thursdays

Here’s something I just started that you might like to do as well!

I love the arts, and learning new things, so naturally most of my friends do too. We have good intentions in common: we mean to go to things, but don’t go as often as we would like. It’s crazy, since I live in Edinburgh, which is full of beautiful things to see and do!

So I founded Culture Thursdays. A small group of us collect events suggestions and vote on our favourites to get out and experience our city each Thursday. 

The first event was “A Sycamore Sings”, a violin and piano concert at the National Portrait Gallery with poetry readings, all in memory of World War I. Even the violin itself was significant, as it was constructed from sycamore wood from Craiglockhart, which hosted a military hydropathic hospital during the war. The programme was so meaningfully organised and presented, serving as an excellent first event! I even got to browse the current exhibition, “Beauty by Design: Fashioning the Renaissance” before the concert began.

Mini Adventure: Culture Thursdays

Thursday falls at the end of my academic week this semester, so each outing will be my treat for completing my work. It is so lovely to see the world from another perspective – which is what art does for me – and to share that experience with friends new and old.

Mini Adventure: Culture Thursdays

I do adore being an audience member, especially with a venue like this ^ surrounding me. Culture Thursdays are my new way to relax and rejuvenate while taking a step back from myself to fit into what others have created.

miss xandra bee

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Sunday Sampling: Plan Your Day Backwards

SUNDAY-SAMPLING

♡ if you’re bogged down by expectations of what “everyone else has”, here are 16 things your kitchen can do without

♡ so many ideas for getting creative, you’ll be bubbling with excitement in no time.

♡ ideas for displaying your magazines in a fashionable manner

♡ Valerie from The Sweet Seed shows how to rock a classic black blazer like 7 different celebs

♡ if you’re starting a new business, here are some really useful tips on the nuts & bolts

Plan Your Day Backwards, and 4 other great tips for productivity

♡ an activity does not have to be useful to be wonderful. YES.

miss xandra bee

Minimalist Challenge: Pretend Like You’re Packing


Happy new year and happy new project! 

Your mission this week is to pretend like you’re packing. See more details in the video, pack your imaginary suitcase, and tell me how it goes! I’m also excited to share the Fashionably Light Guide to Packing! All my best posts on packing, in one place :)

miss xandra bee