“I think contentment the greatest wealth.” —George Shelley
Eleven years ago today, true contentment in my life was absent. Unconsciously, when I began writing in the space that became TSLL on December 26, 2009, it was my hope that the recipe I sought would reveal how to cultivate and nurture and welcome into my everyday life true contentment. I feel incredibly grateful that I discovered and continue to be reminded that while true contentment will reveal itself through uniquely individual and particular choices, preferences, and combinations, fundamentally and conceptually, the recipe for true contentment is simple and one each of us can all follow if we have the courage to do so. Detailed in my second book Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self, the courage is often more largely about the exploration of ourselves – daring to dive deep, for once we have clarity about our truth, we have infinite fuel to share who we discover with the world, couragously so. However, it is by exercising our courage which reveals itself in a myraid of ways – strength, kindness, softness, vulnerability, stick-to-itiveness, curiosity, acceptance, awareness, discipline and many more skills we can all learn – that we find and experience daily true contentment.
The past year, as I shared more in-depth in yesterday’s monthly newsletter, provided a great awakening – a singular awakening unique to each of us should we have chosen to explore what was shaken loose, and a global awakening for the good of humanity, again should we be brave enough to see what was laid bare. What I have realized for myself provoked nervous hope, but clarity fundamentally about the essentials in my life and business which foster the space for creativity bringing to the forefront my own individual awareness.
I am so incredibly excited about tomorrow – the short and long term future – it tickles me to smile without trying. And I am excited about what my curiosity will lead me to discover so that I can then share with you, the readers of TSLL online destination.
With each year, gifts unexpected of ahas, kindred spirits, and deeper understanding on an array of topics present themselves, and immediately what I want to do is make clear sense of what I have learned so I can bring it to you. You will apply to your life what you read and hear and see here on TSLL in a manner that is unique to your journey, and that too is exciting.
With that spirit in mind and as a way to reflect, extend further appreciation as well as offer a glimpse of what the TSLL is all about through its regular weekly posts and podcast episodes to new readers and remind long-time readers of all that was shared, I have two lists for you to peruse today.
The first list is of remembrance and appreciation for 13 new discoveries in 2020 that delighted me, moved me, tickled me, brought clarity and/or ease of living to elevate the everyday even more. The second list consists of 11 books I read over the course of 2020 that taught me something I am or have now applied to my life in a way to improve its quality as I move forward along on my journey.
I share these lists as sort of a written time capsule, but also as a reminder that continual growth, continual exploration and a following of our curiosity is what deepens the living experience and expands the quality of our lives. We cannot remain where we are if we wish to grow, or as Frederick B. Wilcox shares, “Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.” Whatever progress or change you wish to see in your life in the new year, remember that it need not be instigated by grand overhauls, but rather consistent application of knowledge learned by heeding the beckoning call of our curiosity.
And now to the two lists. They are compiled in no particular order and are all equally books and finds I highly recommend. I do hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by the blog this past year. I look forward to stepping forward into the twelfth year of the blog with curiosity, bravery and a determined spirit to bring you content to which might inspire you along your unique simply luxurious journey. I do hope you will join me.
The English Game
~Petit Plaisir of episode #281 – 18 Ways to Welcome English Country Decor Ideas into Your Home
~shared in September 25th’s This & That
The Inn At Little Washington, documentary
~shared in April 3rd’s This & That
The Hook-Up Plan, series
~shared in June 19th’s This & That
Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
~Shared in the August 21st This & That.
~Shared in the season premiere of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen (Sorrel Chicken) as the Everyday Luxury
Borgen (all three seasons)
~Petit Plaisir of episode #291
Having finished the series, the final season – three – is my favorite, especially the final episode.
Melody Gardot’s 2020 album, Sunset in the Blue
~Petit Plaisir of Episode #292
11 Books I Read, Devoured and Happily Keep in My Library
The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship by David Whyte
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
~the focus of episode #273
The inspiration for episode #292 – Choose a Life You Love Living Each Day (yes, it is possible)
The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee
~the focus of episode #275
~the focus of episode #272
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