Last month, I began my first install of monthly favorites and I enjoyed it. I hope you did too. May was definitely a month full of self-reflection, which is a good thing. I read some pretty great books and tried a few new things. It seems like May flew by. Although, I’m pretty sure that’s a phrase that has been overused every single month that the previous month flew by. One thing that has been on my mind this past month is how I see minimalism and living minimally. I know that my perceived notion of it has definitely changed and I have went through spouts of overspending and buying items that I didn’t need. Which is one reason why I wrote my last post about my style mindset and getting back to the simplicity of it all.
my five favorites from may:
something to read: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
This was the first book I read in May and it was such a great choice! I absolutely love this book and it is a must read for every single person! It is a nonfiction book about Paul Kalanithi who is curious (and afraid) when it comes to death. In this book, he comes up close and personal with death as a Neurosurgery Resident. I don’t want to give any more away, but this book will definitely inspire you in more ways than one.
something to smell: room scents
So, I love a clean and fresh living space especially when it comes to scents. I love Bath & Body Works wallflowers and candles. It takes forever for them to be used up completely, so I absolutely love them. I purchased a few on sale in December and I haven’t had to buy any new ones since. If you’d like an air freshener that is very potent and long-lasting than these are for you! But in all honesty, room scents of any kind will work.
something to wear: dainty rings
I have always been an avid ring wearer. But lately I have gotten back into wearing rings all the time, every day. I love simple rings that can be stacked, or rings with simple jewels. Usually I purchase mine from American Eagle because you can get a seven rings in one package at buy one get one half off a few times a year. Otherwise I pick up single rings whenever mine get worn, lost, or turn colors.
something to listen to: the chasing joy podcast
Podcasts have been apart of my life for a while now. When I first listened to them I was hooked and I wanted to find more and more. However, lately I’ve been decreasing my consumption when it comes to podcasts, YouTube channels, and social media in general.
But one thing I have done is found a few podcasts I enjoy and binge-listened to them to catch up. One of them is The Chasing Joy Podcast by Georgie over at In It 4 The Long Run. It is one of my newfound loves when it comes to podcasts. If you’d like to know more about this podcast I wrote a post: here. You can also try it out for yourself by listening to it on iTunes.
something to try: wearing less makeup
I have been working a lot on defining what minimalism means to me by focusing on the simplicity of it all. One way that I have done this is by curating a minimal makeup collection. I did this to find essentials that worked for my life and my extremely sensitive skin. I also wanted to wear less makeup and let my skin breathe. During this past month, I have probably worn makeup about two or three times a week. Most of the time I don’t even bother, instead I focus on my skincare and face masks. I let these days be my no-makeup, natural beauty days.
what were your favorite things in may?