In an increasingly digital world, I’m on some backwards mission to get back to grass roots and spend the summer having a little down time (which yes, means a few weeks off travel – crazy huh!?) reading up on how to have a more successful year in 2016, how to have a more meaningful year in 2016, and mostly just how to chase other dreams in 2016 (I know, the irony giving that I write a blog daily and you are reading about this digital detox o n l i n e ). But its true, we all need a little time to ourselves to reboot and refresh, so here’s what I’ll be reading this summer whilst I do so – let me know if you read along too!
I’ve long had a dream to build a cabin in the woods. I think if I’m to think about it hard enough, this dream probably really kicked into overdrive when I was in Lapland, Finland, in a thick layer of snow inside a small cottage with hot cup of cocoa wondering what life would be like if I just bought a cabin here and disappeared. Seriously, it doesn’t sound like half a bad idea! One of my dreams this year is to get these plans into action. Step one; acquire land (could be more difficult than I imagine). Step two; make plans to make plans. Step three; make those plans. Step four; get plans approved. Step five; build the cabin of dreams (that will most likely be a treehouse). I’ll keep you updated.
I’m sure by now that everyone knows I’m obsessed with Paris and all things French, and since I just booked a plane ticket there for the spring, I’ve decided to up my summer reading list to include some Paris classics, new Parisian novels I have got my hands on (Christmas present to yourself, anyone?) and even put a little French language in there. “My Paris Dream” is my dream life – escaping the rest of the world to create your own little world in Paris, surely the world’s most beautiful city. Its not likely to happen for me anytime soon, so for now I’ll escape into this book and live vicariously through the author.
When I found this book in my Amazon recommendations list, I knew I had to have it. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to live as simply as possible whilst at home – sourcing vegetables, herbs and even fruits from my own garden, creating candles and creams and all sorts of lotions and potions for myself, and just start to appreciate the act of doing.
Following on from my above recommendation, I would highly recommend this book as well, especially for those looking to create a home that shows your labours of love. If I lived at home more often I would definitely try to find all the answers inside this book, but realistically this will only last the summer as in January I jet off again for another year of adventures! Regardless, I’m gonna give it a go for the summer!
Are you sensing a theme yet!? Clearly I’m excited about spending a little more time at home to kick off the year! As the title suggests, this is another home book that encourages readers to live a self sufficient lifestyle, something I’d love to follow in the future – whenever I take a break from travelling – if ever! I’m looking forward to giving these recipes a try mostly as they offer really great healthy options and the New Year is always a great time for a detox.
I’ve already sung the praise of this book elsewhere in my top books for about Paris for wannabe Parisians, but I will just add: I have serious food envy and cravings when I read this book, so a warning for all salted caramel and crepe lovers out there, this book will leave you wanting to jump on the next flight to Paris!
I opened up my mail a few days ago and this book was inside with a little note that read “I saw this and I thought of you”. The title is probably a straight up giveaway and it certainly got my excited! (I know, I know…. something about books and judging them by their covers)