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Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Not far from my hometown in Massachusetts is a minimalist writer’s mecca: Concord, home of some of my favourite writers: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott. I requested a weekend outing to this charming New England town, to soak up some history and inspiration.

First we drive by Walden Pond, where Thoreau lived in a cabin from 1845-1847, writing Walden; or Life in the Woods [a must-read for aspiring minimalists!]. It’s too crowded to enter just yet – oddly, it’s a beach destination, despite the serene intentions for my visit.

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Off to Emerson‘s house, where I learn that he was a curious and clever dude. He travelled often, and Thoreau would hang out at the house, doing odd jobs and building presents for Emerson’s kids. Cool Uncle Henry. Funny story – Ralph’s wife, Lydia, changed her name to “Lydian” because Bostonians pronounced it “Lydiar”.

On the way out, we stop in their beautiful playground-esque garden.

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Next up: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where my Concord heroes lay to rest on Author’s Ridge. Some visitors left pens and pencils at their graves, reminding me of visiting Douglas Adams’s grave in London.

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Lunch in Concord means Comella’s, obviously. A quick local Italian place that has burst into a Boston-area chain. The World Cup was on so we got a glimpse of modernity to break up the day.

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Off to Thoreau Farm, a marvelous hidden gem - a walk-through museum on the site of Thoreau’s birth. I loved reading bits about his enthusiastic, deliberate lifestyle. They even rent out one of the room to writers – special!

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

Back to Walden Pond. The crowd has died down, so we opt for a nature loop around the place, retracing Thoreau’s steps. We observe the site of his cabin, and meander down to the edge of the pond. The beach-y part is across from us in the distance, but our spot is quiet and private, so we skip rocks and gaze on the rippling water. Nothing inspires like a walk – or even just a sit – in the woods.

Mini Adventure: a Minimalist Pilgrimage to Concord

monday mini adventuresmaking the most of one’s surroundings through conscious exploration and appreciation 

miss xandra bee

P.S. if you’ve caught the minimalist bug, here’s a list of 14 films that inspire minimalism and mindfulness!

Sunday Sampling: Magical Productivity Bundle, Insomnia, and Singletasking

SUNDAY-SAMPLING

 

 

♡ This video on singletasking is both profound and hilarious. Must watch!

♡ Blake Lively’s online business is finally here, and I think it’s quite cool.

♡ A really cute illustration + actually insightful steps for your biggest dreams: Cycle of an Idea

♡ Kat‘s lists are always unpredictable and bluntly bloody useful. This is no exception: 7 Secrets of Making Money Online

♡ Introverts and insomnia: a fresh take on the liberation of insomnia. Really sweet!

♡ I reeeally want to start a record collection after reading Pearl’s guide.

♡ Oh my gosh. These time machines to the 90s are glitter-tastic.

miss xandra bee

P.S. Today is the LAST day (midnight UK time) to purchase the Spikes and Stardust Magical Productivity Bundle, which includes my book among other inspiring ladies’!


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Birthday List

 Birthday List

I spent the few hours before my birthday [I was born at midnight] composing a list of 24 things to do before I’m 24. That’s 365 days from today. Sarah from The Laughing Medusa does this every year, and she makes it look really fun!

Birthday List

  1. visit a new country
  2. run a new 10K or half marathon
  3. visit Cornwall
  4. have my astrological chart drawn up
  5. write another song
  6. find the perfect tarot deck
  7. write a letter to Jo Rowling
  8. stargaze
  9. volunteer
  10. ride a new roller coaster
  11. learn a new card game
  12. perform
  13. add crystals
  14. go fruit picking
  15. have a picnic
  16. visit the Isle of Skye
  17. play croquet
  18. see a Shakespeare play I haven’t seen before
  19. take an art class
  20. have a spa day
  21. celebrate Midsummer
  22. join a book club
  23. attend a new festival

Any ideas for number 24?

 miss xandra bee

My latest project. [I'm giddy.]

My latest project. I'm giddy.

It is with utter delight that I announce the birth of a new project: Heroine Training.

Writing Becoming My Own Heroine got me thinking. When I de-clutter my life, I leave room for the essential things that define me as a heroine.

Heroine Training is a hub for creativity and self-empowerment. It is the conjunction of fictional worlds, a guidebook for your own travels and trainings.

Get your pencils ready for Lesson 1: How to Keep a Personal Journal, then read Sarah [The Laughing Medusa]‘s guest travel guide: East London Fit for Heroine. Warning: May cause extreme wanderlust.

And that’s just the free content. More on some exciting, exclusive offerings very soon!

miss xandra bee

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

At the end of June, I was supposed to fly to England in time for my college’s 700th birthday party, but alas. My visa wasn’t back from the UKBA in time, prolonging my stay in the USA. 

Deciding to make the most of it, I flagged a recipe in my favourite cookbook to try for dinner the night I was supposed to fly. “Um, actually, let’s make veggie burgers instead”, my mom suggested. Fine.

I came back from a run the same time Dad and Sister got back from Boston and Mama from the grocery store. “Do you need any help unloading the car?” I asked. “Um, go take a shower.” Fine.

When I came downstairs, Mama told me to pick out toppings from the menu. ?? There was a handmade Atomic Burger menu on the kitchen table.

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Oh. my gosh. My favourite restaurant is the nerdy and wonderful Atomic Burger, as you may know.

Looking up, the mantle was decked out in appropriately nerdy paraphernalia. 

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

“Those are your postcards,” Sister explains. “How did you know where they were?” I ask. “Oh, since I’ve been watching crime shows I’ve become way more observant.”

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

There was even an alethiometer for Lyra!

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party
I happen to be wearing my Captain Planet shirt, and Sister runs upstairs to change into her Joker shirt, because if I’m supporting the superhero, she’s supporting the super villain. Same goes for the World Cup.  

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Logan got dressed up too:

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise PartyMini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

There were milkshakes and root beer floats:Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Sci-fries, and Frito Bandito burgers [which I have replicated before]:

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

And just when I thought the surprises were over, out came Sweet birthday cupcakes for Exeter College! 

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

And a pupcake for Logan, too!

Mini Adventure: Atomic Surprise Party

Thank you, family, for bringing England to me!

miss xandra bee 





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